Looking to sell a house? Time to stage! Professionals in real estate always hire stagers to sell their homes? Why? Because staging is key to getting top dollar for your home. On average, experts say that you can get $2 in increased sale price for every $1 you put into home staging. For the pros, that means if they pay a company $2000 to stage a home, that home will sell for $4000 more than the neighbors home down the street.

For homeowners, this means it’s worth it to clean up, spruce up, and make your home look its very best. Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know to stage your home to sell.

    De-personalize. Buyers need to see themselves in the space, so take down your kids pictures and your wedding portraits. You can keep the frames, but replace the photos with something generic.  Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean to remove all your décor. The home should look ready to live in so leave the lights on, set the table, and fluff the pillows.staging-1

    Show the Space. Maximize the space in your home by cleaning out that storage room that’s stuffed to the brim. If you can only see half of your closet space because the other half is filled top to bottom this is the time to clear it out. You don’t have to empty every cupboard and closet, but make sure they are tidy enough to allow someone else to see the space, not just the stuff.staging-2

     Sanitize. Clean, seriously, clean.  This is more than wiping down the bathrooms and sweeping the floor. Your home will be scrutinized by every person that walks in, it should look, feel, (and smell) like a brand new home. They will look in every cupboard, drawer, and corner, so clean them all. Scrub that oven, get the stains out of the carpet, and put some elbow grease into it. This is the cheapest, and easiest way sell a house quickly.  staging-3

    Go Modern. Most homes could use a little sprucing up to make them look a little more modern. If you have nickel or brass fixtures, consider swapping them out. You can also update cabinets if you have the budget, or even just adding a new area rug in the entry or kitchen can make a big difference.staging-4

    Neutralize. You may love your bright green accent wall, but that doesn’t love buyers will. Colors can be very off-putting to buyers, so neutralize your home with a fresh coat of paint. This also gives you a second benefit of giving your home that “new” smell that buyers will notice the moment they walk in. I hope these staging tips help you sell a house fast!

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