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Prepare Your Home for Sale: To Stage, or Not to Stage?

Thinking about selling? This is a great time to start preparing your home!

What you want to do is create a welcoming and comfortable feel for the buyers where they can picture themselves at home, so if you have a lot of strong personal items you may want to pack those up -- such as our shrine to my two-year-old nephew, for example! You can keep some personal items out, just remember, the mission is to help the buyers imagine their pictures and their life here!

Go through the attic, basement and garage, and if you plan to move soon, clean out every closet and cupboard -- and set aside items for a yard sale or to donate. Look at your walls, ceilings and floors -- a fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and quickly gives your home a clean, updated look. And don't overlook ceilings and moldings. Finally, use a Magic Eraser to remove scuff marks or finger prints.

Give your home a true deep cleaning! This includes the rugs AND the windows. While hardwood floors are a true asset to a home, look them over with a critical eye -- ragged floors benefit from some oil soap or a fresh coat of varnish if they're deeply scratched. Clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, window blinds, and curtains.

Remove any extra furniture that crowds a room. And NEVER leave a room empty -- they are forgotten by buyers. A totally vacant house is a difficult sale for sure!

Finally, have fun! Visit HomeGoods for inexpensive decorating updates such as fresh, colorful towels for the bathroom or kitchen. Add some houseplants (real or silk), and framed prints or mirrors lighten a room. New throw pillows or a beautiful throw blanket jazz up a tired couch. And try arranging three items of varying heights on a tabletop. This is SO appealing to the eye!

Wondering if all this effort is worthwhile? Check out this article for more on the importance of your home's first impression and how to make the most of your hard work.

Take on one area each week and your home will be ready and refreshed in no time! Watch for exterior suggestions in a future post.

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