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					Home Staging Tips That Helps Homes Sell Themselves by Paul Andrew When it comes time to sell your home or condo you have a million details to consider. One of the first items on your to do list should be getting your home properly staged so that it sells itself by making a good first impression. Home staging simply means that you change the interior and exterior of your home so that it focuses on the best features of the home. Done correctly, home staging can make your home or condo sell faster for more money and even in a down cycle. Follow these tips from our home staging experts at Style For Life Interiors and get ready to sell your home fast! Tip #1: Start by reorganizing and throwing away possessions you no longer need. Do one room at a time. Pack up and remove all remaining personal accessories and belongings from inside and outside the home that you can do without and store them elsewhere. Tip #2: Do a thorough and meticulous cleaning of the inside of entire home. Clean carpets, wash down walls, scrub kitchens including inside and outside of appliances, bathrooms, dust, etc. Repeat this process every few days as necessary during the time your home is available for showing. Hire help if you need to. Tip #3: Clean and organize the exterior of your home. Remove and pack up gardening tools, prune trees and bushes, cut grass, remove dead plants and debris. Pressure wash your driveway and sidewalks and remove stains and debris. Take care of any small repairs that are needed. Tip #4: Repaint all walls in neutral but warm colors. Never go for stark white that will blind your prospective buyers when the sun shines. Try off white or subtle beige. Remember, you are painting a neutral canvas to help homebuyers imagine the possibilities of adding their furniture, accessories and favorite colors. Tip #5: Reorganize furniture. Remove unneeded furniture from all rooms and pare down further in rooms that are small. Place remaining furniture to make the best use of space and to make the room look as large as possible. Tip #6: If you have already moved into a new home consider temporarily leaving behind a few pieces of furniture that fit your old home well. It helps prospective buyers to see homes that are not completely empty and furniture rental is expensive especially if there are damages to a rented piece. Tip #7: Don’t make it personal. Take all of your personal artifacts and remove them from the walls or table tops of your home. Emma’s finger painting is irreplaceable but perspective buyers won’t see it that way. Instead replace them with general accessories and paintings that don’t show that you live there but instead can help a buyer feel right at home.

There are many other tricks and tips used by interior design companies and professional home stagers that include using special fabrics, draping windows, displaying interesting knickknacks, adding mirrors or plants and placing rugs. If all of this added to the millions of details involved in selling and moving to another home seem overwhelming to you then hire help when you need it. Bring in an interior design company to oversee the staging to make it as simple as possible and in the long run save you a great deal of time and money. About Paul Andrew With more than two decades of design experience, designer Paul Andrew’s style and intuition has matured and helped to build Style for Life Interiors into a full service design firm that offers home staging, art acquisition, shopping trips, renovations, and new construction consulting. Under the guidance of Paul, Style for Life Interiors has performed more than 100 transformations for its residential and commercial clients. Having decorated homes in the suburbs of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, Paul especially enjoys creating townhome spaces that give owners the opportunity to be engulfed in special spaces that are uniquely their own. Paul can be reached at pandrew@styleforlifeinteriors.com Disclaimer Copying of Contents, in its entirety is permitted provided that author by-lines are kept intact and unchanged. Hyperlinks and/or URLs provided by author must remain active.


				
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