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For a Successful Open House: 4 Tricks of the Trade
Since bright, sunny days can’t be counted on for Dorchester open houses scheduled in February, the most common recommendations at this time of year deal with light. Everyone points out how doubly important it is to open the drapes and make sure all lamps and overheads are working. Where necessary, it’s also a good idea to brighten dim corners with higher wattage bulbs.
There are also any number of fine points that homeowners planning Dorchester open houses might not have heard about. Familiarity is a handicap in that respect. Being able to view a property’s rooms with fresh eyes is one of the advantages open house staging professionals bring to the party.
Beyond maximizing the “light and bright” quality that’s so important at this time of year, here some tricks of the trade that stagers and interior designers talk about:
1. Unclutter but don’t overdo. That is, never leave a room totally empty—it actually makes a room look smaller. A companion tip is to give every room a purpose. Showing what is presented as a nondescript “bonus room” runs the risk of losing its value: what’s forgettable is usually also unimportant.
2. Use the golden rule of home staging: The Rule of Three (it ... more

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