Many of you may be thinking about putting your house on the market.  Here are a few staging tips to make sure you get top dollar!

“You can’t sell it if you can’t see it”

Buyers have a hard time visualizing the potential of a space when there is too much clutter.  Let’s face it, we all live with a certain amount of clutter.  Mail, magazines, craft supplies, laundry, toys, the list could go on and on.  These items occupy some space in each of our homes.  Most of us have lived with these items for so long that sometimes they become invisible to us.  When you make the decision to put your house on the market, it is very important to declutter. Remove extra belongings from closets, drawers (kitchen and bathroom), the garage, cupboards, the basement, under stairways, and each room.

Hold a yard sale, donate the items to charity, or give them to family and friends.  Also, pack up the things you don’t need for day to day living.  This will create more space and make the rooms in your house appear larger.  Rent storage space, if necessary.  It is never a good idea to store these items in a space bedroom.  You need the bedroom to be a bedroom, not a storage unit.  Keep in mind that “Clutter eats equity”.

After you have decluttered, have a friend go through your house and declutter with a fresh eye.  This simple exercise will help you see the good, the bad, and the ugly that you have become accustomed to living with on a daily basis.

The decluttering step can be a time consuming one, but your house will show better and in the long run, you will save money because you will be moving fewer items to your new home.

Remember the way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two VERY different things.

If you are interested in having your home evaluated and/or professionally staged, I would be happy to assist you.  Know someone who is thinking about selling their home?  Before the For Sale sign goes in the yard, have them give me a call ~ 234-678-0836.