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Top 5 Home Staging Tips for DIY

These tips are for home sellers who want to maximize and differentiate their homes from the hundreds of properties.These are inexpensive home staging tips that homeowners could do themselves.

Top 5 home staging tips for this kind of home seller would be:

1. Make it sparkle. Clean and deodorize every surface, remove carpet stains, polish light fixtures, touch up paint, etc. Do this on the outside of your home as well. Your front yard, door and porch is their first impression. Make it the right first impression. It only costs our time and every buyer will appreciate a sparkling clean home that also smells fresh. Paint over any strong colors with a warm, earth-toned, light, neutral color.

2. Remove extra pieces of furniture. Store furniture at a friend or family member’s house or rent a storage facility. Keep only the essential pieces. This will make every room look and feel larger.

3. Open your curtains or blinds. Natural light is what buyers want. If you have heavy curtains, lots of sheers or dark-colored curtains, pack them up for your next home.

4. Start packing. Pack your treasures, family photos and knick knacks, and empty 75% of your bookcases. Having fewer things out will make your home feel fresh while also helping buyers imagine themselves living in your home. Also, remove any religious art or potentially objectionable art and décor items. You never know what may offend a buyer or just distract them.

5. Ask a professional. Staging your home for sale does not have to cost a lot of money. If you have an awkward room or furniture layout, seek the opinion of your Realtor. If you still have doubts about what to do, ask a professional home stager. Most will offer a consultation for a flat fee. They will tell you what needs to be done and then you can execute the plan.

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Jill Valeri, The Welcome Home: Interior Design Solutions
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