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Staging A Home For Sale: The How's

Jul 1, 2008
Professionally preparing a home before selling it can maximize the selling potential and gain significantly higher prices; this is called staging. Staging is the process of investing in you largest asset to gain maximum profits. Staging is becoming increasingly popular among home owners and by investing an average of $20,000 they are seeing selling prices often over $100,000 more than the asking price.

The U.S. National Association of Realtors estimates that a staged home will sell up to 50 percent quicker and for an average of 10 percent more than non-staged homes. So how does one go about staging a home, what suggestions are there for the do-it-yourself home stager? What can be done on your own and when do you need to hire a professional?

There are a number of things the seller can do to get their home ready to sell and among the top most tips is cleaning. The best selling homes will be clean, free of clutter and are not personalized. Minor repairs should be made prior to putting the home on the market and fresh paint with neutral colors is high on the importance list. Additionally it is suggested by the professional stagers to reduce the amount of furnishing in the home; it is no secret that most people have too much stuff.

Take a look at all of the furnishings in the home and take away much of it. Leave the items that add to the room and do not distract from the natural ambiance of the room itself. Assess the entire home and all of the rooms, perhaps the armoire that is in the over crowded spare bedroom would look great and functionally add to the foyer. Just because you have always had a piece of furniture in one room does not mean it wouldn't work great somewhere else.

An often neglected but very important area is the lighting aspect of the home. If the home has great natural light in the morning, this would be the best time to show the house. If on the other hand the house has poor natural lighting you would do better to avoid showing the home during the day at all and instead invest in beautiful and soft lighting that will give the home a warm feel.

The first impression is the most important and will carry through to the entire showing. The first impression happens as the potential buyer pulls up to the house. The landscaping and curb view of the home offers the first impression. For a good first impression the exterior of the house should reflect the clean, un-cluttered and neutral feel of the interior of the home. With a little effort and investment you can turn a slow sale that minimally clears your asking price into a fast sell far over the asking price.
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years expertise in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. She contributes to various websites such as First Time Home Buyer where you can find today's mortgage rates as well as a wealth of information on getting a First Time Home Buyers Loan .
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