buying & selling: staging your home for a sale
room for multiple activities. For instance, if the computer is
in the living room, take it out.
Let the Light Shine
Open drapes and blinds letting all the light in that you
can. People are coming in to buy a house, not a cave. “You
want to make it bright. You want the living room to say,
‘Come in, sit down and chat awhile.’ If it is dark and dingy,
it is unattractive,” says Ivie.
Repaint rooms that are currently painted with unusual
colors. If your house is full of rooms with red, green and
sky blue walls, consider repainting some or all of them in
neutral colors. Buyers don’t often have the imagination to
see past your color scheme.
Regardless of the market, staging will give your home an
edge and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Preparing
your home for sale will allow you to sell it more quickly,
and often for more money. An increasing number of buyers
are even requesting to see homes that have been staged over
homes that haven’t, because they recognize that those homes
are ready to sell and are easier to picture as their own home.
“Don’t just put your house on the market and ‘see’ what
happens. Stage it to sell!” Schwarz points out. “By preparing
your home for sale, you will be so much further ahead of
the competition.” |
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