Knowing the ins and outs of staging can help sell a home

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Knowing the ins and outs of staging can help sell a home

 
July 20, 2011
 
 
Prior to allowing prospective home buyers onto their property and into their residence, home sellers should spend a considerable amount of time prepping the inside and outside of their homes, according to Realtor Magazine.
 
Taking the time and putting in the effort to make a home look clean and crisp could substantially improve home sellers' chances of getting a property off the market sooner than competing homes for sale in the area.
 
Inside the house
 
Clearing away unnecessary objects - from tiny knick-knacks to unused furnishings - is vital to improving the aesthetic feel of a home seller's interior, Realtor Magazine reports. A "de-cluttered" home can help home buyers better imagine themselves and their belongings in the seller's home, according to Realtor Magazine.
 
One area home sellers should focus on cleaning prior to open houses is the kitchen. According to Realtor Magazine, papers, mail and small items often pile up on countertops and kitchen tables.  Removing this rummage by throwing out unimportant items, storing away the remaining articles and wiping the kitchen area clean should make the living space more appealing to home buyers.
 
Another area home sellers should pay attention to is the bathroom. From the shower and tub to the sink and toilet, home sellers should spend time cleaning up the lavatories. A squalid, grimy restroom could become a big turnoff for some home buyers, according to Realtor Magazine. This possible effect on home buyers makes tidying up the bathroom of utmost importance for home sellers.
 
Outside the house
 
Once the interior of a home seller's property is completely clean, Realtor Magazine reports they should turn their attention to the home's exterior. A premier way to begin this process is to walk around the house's perimeter to gauge what needs fixing and cleaning.
 
On the ground around a house, home sellers should ensure no wood scraps, 
branches, building materials, tools, toys or other items are lying about. Just like the inside of one's home, Realtor Magazine reports home buyers want to envision what the yard would look like if they were living there. Having possessions scattered across the yard may turn some home buyers away.
 
Additionally, ensuring plants and flowers look in tip-top shape is essential, according to Realtor Magazine.  Dead or unsightly plants could be unappealing to home buyers. Also, poor lawn condition may need some tending to before allowing visitors to an open house.  A fresh-looking yard could be the key to getting an offer.