Tips for Home Staging

Getting ready to list your house for sale? Putting some effort into staging it well can impact how quickly it goes from just listed to under contract. The keys to successful staging are pretty basic: declutter, depersonalize and deep clean. But there are some little-known tactics that experts swear by. Here are a few home staging tips to help you prepare:

1. Draw eyes to a room's best attribute, whether that's a beautiful fireplace or a window with a great view, by strategically placing a decorative accent like a vase or large plant nearby.
2. Clean out and organize closets, cabinets, and pantries, leaving more space than you normally might. This can give potential buyers the impression that your home has storage to spare.

3. Remove rugs to give the appearance of unbroken floor space and
 make the room seem larger.

4. Add fluffy white towels to your bathrooms. The neutral hue implies cleanliness and can give the room a spa-like feel. Add hand towels in color for an extra accent.

5. Turn on interior lights during an open house, even if it's daytime. If your home is outfitted with compact fluorescent bulbs, be sure they have enough time to warm up to full capacity before the event begins.

Widen the walking area around major pieces of furniture, such as beds and sofas. A few extra inches can make all the difference.

7. Not all rooms need to be furnished. Leave a room unfurnished for buyers to imagine how they could use your space.

8.  Remember, buying a home is an emotional event. If the buyers leave your home with a good feeling of being able to see themselves living a happy life in your home, it will go a long way to nudging them to make an offer!