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Smart Home Staging Techniques

By Tabitha Jean Naylor

"Staging" your home properly can help you it sell faster, and in some cases for an even higher price. In the past few years, professional home stagers have gained a savvier edge, providing exactly what buyers want. If you are seeking a profitable and quick sale of your home, you need to utilize some of the smart home staging techniques that are highlighted here.

Tip: Detach Yourself from the House

When you staging your home for sale, the idea is to take the focus off of you and place it on the potential customers that may purchase the home. This requires removing any personal items, such as photos or nick-knacks, and making the room look as though it is a blank slate. This includes choosing neutral colors for the walls and minimal "extras." This will make it easier for a potential buyer to imagine their personal items in the space. It is also important to understand that empty rooms will look much smaller than a staged room, which is another benefit of this process.

Tip: Focus on the Front

If you are wondering where you should start the staging process, it is always a good idea to start at the front. This includes sprucing up the curb appeal of your home. The fact is that buyers will make their mind up about whether or not the house is worth considering for purchase within the first 30 seconds of approaching the front door. This facelift to the front of your home should include cleaning up the exterior by painting and replacing light fixtures and removing any dead plants. The majority of buyers will drive by the home prior to scheduling an appointment to see the inside; this is your opportunity to make a great first impression.

Tip: Get Rid of the Ugly

The fact is, no matter how much you don't want to admit it, there are a few ugly portions in all homes. It is best to fact these facts early in the selling process. There are plenty of different "quick fixes" that can be used to rectify trouble spots in your home. For example, a set of white towels and shower curtain can update an outdated bath; oak kitchen cabinets can get an instant facelift with a coat of white paint; change out old light fixtures with inexpensive modern ones and add white duvets and pillow cases to bedrooms for a fresh and clean feel.

Tip: Know Your (Potential) Buyers

When it comes to staging, this is the golden rule. Creating a targeted approach to capture the most likely buyer pool of your home is essential. You can do this by choosing specific designs and styles that will resonate with certain types of buyers, such as modern styles, industrial or even hipsters. Understand the market for your home and consider who would be interested: Families? Singles? Seniors/Retirees? Consider the neighborhood you live in and what sort of people it attracts, and try to lean your design approach to them.

The fact is that staging is an investment in the sale of your home. Hiring a professional is a great idea if you are unsure of where to start. However, no matter if you hire a professional of not, using these smart staging techniques will help your home sell for more and faster.

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