Staging Your Home For Sale

Dated: 08/04/2014

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The word 'Staging" implies LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!!!! Isn't that what you want anyway in trying to prepare your home for sale? We bring the Lights and Camera around when we market it and help draw all the attention we can to your home, and the ACTION comes when you have that big SOLD sign in your front yard!!
So...what do you need to do to "stage" a home? You want to eliminate as much clutter as possible. Everyone has those nooks and crannies in their home of stacked magazines, newspapers, boxes of clothes from last season, unfolded clothes that you dont need anyway, etc. Do your self a favor - get rid of it. Deal with it by having a yard sale, spend a rainy Saturday going through it all and parting with it. Just move it OUT. If you are still living in your home, leave the bare essentials and just learn to live without all the extra "stuff" for now.
If your "bonus room" as been used as a general "catch all" junk room, Clean it out, then temporarily create a room that will generate a purposeful use for that room for the potential buyer. See if a friend has a weight set they can loan you, or a treadmill to create a "mini gym" set up. Or, set up a sewing machine and/or a craft table to suggest a great craft area. A comfy chair, small book shelf and floor lamp can suggest a reading nook and the list goes on.
One of the magical things you can do in staging a home is have lots of great lighting. Beautiful  lamps  are always a plus and remember that WARM lighting is best when choosing bulbs. If you have indirect lighting, turn it on! And if you dont, make do with a small strand of white Christmas Lights hidden away in strategic places. For example, it will draw the eye up and bring attention to high ceilings if you place a strand or two on the top of a high TV console or tall book cabinet. 
As much as you loved the large family room walls painted that BRIGHT lime green (just kidding) and your kids bedrooms covered in every decal of every state and theme park they visited, the next family might not appreciate it so much. So...the best thing you can do is go ahead and paint over it a great neutral color. Deciding NOT to, may very well affect your offer.
The main thing is to focus on the great features of the home...it's positives. By furniture placement and rearranging a picture, plant or mirror, draw the eye to the good.
With offices in Easley, Anderson and now Greenville, Jackson Stanley Realtors are here to help you get your home ready to sell! Give us a call!
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Carolann Newton

I was a domestic paralegal for 8 years prior to Real Estate. Since I have been in Real Estate I have grown to love this business, even though it does have it's challenges; it is very exciting. There i....

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