5 Tips for Staging Your Home Both Inside and Out

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Thoughtful home staging is more than just tidying up and cleaning every room. It could mean a quick sale and higher selling price if done right. Here are five ways you can leave a positive impression on potential buyers.

Clear the Clutter – Remove clutter from around your home. It’s easy to overlook things you see every day, so try to approach all spaces with fresh eyes. Consider having a friend come over to help point out unnecessary items.

Clean Out Closets and Cabinets – Make space in kitchen and bathroom cupboards, closets and other storage areas. Pre-pack items you don’t often use, and store or donate them. Cabinets and closets that are full will give potential buyers the impression that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.

Create a Flow – Potential homebuyers should be able to move through your house easily. Remove furniture, plants or decorative items that block the natural flow of traffic which will make your home appear larger and give a more open feel.

Remove Personal Items – Family pictures, children’s artwork and other personal items should be removed or significantly reduced. Personal belongings, displayed collections, throw blankets etc. can also make it hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Curb Appeal – Strong first impressions are key! Paint or clean the front door and replace the hardware if it looks worn. Replace the house numbers and exterior light fixtures if necessary. Keep the lawn mowed, add fresh mulch and trim the plants and bushes.