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Staging Your Home

home stagingA popular trend in maximizing your selling strategy is called Staging Your Home. There are companies that specialize in this and will rent you furniture and come in and design a perfect stage for your home. Or you can do it yourself. This is done by giving potential buyers the feeling of a perfect house. Items are brought into your house to maximize its assets and bring down unwanted appearances.

For instance if your kitchen already shows well, you will want to remove clutter, clean countertops and cabinets and place flowers, pretty bowls of fruit or a nice candle inside to make it feel warm and inviting. But if your family room is a little small you may want to take out large furniture and replace it with a small sofa and arm chair. It will make the room feel more spacious and less cluttered. Things like plants, hardcover books, nicely framed family photos, can add character to a house and make people envision living there. It is essentially like going into a model home. Designers try to picture what a potential home buyer who is seeking that size and style home may want. If it is a conventional family style neighborhood, such as Lansbrook, they may stage it for a growing family. If it is a snowbird’s sanctuary, they may have great getaway theme that does not need to accentuate family lifestyles.

Pool or patio areas are a great place to stage a home as well. People who want a pool home generally want to entertain outside or enjoy family weekends splashing in the water. Nice patio furniture, an attractive stainless steel outdoor grill, or outside kitchen or a perfectly placed lounging raft can give buyers a vision of floating in the water or entertaining their family for a perfect spring party.

Bathrooms are also a great place. A bowl of potpourri, a nicely placed candle, and small accents can give a boring bathroom a romantic or homey feeling. New towels, bath mats and shower curtains are also a great place to start. People don’t want to see warn and dated things and will not picture themselves soaking in a warm bath after a long day at work in a dated bathroom. This is a place where putting away personal hygiene items and a well spent $50 at your favorite linen store can really pay off.

Kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces truly sell a home. Make yours stand out above the rest. Today’s real estate market is very competitive. You need an advantage over your neighbors and small touches can mean a big return on your investment.

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