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Avoid these 4 things when staging a home

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07/06/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

First impressions can be pivotal when trying to attract a buyer for a home. Are your clients making the most of this opportunity with the staging of their home? Use the list below to help them avoid common pitfalls.

  1. Don't leave clutter in plain sight. Tackle the obvious items like counters and tables covered in papers, books, and other items. Are there other places, such as an entry closet doubling as general storage, that should also be addressed? If there is an overabundance of personal or family items, it might be worth reducing and organizing them better. Make it easy for buyers to visualize their own life in the home.
  2. Avoid items that date the property. Try to stage the home with contemporary styling. Remove old or worn furniture, consider packing away collectibles from earlier eras, hide decor items that convey a sense of the home's age.
  3. Don't stuff a room full of furniture. Too many items in a room can make the space feel crowded and small. Balance creating a sense of place for the room with maintaining an open feel. 
  4. Don't spend money on improvements that don't pay off. If your clients want to make some minor changes or updates to the property, use TAR's Texas Remodel Valuation Report to make sure they're not investing in projects that won't help them maximize their home's value.

Categories: Sellers
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