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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
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So here we are...the final step to getting your home ready to sell. Staging.
Home staging is the art of preparing your home to make it look the best it can before putting it the market to be sold. In a nutshell, you want to accentuate the positive points in your home and downplay any negatives.
Arrange each room to show its function and focal point
A dining room should be a dining room, not an office, not a playroom, not a catch all spot. It should allow the buyer to feel as if they have found the perfect place to sit down to dinner. Place a nice centerpiece and set the table.
The same rules apply to every room in your home. Bedrooms are for sleeping and should not have exercise equipment in them. Do you have a fireplace? If so, you've got a built in focal point and all of the furniture in the room should be arranged to call attention to it. Have a great view from a window? There's your focal point for the room. Draw the buyers in and make them want to stay. They won't buy a house that they cannot picture themselves living in.
The finishing touches
When you think a room is complete, take a picture from each corner and from the doorway. Review the photos with a critical eye for detail. Is there something you overlooked that jumps out when viewed through the lens of a camera? A little clutter left on a desktop? Too much stuff still on the kitchen counters? The pictures that your agent takes and posts to the MLS and the internet are the world's first glimpse into your home. Be sure they make them want to see more!
Let your nose be your guide. Your home should smell clean and fresh. Avoid cooking anything with a strong odor such as fish or cabbage while your house is on the market. If you are a smoker, do NOT smoke in your house. You may not smell the lingering odor of cigarettes, but non-smokers certainly will and it can be a real turn-off to a potential buyer.
Ready for that first showing or open house? Take the time to add some fresh flowers to your foyer or entryway. It's a pleasant way to greet the people visiting your home and can make a great first impression.
I hope this series has been helpful to you as you prepare your home for sale. Have a question? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.