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How To Stage a Home For Sale

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It is no secret that anyone with a home for sale wants to sell their property as fast as possible, for the best possible price. Having a home on the market for too long can leave you holding onto real estate for months and even years longer than you might like. One of the biggest secrets to selling a home as a real estate agent is making sure you know how to stage a home. Here are some tips for how best to stage your client’s home.

Cut Out Clutter:
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make when staging their home is to assume that their lifestyle should be their buyer’s lifestyle. As a real estate agent, you can’t clutter up the vision of your staged home by letting your seller keep all their knick-knacks and personal items on display. It’s best to clear away the clutter and make the home as much of a blank canvas as possible so prospective buyers can imagine themselves and their belongings in the space.

Keep it Neutral:
Another big mistake when considering how to stage a home is when the paintbrushes come out. It’s probably best to suggest your clients paint their walls a neutral color when you are trying to stage a home. If you client has a wild taste in color, let them know that toning down the walls will have a big impact on your selling success.

Bring Nature Indoors:
Another great strategy for how to stage a home is to incorporate some natural characteristics which exist around your client’s property. Open curtains and windows if possible to let in the natural light and fresh air that surrounds the home. Go out into their garden to show off some of what your buyer can grow; maybe visit an area park and collect some natural items from around the area. Whatever you can do to show off both the home’s individuality and the bounty of your natural surroundings will bode well for your client’s home’s sale.

Make it Inviting:
Staging a home includes making sure that the home doesn’t look too “lived in.” Of course, your clients may very well still have to live there while their home is on the market. Still, when you are going to introduce their home to the world of potential buyers with an open house or showing, it’s a good idea to make the home seem as un-stylized as possible. It’s often likened to a hotel guest room. You don’t want your client’s home to feel too sterile, but you also don’t want to frighten away potential buyers.

There are lots of things you can do when you are trying to stage a client’s home for sale. Remember these and other basic home staging principles, and your home showings should all go off without a hitch!

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