In our last post, we shared some tips for staging your home. Selling a house is a rather large undertaking, but if done correctly, and if proper steps are followed to stage your home, your chances of selling and getting a good price go up. We’ll continue our list of home staging tips here.

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Remove Outdated Decor

While we definitely don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, the truth is, if your decor is outdated, it’s going to ruin your chances of selling. It’s one thing to have furniture that’s a little outdated, but if the drapes, fixtures, and other more permanent elements of your space are a few decades old, they could be hurting your chances of selling a house. You can either replace them or you can include an allowance for your future buyer to replace them.

Check for Odors

This is where things can get tricky. You probably don’t know what your home smells like because you’re used to it. So you need to enlist the help of a friend who will pull no punches. If they smell pet odors, smoke, musty scents, or anything else, you need to get to the root cause of the matter and fix those issues. In our last post, we discussed the importance of removing personal items, and smells is part of that. As much as you love your favorite candle or perfume, it could turn a potential buyer off. And the same goes for cleaning products–nobody wants to tour a home that smells like bleach or toilet cleaner.

Paint the Walls a Neutral Color

As much as you love your bright violet bathroom or neon yellow bedroom, it probably isn’t everybody else’s cup of tea. Paint all the walls in your home an off-white, light gray, or neutral beige color so that it’s easier to imagine a blank slate the new owner can decorate. Lighter colors will make your home appear bigger, and tie smaller rooms together for a larger appearance.

Fill Vacant Rooms

While some believe that having a room devoid of furniture will make it look bigger, the truth is that a potential buyer will have a harder time imagining that space as it should be. Even brand new construction homes are staged to attract potential buyers! You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but if you have an empty bedroom, do your best to fill it and make it look like a living area.

Clean the Floors

Dingy carpets and dull hardwood are going to turn people off. Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned before you put your home on the market. If you have hardwood, learn what products you can use on your floor to keep it looking clean and shiny. Vacuum right before you leave, which will make your carpet look groomed, and chase away those pesky dust bunnies that like to lurk on hardwood.

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