Staging TipsWhen you hear advice about how staging can help to sell your home faster, it’s often the same pointers … keep the house clean, mow the lawn, and reduce clutter. While these are undoubtedly important, if you want to make your home truly impress prospect buyers, try these additional four unique staging tips.

Tip 1 – Invite buyers in with a spectacular porch

Even if you have a tiny front entry, make the most of it. Put out a few colorful plants, a nice outdoor rug and even a table and a couple of chairs if you have the space. For anyone who drives by at night checking out homes for sale, light up the area. Additionally, add a few holiday or seasonal decorations when appropriate. This helps to create a great first impression and a warm welcome even before buyers step inside.

Tip 2 – Add style to your dining room table

When the table isn’t set for meals, it can look rather bare. Create interest by decorating this feature. If you don’t want to set it with plates and silverware, at a minimum decorate with a centerpiece of flowers or candles. Put on linen tablecloth and add a few elements to draw attention. You can also put a runner along the length of a table with small items lining it.

Tip 3 – Focus on the walls

While you may have been told to paint your walls a neutral color to appeal to more buyers, you don’t want your home to appear bland. So bring back some color with tasteful artwork by hanging paintings or artistic framed photos. Mirrors and sconces can also add a decorative touch that appeals to many buyers. If your walls and furniture are neutral, try paintings and other wall decorations with a bold color to create interest.

Tip 4 – Accessorize

Accessorize your home to make it feel lived-in, but avoid using too many personal items.  Without this softening touch, your home might appear cold or uninviting to buyers. Try displaying pillows on the couch or bed, rugs on the floor and flowers in vases. This is also a great way to introduce a bold color without being overwhelming.

Regardless, it is always critical to keep your home squeaky clean and clutter-free. When combined with these additional four tips, staging should clearly boost the odds that buyers will fall in love with your home, and increase the likelihood that it will sell faster. For additional information and helpful ideas to assist in the sale of your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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