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Staging Tips, Level Two

You know the usual staging tips: declutter, clean thoroughly, and remember curb appeal; but there are a few secrets to great staging that can make a big difference in how potential buyers see your home.

Style your dining table. Go beyond a pretty centerpiece and add beautiful elements to dress up the space. Add placemats, dinnerware, silverware, and linen napkins. These pieces do not need to be expensive; in fact, simple is best. White dishes or a coordinating solid color looks great.

Open the closets. Potential buyers will likely peek inside anyway, so invite them in. Closet space is a key component when choosing to buy a home, so show your off to their full advantage. Clean them thoroughly and if they are crowded, pack away things to store elsewhere. Aim to have 20 – 30% open space in each closet so they appear spacious.

When selecting home decor accessories, be choosy. Only set out things that are in excellent condition. Worn out items will deter buyers. For example, if you have a relatively new fluffy white bathrobe, feel free to hang it on a decorative hook in the master bath. If your current robe is rather worn or has a fun flamingo pattern, you might want to avoid displaying it. Aim for a spa atmosphere in the bathrooms. Look at every detail with a visitor’s eye – bars of soap should be fresh and unused, towels spotless, and the garbage always empty.

Play up the positives. If your patio home only has a small outdoor space, don’t ignore it hoping potential buyers will not notice it, because they will. Instead, enhance it with a cute bistro table and chairs, an elegant tablecloth and a vase full of beautiful flowers. When potential buyers tour your home, they’ll think, “What a charming place for breakfast!”

Because details matter so much, consider these tips when sprucing up your home to sell. Our realtors are available to walk through your home for even more tailored advice, including furniture arrangement, home improvements that are worth doing, and paint colors.