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Staging Success

Manageable Tricks to Get Your
Home Selling Quicker
by guest blogger Patrick Young


Staging can be a key to making your property attractive to house hunters. It is an opportunity to showcase your home’s best features prior to hosting an open house, or listing your property on a realty website. With some simple planning and the proper home staging strategies, selling your home can be a rewarding experience that pays off with a better offer and a quicker sale.


Visit other open houses for staging ideas.


To develop your staging strategies, don’t underestimate the value of researching the local market. Check out online listings and photos in your neighborhood and city, and consider visiting other open houses in your area, especially those that fall within your home's expected price range (homes in Annapolis have been selling for $485,000 on average). Take note of welcoming tactics like abundant light, seasonal decor, intimate seating arrangements, and enticing entryways that draw visitors inside.


In addition, make a point to avoid decorating ideas that didn’t quite do it for you as a visitor. You don’t have to be an actual homebuyer to realize what parts of an open house work and which don’t. Take the pros and cons, and apply what you like to your own property.


Strategies to organize your home before selling.


Nothing will turn off potential buyers faster than a house that appears disorganized and dirty. Perform a top-to-bottom, thorough cleaning to spruce up your place before putting your house on the market. Work each nook and cranny in every room, ensuring you snag closets, cupboards and other storage areas as you go.


If you have accumulated an abundance of belongings, make the effort to declutter and organize your entire house and outdoor spaces. Get rid of unused or damaged belongings, and find storage spots for everyday items. By freeing up space, buyers will be able to focus on the house, and not your stuff.


Tips for depersonalizing your home prior to marketing.


Hudson Valley Magazine recommends depersonalizing your home before putting it on the marketplace. The idea is to remove those items that tend to convey a specific design tone or atmosphere. This can include family photos on walls, personal belongings on bathroom vanities, collection of decorative items or bold colors, and patterns on various household furniture. Stick with neutral decor choices, and consider painting an accent wall for some extra color.


It helps to put yourself in a prospective buyer's mindset while moving throughout your home. Most home buyers want to envision their family members living in the home. House hunters might not make that connection if too many personal items are still on display throughout the home.


Maximize your home's potential in photos and tours.


Help make your home sell faster by taking professional photos that reflect your home’s best features. Since buyers often begin their home search on the web, it’s a chance to make your house catch more attention. Brush up on your photography skills, and snap winning shots of each room. Or you can hire a professional real estate photographer for the job (this will usually run you $110 - $300 a shoot).


When taking photos, make it a point to maximize your home's potential by highlighting any luxurious details and extra amenities. Include things like custom kitchen cabinets, outdoor landscaping, spacious bathrooms, panoramic window views, or a magnificent fireplace. The same rule should be applied when you host an open house. Organize your home so that these aspects of your home stand out. They could end up being the selling point for potential buyers.


Homeowners can improve the odds of landing a great home sale by following some simple staging secrets. Do some research, declutter, deep clean, depersonalize, and then take fabulous photos. These seemingly small efforts can truly maximize your home's better-selling features and earn a higher overall profit in the end.


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