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Home Staging

How to Make You Home More Appealing to Prospective Buyers

Home staging is the process of adding and removing items and furnishings in a home and using interior design in order to present it better to prospective buyers.

What is involved in home staging?

Whether you are doing it on your own or hiring a professional stager, there are a lot of things that you can do. Determining if they're needed for your home depends on who is doing the staging. The following is a list of actions commonly taken in staging a home:

Removing personal items
Removing some furniture to make rooms appear larger
Adding some furnishings to make rooms more appealing
Working with window treatments & lighting for a brighter look
Adding artwork and decorative items
Adding simulated appliances, desks and computers

Staging the Vacant Home

Vacant homes usually do not show well, so if your home is vacant, it is recommended to add furnishings, or faux furnishings to make the home appear occupied. Stagers have resources for rental furniture, along with fake appliances and computers in order to show the buyer what the home will look like when they're in it.

Although many sellers find it to be annoying and unnecessary, removing personal items is an important part of the staging process. Along with de-cluttering the home, removing personal items serves to divert the potential buyers' attention to the home rather than your things. Buyers can be distracted with too many pictures, knick-knacks and more.

The good news about staging is that you are able to do as little or as much and you want, from just cleaning up to completely furnishing a vacant home. Knowing what to do will depend on advice from your agent but the decision is ultimately yours.

Advantages of home staging.