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Sep 20

9 Smart Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

dining-room-table-windows1. Strip the windows

Light and bright is what sells. They might be beautiful, but they’ll darken and date the room. You can leave the sheers, but take down the drapes.

Pull the blinds all the way up. If blinds are left in the down but open position, that can reduce light by 50% over the course of the day.  And make sure your windows are sparkling clean; they let in more light and just look nicer, too.

2. White-out the bathroom

Just as hotels use white items to reinforce the idea that they’re clean, white in the bathroom makes things look fresh and new.

Even if you can’t replace cabinets or counter tops at least purchase fresh white towels. And add a white shower curtain, white soap dish, and new white bathmat (though, if your bathroom floor is a selling point, skip the bathmat).

3. Update kitchen fixtures

You don’t need to replace the countertops or even paint to give your kitchen an update. The solution is simpler and cheaper.

Replacing an old light fixture with a nice modern one from Home Depot can do a lot to improve the look of your kitchen.

If your drawer pulls and cabinet knobs look dated, swap them out for the style and finish that’s most sought-after in your area, whether that’s brushed nickel or polished brass—ask your broker what’s hot.

4. Flip every switch

Lighting up the house by turning on every lamp and overhead light will make prospective buyers confident that you have nothing to hide. Remember, you’re not trying to create “atmosphere” like you would at a dinner party—you’re showcasing a product for sale. Place floor lamps in dark corners.

An inexpensive, high-intensity floor lamp directed at the ceiling can do a lot to make a room look bigger and brighter.

5. Replace wall art with mirrors

Whether your walls feature fine art or family photos, swap those personal pieces out for a large mirror on one or two key walls. Since people’s taste in art varies a lot, you should hide prominent paintings or art photographs unless you are confident they have broad appeal.  -— Read more

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