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WHY IT’S ALL THE RAGE TO STAGE “I could see myself preparing a healthy dinner for my family in this kitchen.” “This would be a great room to have family movie-night.” “I could sleep so well in this bedroom, and our furniture will fit perfectly!”


his is the kind of internal dialogue you want


buyers to have when they walk through your

• Place nothing on your counter except one or two dec-

home. When listing a home, a seller should

do everything possible to help buyers see themselves actually living in the house. One of the best ways to encourage this vision is through staging your house. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a

• Freshen up and modernize cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or stain. • Clean or replace appliances. The Real Estate Staging Association strongly recommends stainless steel.

well-staged environment increases the dollar value

Tip: You can get the look of stainless for the cost

buyers are willing to offer, according to the Nation-

of a cheap dinner with stainless films.

al Association of REALTORS® “2015 Profile of Home Staging.” While staging isn’t guaranteed to get you more

• Remove all refrigerator magnets, and clean inside and out. BEDROOMS

money, it is an important marketing tool to help you

• Use neutral colors. This is not the place to show-

compete at the right price, which means you can sell

case your unique tastes and personality. Think

faster, according to a study from the Real Estate Stag-

clean, neutral and modern.

ing Association. Don’t stop at simply cleaning your home and fluffing

• Pack up most of your clothing to make your closets look larger.

your pillows. You need to declutter; remove items that

• Put jewelry and other valuables in a safe spot.

are unique to your family and make updates wherever

• Remove televisions or video game consoles to de-

possible. That cozy afghan grandma made for you in

personalize and create a serene setting.

1981? Yes, fold it and put it in the closet. And speak-


ing of closets, buyers open them up, so make sure

• Set out some chic place settings around the table,

they are well-organized, too. No one wants to envision themselves living in a messy or cluttered home. Here are a few tips to help you stage and beautify

or a few wine glasses and a decanter on the buffet. • Strike a balance between overly formal and too casual with an attractive runner and a few deco-

your home for sale:

rative elements — think small floral vases or short


candle holders.

• Use fashionable pillows and chic table lamps to decorate. Arrange them in a symmetrical manner. • Use light and airy staging furniture or place light-colored slip covers over sofas. • Remove at least one piece of furniture from your living room to make it feel more spacious. • Arrange furniture in conversational groupings; leave out a bowl of fruit and few nice coffee table books. 32

orative items, such as a vase of flowers or fresh fruit.

BATHROOMS • Spend extra time scrubbing tile grout and re-caulk around the tub if necessary. • Remove clutter from the countertop, tub and top of toilet. • Pack up and hide all your personal products. • Create a luxury spa look with a fancy soap dispenser, fluffy white towels and decorative baskets.

Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine  

Holiday 2017

Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine  

Holiday 2017