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5 Ways to Stage Your Home for a Fast Sale

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Today's real estate market is crowded with inventory, so if you want to sell your home, it has to stand out. Staging, or making it appeal to the broadest possible group of people, is one way to do just that.

That means depersonalizing your home so buyers can visualize themselves living in it. Here are some staging tips you can use to help sell your home quickly:

  1. Neutralize — Put away family photos, collections, and other personal items.  This will help interested buyers invision their own things and see the potential your house has to turn into a home for the buyer.
     
  2. De-clutter — Pack up knick-knacks, clear off countertops, remove up to half your furniture. Consider renting a storage locker until your home sells.  De-cluttering will make the house feel more spacious and open.
     
  3. Rearrange — Arrange furniture so buyers can move smoothly through the home. Highlight rooms' focal points, such as fireplaces, with furniture groupings.
     
  4. Let it shine — Clean or replace carpets, wash or paint walls, pressure-wash siding and decks, and scrub, scrub, scrub—especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Turn on all lights and open drapes for showings to bring in the natural light. 
     
  5. Landscape — Mow and edge the lawn, trim the hedges, plant flowers. If your yard doesn't look well-maintained, buyers will assume your home isn't and drive on by.  Curb appeal can be a very important selling point to buyers and is often the first impression they have of your house.  Make sure it leaves a lasting impression that makes them want to check out the inside.

If your funds are limited, spend money where it shows. Buyers form first impressions from your front door and foyer, so make sure they sparkle. Is the doorknob wobbly? The doorbell broken? The doormat shabby? If you're debating replacing carpeting in the entryway or a back hallway, choose the entryway.

Be sure your changes make economic sense, though. Do normal maintenance, such as replacing stained, chipped countertops, but don't install an expensive hot tub.

Consider hiring a professional stager. Realtors can recommend stagers, or you can consult the International Association of Home Staging Professionals' website at iahsp.com. Costs vary, but the National Association of Realtors reports that spending 1% to 3% of your home's asking price will generally yield an 8% to 10% return.

Whether you're fixing up your home for resale, or looking to buy a new home yourself, CES Credit Union can help. Stop by or call 1-888-397-1136 today.

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