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How to Stage and Declutter a Home

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Before an Open House
Most real estate professionals believe in the power of decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging a home before it hits the housing
market, as these simple strategies help buyers to envision themselves residing there. According to the National Association of Realtors  (NAR, 
approximately 82 percent of buyers’ agents believe that staging helps buyers to visualize homes as their own, while about 47 percent believe that staging plays a role in whether buyers view a property in a positive or negative way.

Whether your home has been sitting on the market for a few weeks or you’re just getting ready to list it, decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging your home can make it sell much quicker. To help get you started, Emil Ratti offers these easy tips to help you to stage your home without investing too much of your time or money.

Declutter Each Room
Decluttering is one of the most important actions you can take while preparing to list your home as less clutter means more space for your potential buyers. Apartment Therapy notes that some of the most 
important places to declutter include the entryway, hallways, kitchen, living room, bathroom, office, and any storage areas such as the garage. Remove all appliances from your kitchen countertops and keep your cabinets, freezer, and refrigerator clean and well-organized.

Then, head outside to declutter and primp your lawn, porch, walkway, and deck. Pay close attention to any outdoor area you can see from the road. Depersonalize Your Home In addition to decluttering your home, you’ll need to depersonalize it as much as possible. Start by removing personal items such as family photos from walls, countertops, and other visible areas throughout your home. These personal items include:

● Photos of family members, friends, or pets.

● Religious works of art.

● Collectibles.

● Toiletry items such as toothpaste or makeup.

You’ll also need to remove other signs of personalization from your home. These include funky wallpaper patterns or bright paint colors. When selling your home, Reader’s Digest suggests that cool and neutral paint colors are best for walls — think taupe in living areas and light blue in bathrooms.

Stage Major Areas
In addition to decluttering and depersonalizing a home, 
staging highlights a home’s best assets and is an integral part of your preparations. However, the time you spend staging your home for photos or an open house is best spent in bigger rooms such as the kitchen, living room, and master bathroom. In these major areas, you’ll want to make each space as functional, clean, and clutter-free as possible.

Here’s how to stage your home without investing too much time or money into the process:

● Position all furniture away from the walls and use an area rug to define the space.

● Group accessories in odd numbers, but don’t go overboard with the number of accessories you display.

● Purchase throw pillows for your chairs and couches.

● Beautify your bathroom with white hand towels and a brightly colored shower curtain.

● Hide television cords and cables.

● Deep clean each area, paying close attention to light fixtures, windows, carpets, and countertops.

● Staging actually begins outside with the lawn and landscaping, starting with big items like trees. If you have large limbs or a tree removed, contact a nearby professional to address the job. Be sure to get a detailed estimate beforehand to avoid any surprise expenses.

Where to Start
Before staging your home, you may wish to compare your property with other similarly priced homes on the 
market. This strategy helps you to see how the competition stacks up before you spend too much time or energy on your own home-staging projects. To get started, search for similar listings in your area to see how other sellers are staging properties of the same size and layout. To obtain ideas, you may even choose to attend a few local open houses.

While decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging a home may seem like daunting tasks, these simple, budget-friendly tips will set your home apart from the competition in the very best way.

By applying these simple staging strategies to your property, your home is sure to sell in no time!

In the market to buy or sell? Look to the expert services of Realtor Emil Ratti to help you get the best price for your property. Call Emil today to make an appointment! 201-280-2884

Article Submitted (2021) By:

Andrea Needham

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