Wednesday, November 23, 2011

10 Home Staging Tips

Having  a hard time selling your home? Has it been on the market for some time with no bites? Perhaps you need to do a little home staging. Here are some excellent staging tips.
1.     Increase your curb appeal.
Make potential buyers fall in love with your home before they even get out of the car. Use potted plans with colorful flowers, power wash the driveway and sidewalks, get rid of the weeds in the planters and yard, and keep the grass mowed.  First impression is everything!
2.    Do the white-glove test.
Think ‘mother-ion-law is coming’ clean. Your home should sparkle, Vacuum, dust, mop, clean windows, and use air freshener. Also, don’t forget about the kitty litter box. You might also need to clean inside cupboards, under sinks, and in the closets.
3.    Modernize your color pallet
Use strong, neutral colors so that potential buyers can imagine their own furniture matching the walls. A neutral home appears larger and has less chance of offending someone. Also, open up blinds and draperies to make sure there's sufficient natural light throughout the home. Remember, lighting is the most effective way to set a mood.
4.  Depersonalize.
Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Excessive personal items like photos, collections, personal awards, electronics and collectibles will make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves, and their stuff, in your space.
5. Consider replacing furnishings.
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and get rid of extra pieces. The time has come to move beyond matching furniture, so break up your sets; dated can easily become eclectic with editing and rearranging. Consider consulting with a professional staging company for design direction and advice on rental furnishings to create an inviting home with broad appeal to a wide range of buyers.
6. Invest in new artwork.
Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Photography can be used to contemporize a room and add a splash of color as well.
7. Make repairs.
Make your home a high-maintenance zone. Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint as well as broken fixtures and fittings that you've neglected.
Not only can an area rug hide shabby flooring, but it can also bring in added color and depth to a space.
8. Apply a fresh coat of paint.
It's the best bang for your buck that will quickly refresh a dull, dated room. Slap a fresh, neutral color on the space. Choose a beige or taupe for living spaces and a neutral green or blue for bathrooms.
9. Don't forget the floors.
Get rid of worn carpets, and consider refinishing shabby hardwood floors. An inexpensive new area rug is a quick fix and can disguise the look of old floors.
10. Spring for new light fixtures.
Renew the look of the room by replacing old or dated light fixtures, door hardware, light switches and outlets. If it's tacky and older than you, get it out of there.

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