How to Dress Your House for Sale Success

Try these home staging tips to turn your home into buyer bait.
Ever walk into an open house or a model home and notice how… well, inhumanly perfect it looks? If so, chances are the property is “staged.”
In real estate parlance, that means the place has been dressed with paint, furniture arrangements, art and accessories carefully chosen to highlight the home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses, and appeal to the greatest number of prospective buyers.
Whether you’re designing to sell or designing to dwell, here’s how the home-staging pros get that “I have to have it!” look. These tips and tricks can make your own humble abode look like a million bucks.
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Recommendation #5 Rediscover lost spaces.
“A big part of what stagers do is create fantasy spaces: An exercise room, a meditation space, an art studio, a family game room,” says Linda Russell, owner of the home staging firm HouseDressing in Montclair, N.J. “We take that unused space on the third floor or in the basement and turn it into something you’ve always dreamed about having.”
So if you have a room that currently serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value–and your enjoyment–of your home. Move those boxes to a rented storage space (or better yet, have a yard sale or donate their contents to charity) and get to work creating the space you yearn for. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table, and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot, Russell says. Or drape fabric on the walls of your basement, lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor, and toss in a few cushy pillows. Voila! Your new meditation room or yoga studio.
By Leah Hennen, FrontDoor.com

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