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Staging Your Home - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

When your Midland home is up for sale, how do you make it stand out above all the others on the market? Staged homes have the potential to sell faster than non-staged homes and at the price you want.

Proper staging takes a bit of time, but it doesn't have to take a lot of money. Here are some great staging tips our REALTORS® have learned from successfully showing Midland homes for sale

  • Clean and Declutter
    This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth emphasizing. Clutter and disarray make a home look smaller and not well maintained. Box up unnecessary items and put them in storage, then give the house a serious deep-cleaning. Hire a cleaning service if need be; it's worth the cost.

  • Edit Furnishings
    Once your home is clean and clutter-free, focus on the furniture. Removing extraneous pieces is another way to make the house appear larger. If your current furniture lacks eye appeal, consider renting furniture for a clean and cohesive appearance.

  • Create Groupings
    Arrange furniture to maximize walkable space and help buyers visualize themselves in the home.
    Use a technique called floating, which means placing couches, chairs, and tables slightly away from walls.
    Instead of centering furniture around a TV or other electronics, arrange couches and chairs to face each other for a cozy conversation setting.
    Area rugs are a good way to anchor a particular section and create a more intimate space.

  • Lighten Up
    Dim lighting is less visually appealing, and it can give the impression you're trying to hide something. Make sure all lamps and light fixtures are clean and in working order, adding more light sources if necessary. Don't forget to open curtains, drapes, and blinds before a showing.

  • Prioritize Rooms
    Not all rooms are created equal. A survey of buyers conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® found a staged living room is most important, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. Focus your energies accordingly, especially if you have the time or money constraints.

  • Think Neutral
    No matter how wonderful your taste is, not everyone will appreciate it. Broaden your home's appeal by sticking with neutral colors and avoiding overly masculine or feminine decor.

  • Depersonalize
    Nothing makes a buyer feel more like a visitor than family photos placed throughout a house. It breaks the illusion that a buyer is looking at their own home. Put away all personal pictures until you move into your new home in Midland.

  • Use the Power of Three
    The Power of Three is a well-known psychological concept that applies to art and decor as well. Arrange paintings, throw pillows, candles and other accessories in groups of threes to boost visual interest. Odd numbers in general will work, but three is the optimal number.

  • Check the Closets
    Closet space is one of the more in-demand features of homes, so you can count on buyers looking in yours. In addition to sprucing up closets, remove some items to make them look roomier.

  • Look at Curb Appeal
    First impressions count, and a buyer will have a hard time overlooking an unkempt yard, peeling paint and dirty windows. The exterior of your home should be enticing enough to make a buyer want to see more.

Is the process of selling a home just too overwhelming? Our experienced REALTORS® are here to help you every step of the way. Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to get started.

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