Home for a
by Debbie Clason
The kids are raised and on their own, you’ve made the decision to retire and the big home you’ve owned for years no longer
suits your new lifestyle. What’s the best way to sell it so you can
ride off happily into the sunset? Consider staging.
“There’s a big difference between decorating and staging,”
Suzanne Tennant, owner of Personal Style Interiors in Austin,
TX, and a certified professional stager, says. “Decorating suits the
homeowner, but staging brings out the best features of your house.”
Suzanne offers the following tips to successfully stage your
home for a quick sale:
Photograph each room and review the images
objectively to help you see heavily cluttered areas or better
ways to arrange furniture and maximize square footage. Each room
should draw the buyer in and make them feel welcome.
Evaluate. Consider hiring a certified staging expert to conduct an evaluation. After reviewing the results, you can decide
whether to stage the home yourself or hire their services.
Box up your collectibles and excess family
photographs; store excess furniture and accessories. Consider
renting a storage unit instead of stashing things in the garage.
Repaint. Neutral colors are best for your walls and help
potential buyers envision their furniture in the room. Fresh paint
lends a clean look to your walls.
Rent furniture and accessories in lieu of purchasing
new items; replace older appliances and light and sink fixtures.
Rental fees are reasonable, and updates can reduce the amount
of time your home spends on the market by as much as 50
Trim shrubs and bushes, replace dying plants
and remove debris and toys from the yard. “Your
house might look like Architectural Digest on the inside,” Suzanne
says, “but if it doesn’t have curb appeal, potential buyers will
drive right by.”
Kennel your animals to help eliminate pet odors for
those who may be allergic. If you can’t bear the thought of
kenneling, ask a family member or close friend to keep them
while your home is on the market.
Resist the urge to use candles and air fresheners for the same reason. Many people are sensitive to heavy
perfumes and fragrances. A clean, fresh fragrance is the best
Most importantly—let go. Once you put your house
on the market, stop thinking of it as your home. Do what’s best
for the house so you can sell it quickly and move on to your
new life. |
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