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The Basics of Home Staging

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Date:   8/27/2019 8:25:32 AM   ( 4 y ) ... viewed 122 times

Home staging has become better known in recent years, due to the rise in popularity of real estate TV shows and blogs. Even so, many sellers are still a bit confused as to how to stage their home for maximum impact. Here are a few basics you should know about home staging.

An Empty House is Hard to Sell

Some sellers move everything out of their home, thinking this will give buyers a better look at the 'bones.' While technically that may be true, don't forget that emotions are involved in a home purchase. A house without any furniture doesn't feel like a home. It can feel sterile, cold, and lifeless, and this can have a negative impact on buyers. They'll remember hearing their own voices echo while touring the property. And they'll have more difficulty imaging what it's like to live in the home.

A Home with Too Much Stuff is Also Hard to Sell

Before going onto the market, you should 'declutter' your home by putting into storage knick-knacks, some furniture, items associated with pets, and so on. The goal is to make your home looked lived-in and comfortable while at the same time spacious, streamlined, and full of natural light. Anything that doesn't add to that overall effect should stored. Seriously: One of your best investments as a seller is a storage unit.


Your home is now a product for sale, so it's important to show it in its best light. One way is to remove highly personal artifacts. Sure, you may be proud of your Seattle Seahawks memorabilia. But what if a potential buyer is a San Francisco 49ers fan? He'll be thinking about how the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl, instead of thinking about your home. The same goes for religious artifacts, anything that's controversial or has to do with politics, old family photos, diplomas, and such. You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home—not wondering about you.

Paint and Polish

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint makes it smell new, and it makes the walls look clean. An investment in new carpet or refinished hardware floors can also help boost your home's sales price. And even though many buyers get their first look at a property online, curb appeal; making your home's exterior and surrounding yard look attractive is still critical.

About author: I am a full-time finance teacher who likes to interact with new people on social networks who also share a common interest in internet learning. You can read my articles on My educational background in economics and passion for numbers are the main factors that qualify me as an expert on personal finance. Additionally, I've always been intrigued by how money and the economy work, from following interest rates to the latest GDP reports, and I've always paid very close attention to my own personal finances.

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