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STAGING YOUR HOME TO SELL
from seeing your property, including personal collections,
a wall of family photos, knickknacks, books and magazines,
Brighten and add warmth — Open the curtains wide and
push back the drapes on every window to let in as much
natural light as possible. Also, replace any light fixtures
that are outdated and make sure all existing lights are
working. Turn on every light in the house to exude a warm
glow throughout your house that will make your home feel
cozy and bright.
Set the scene — Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your
dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh
fruit or flowers. Make your bathrooms feel luxurious by
adding a new shower curtain, towels, and fancy guest soaps.
Create vignettes throughout the home — such as a chess
game in progress — to help buyers envision living there.
Staging a home to sell doesn’t require spending a lot of
money — just making smart decisions. Your real estate
professional will help you make specific changes that will
add value to your home and entice the buyers who come
for viewings. Get every advantage you can, use a REALTOR®.
If you are planning to put your house on the market, it goes
without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as
quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage
for success with these expert tips for styling and upgrading
your home, to boost your home’s value and speed up the
Start with a sparkling clean slate — Give your house a
thorough cleaning before you open it up to potential buyers.
Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings,
dust all surfaces — including the walls, ceilings, light switch
covers and baseboards. The more your home shines, the better
for prospective buyers.
Make the entrance grand — Make the best first impression
by sprucing up the lawn and landscape. Mow your lawn
and trim your hedges, and remove dead or overgrown
shrubs. Touch up any peeling paint, and power wash the
outside if needed. Repair any cracks in the driveway and
walkway. Top it all off by buying a new doormat and
adding a seasonal wreath to your front door.
Declutter and neutralize — Look at each room objectively
and start packing. Remove anything that will distract buyers
The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (LIBOR) is a not-for-profit trade association representing 28,000 Real Estate professionals
working throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens. Dianne Scalza is currently serving as the 2019 LIBOR President.