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Setting to Sell: 4 Home Staging Tips for Realtors

By Mike Wheatley | September 18, 2017

One thing that past couple of decades has shown is the fact that home staging helps sell homes. Even during the real estate downturn of a decade ago, well-staged homes outsold their competition. Today, staging has evolved but still remains a mainstay to getting a home off the market fast. Let's look at four of the top staging tips used by realtors.

Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
They say location is the most important thing in buying a home. When it comes to selling a home, decluttering is at the top of the list. Buyers get instantly turned off when they walk into a cluttered home, even if it is immaculately clean. Clutter grabs the eye and doesn't let it go. So, instead of noticing the large open living space, the buyer is staring at the wall of figurines the current owner collects. After decluttering your space, you may keep your stuff in a self storage unit until you move to your new home.

Fresh Linens and Towels
A lot of people keep using towels until they are ragged and ready for the rag bin. That is a great thing for the environmentally or budget minded. However, a sad, old ragged towel is not an appealing sight for a potential buyer. Invest in fresh imabari bath towels and linens. Fluffy white towels brighten up a bathroom. Crisp linens make a bed feel inviting. And those are things you want a buyer to feel, instead of pity for the ragged towel.

Bring in Some Contemporary Furniture
In an ideal situation, a seller will have a fresh set of furniture waiting to make home staging a breeze. Then, there is reality. Most homeowners have an eclectic mix of comfortable furniture. That is great for living, but not necessarily for staging for sale. Work with a furniture dealership  to either purchase new furniture or rent some. This will give the home a fresh feel.

Paint the Space
Paint is a relatively cheap investment to give a home a fresh appealing look. It is something the home owner can do without the help of professionals, although pro help is great for high ceilings and double-story foyers. Going with a neutral palette will give the space a wide open contemporary feel. Adding a slightly brighter color on an accent wall can draw the eye to focal features.

These tips will help you stage your home for sale. The best thing you can do is work with your realtor to figure out what is working in the space and where you need to make improvements. That is how you sell your home fast.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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