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Staging a home without "the eye"

Staging a home without "the eye"

Following are 7 introductory Tips on how to stage your home without being an interior designer.

When you’re putting your house on the market, preparation and presentation can be the keys to selling faster and for a better price. While curb appeal improvements can definitely help, interiors are always the most important selling point. You want to try and attract as many potential buyers to your listing as possible. Featuring high-quality, staged listing photos and videos are a great way to boost your home’s virtual appeal and help it stand out in today’s competitive marketplace.

Add Mirrors

1) Add Mirrors

A mirror not only adds some style to a space, its reflective quality can open up a room, making it brighter and seem less cramped (even if it’s tiny). A sizable mirror from your local home store will make your space feel more curated and designed.

2) Replace Window Treatments

If you have old and heavy drapes, toss them for something lighter and more breezy. Simple, functional window coverings on opened windows allow a space to breathe and appear visually larger and more open. Choose floor-length curtains and hang them from the ceiling instead of at the top of the window frame.   

White Towels3) Buy Crisp, White Towels

To stage your bathroom, go with monochromatic hues. Put all-white towels in your bathrooms to make the spaces seem fresh and clean. Colored towels tend to seem dingy and add heaviness to a space. Much better to give it a spa-like feel.    

Rugs4) Upgrade Rugs

Make sure your rugs actually fit your rooms and furniture. For a living room rug, avoid one that’s too small; make sure at least the front legs of your couch or chairs are touching the rug. The right-sized rug in a complementary style to the room will make the space look larger and feel more “pulled together.”        

5) De-Personalize

Everyone goes to great lengths to make a home “your home”, but now that you’re trying to sell it, keep in mind that not everyone has the same tastes. Take out personal photographs and everyone’s clutter. You want the potential buyer to be able to envision their lives inside the house.      

Book Case6) Reorganize Bookcases

And while you’re tidying everything up, give your shelves some style. Remove 25 percent of your books entirely, and then rearrange what’s left so that some books are vertical and some are stacked horizontally. Place a couple of trinkets within the bookcase to function as accents and bookends. This will add character and personality to the room while also lightening up your bookcases.      

7) Deep Clean

No prospective buyer wants to walk into a house with a dirty bathroom or scuffed-up walls. Take some time to clean every room in your house but beware of cleaning smells. Also, don’t overdo it with scented items. Instead, make a batch of homemade cookies and leave them on the counter for future buyers.

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