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Real Estate Home Staging

Planning to sell your home?

Real Estate Home Staging is a specialization of interior and exterior design, used correctly to make a home appeal to a larger pool of buyers and to help it sell quicker.

When you list with Terry May, she may suggest that together, we call on the expertise of a qualified, interior designer/home stager who can help your home look its best and be a real estate star!

Here are some general home staging tips from professional stagers:

Cut the Clutter:
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. One major contributor to a cluttered home is too much furniture. When professional stagers work on a home being prepared for market, they often remove as half the owner’s furniture.

Furniture Groupings:
Reposition sofas and chairs into conversational groups and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Don’t place furniture along walls. This makes the room more user-friendly and more spacious.

Room with a Purpose:
Have a room, like a spare bedroom that just gathers junk? Repurpose it into something that adds value of your home. For example, more an unused desk and book case from the basement to create a home office. People can see more value in spaces that make sense to them.

Light It Up!
Many homes are not properly lighted. Try increasing the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Try for 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient/general or overhead, task/pendant, under-cabinet or reading, and accent/table and wall. This makes your home look brighter and more inviting. It’s a simple, inexpensive fix.

Painting Your Space
Bold wall colors have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces. A fresh coat of neutral paint helps tone down any dated finishes and gives your home a real lift.

Finish Those DYI Projects
Unfinished projects scare off potential buyers. Finish them. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk can scare buyers. It will cost less for you to fix them now, rather than as items that buyers might deduct from the asking price.

Here’s a great resource for more information on designing a home to sell from HGTV.