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The Benefits of Home Staging

Hiring someone to prepare your home so it makes a good impression on buyers can pay off.

With the real estate climate making selling your home difficult, home staging can be an effective tool to help seller’s out. You probably know that your property needs to be as clean, clutter-free and in as good repair as possible, inside and out. But you can further distinguish your home from the competition by having your home staged — or window-dressed — for sale.

Professional stagers can see your house as buyers will, and they’ll set the scene so that buyers can imagine living there. They’re likely to simplify or streamline the furniture in a room for better traffic flow and to enhance its spaciousness. They may neutralize a too-personal color scheme or add touches of color or accessories where needed. In vacant homes that feel cold and lack visual landmarks, stagers often bring in rental furniture and create “vignettes,” say, a seating area in front of the fireplace.

 

Source: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Pat M. Esswein, 2/26/09

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