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I have been busy staging homes this year and realized how much I missed writing.  I’m finally back at my desk to share what we have been working on so far this year. In addition to adding home staging photos, I have created a list of ideas to help those who are thinking of selling their home.  If you love before and after photos as much as I do, then stay tuned because I am in the process of putting my portfolio together.  In the interim, check out this list I’ve compiled for my clients.  I hope this checklist helps you sell your home fast!

1. Declutter

Over the years we accumulate things we think will look good in a certain spot in our home, which is great, however, we sometimes fail to remove the old.  So experts suggest asking a friend or hiring someone to help you declutter.    Not only does it allow potential buyers to focus on the room’s important features, but sellers can carefully pack up the things we value most and tuck them away for our next home.

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Over-sized windows that drink in the views are features we don’t want anyone to forget.

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Decluttering our home creates a more serene backdrop so buyers can focus on the architectural features we are selling. The expanse of windows in the breakfast nook and mahogany built-ins surrounding the cozy gas fireplace are features we want buyers to keep in mind.

photo courtesy of Colin Photography

photo courtesy of CDB Photography

An unobstructed view of the well tailored built-ins and fireplace make this room stand out.

2.  Repaint

Bayard Estates – photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Updated neutrals make your home feel fresh and welcoming.  This grand foyer received a fresh coat of paint to compliment the adjoining rooms.  A neutral pallet appeals to the masses and also makes potential buyers think your home is well cared for and move in ready.

3. Furniture Groupings

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Its a common mistake to push furniture towards corners and against walls to make rooms feel larger, but in doing so, this actually creates stark, cold rooms.  Instead, create convenient conversation areas and place furniture in such a way so traffic flow is obvious.  This will make a room feel more welcoming as well as making it feel larger.

4. Home Lighting

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

One of the tricks of the trade to make homes feel warm and inviting is great lighting.  Most homes are not well lit, so increase wattage in lamps in fixtures.  In addition, focus on the three areas of lighting: Ambient-general or overhead, task- under cabinet, reading or pendant, and accent-table or wall.

5. Odd is in

The right accessories can make a room more pleasing to the eye. Odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is also important, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front.  In addition, group accessories by color or shape or some other unifying element.

6.  Study others

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One of the starting points to staging your home is to look to others who have done it well.  There are many excellent resources out there, so take advantage of all the free information online.

You don’t have to spend a fortune getting your house ready to sell.  Use what you have, ask for professional advice and get packing.

Happy selling!

~D

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