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Tips on Staging Your Home for Sale

By Tiffany Raiford

Many New Hampshire residents want to know exactly how to stage their homes when placing them on the market. The truth is, there are a few staging secrets realtors and designers are familiar with that can help you sell your home faster and for more money. Before you list your home, employ these staging strategies in your own home.

Get Rid of Clutter

It's not a secret that your realtor would prefer you rid your house of clutter prior to listing it for sale. However, it's not something that many buyers listen to. This is perhaps the most important staging secret there is. When a buyer sees all your stuff (knick-knacks, photos and decorations) cluttering up the walls, surfaces and counters, it turns them off. It makes your home appear smaller, dirtier and difficult for them to imagine calling their own.

Organize Your Cabinets

Sure, they're your personal space but your potential buyers are going through your personal belongings. They're opening your pantry and your cabinets. They're opening your drawers. They're going through your things. When your cabinets, pantry and closets are cluttered and messy, it makes your buyers think that perhaps your home hasn't enough storage space. Storage space is a big deal for buyers, and seeing that you can't keep yours organized can make them think negatively of your home.

Float Your Furniture

Most homeowners think that shoving their furniture against the walls is the best way to make a room appear larger. This is simply not true. Floating your furniture away from your walls actually helps with improving traffic flow and making your room appear chicer and more spacious. Regrouping and rearranging your furniture is a good way to help you get more attention from buyers.

Utilize All Rooms

If you have rooms you don't use for anything but storage, stage them. Create a craft room, an office, a guest room or whatever you need to make that room look functional. It attracts buyers and helps them look at your house in a new light. Instead of being the house with all the empty rooms, it's suddenly that gorgeous home with the to-die-for home office or playroom that your husband and kids would adore.

Sometimes it is the smallest changes that make the biggest differences. You don't have to remodel or even necessarily paint your home to stage it. You simply have to utilize the space you have by rearranging, removing or even adding things to it to make it appear more functional and stylish.

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