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I would suggest to get your realtor first. Many time she has a lot of experience to advise you on what to keep and what to get rid of. Also she probably has stagers she has worked with to advise you on a consultation. It is truly worth the consultation fee. Stagers are professionals who have the experience to make your features sparkel and stand out. Space planning is so importand for ballance and flow. Many people think and say you can do it your self. But I beg to differ.
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You have received a lot of excellent staging advice here - not much I can add in that regard. My suggestion: before you photograph, look closely at small items on tables, multicolored pillows on sofas, etc. When reduced to photos, these things often become "mystery objects" which can read as clutter in pictures. Also, be sure to look at every room from the doorway. That is how prospective buyers will see each room; that first look has to draw them into the room, so be sure that perspective is well-designed and inviting.
You've received a lot of good advice already. Neat Freak suggested a very good idea. . . take pictures. First of all, you'll be putting in a lot of work to stage the house. By taking Before and After photos, you'll definitely know that your time was well spent. Secondly, if you do decide to stage your house yourself, photos allow you to look at the room more objectively than if you are standing in the doorway. We all get house blindness and stop seeing the unfinished projects or clutter, but when you are looking at a photo, the work that still needs to be done pops right out at you.
you guys do realize this question was asked over a year ago right? do you really think she sat around in her unstaged home for an entire year waiting for your timely advice?
You can’t sell it, if buyer’s can’t see it. Whether you choose to stage your home yourself or hire someone to help you with the process, statistics show that staged homes sell faster. If you choose to hire a professional stager, you can begin the process of interviewing at about the same time as you begin to interview and choose your real estate agent. Another option, is to ask the agent you have selected for recommendations. You need to define each room’s use for your potential buyers. Therefore, I would suggest you create a use for your front room that does not have furniture in it.
You can get a jump start on preparing your home for sale. Approach each of your rooms by standing in the doorway and try to envision it as a buyer would. You should then next lighten and brighten each room, clean and declutter each room and be sure to not forget the outdoors. Your curb appeal can make or break you. You don’t want potential buyers driving right by. Good Luck!
I would suggest begining the "de-clutter" process as soon as you can. This way you aren't rushing around right before you list and while you're still busy from the holiday season.
If you have extra pieces of furniture from other rooms in your home see if you can put them together yourself to add in your empty room. If it is your front room I would assume that's your formal living room, try adding a chair or loveseat with a table & lamp. You can drape a blanket on the chair and put a book on top of it to give the apperance of a nice place to "get away" in the home. If it's just small furniture you find to put in there try moving it away from the walls and using different angles to make it appear full.
If you don't have the extra pieces check with a friend of family member who may let you borrow some for the time your homes on the market.
Best wishes on selling quickly!
Nauntie must be so glad you geniuses stopped by! she has been sitting in her unstaged home since october of 2007, waiting for this prescient and timely advice!
Azrob haven't we had this same discussion before... if it's still going around then possibly someone else may benefit from the advice given that is in the same situation. There you go with your charming personality again!
given that you and the others jumping on this thread gave EXACTLY THE SAME advice as was given a year ago, NO nobody benefited from it. And the reason it is 'going around', is Letsstageit posted spam on it.... So No, the discussion wasn't ongoing.
If you're going to use a stager, why not ask them whether to stage the living room or not? We can't see your home from here so it would be difficult to make useful suggestions.
Stepford agents. Is this some sort of Halloween trick? WTF. Scary.
Everyone knows that to truly stage a home that has been on the market for a year you need lots of dynamite. *Check your local zoning regulations*
Azrob... I see now that it was started again by spam which I missed the first time. However I don't feel that I gave the same exact information as every other Realtor. Of course some of it is going to be close because we are all talking about the same topic... many posts on here have pretty much the same thing over and over and you're involved in those without complaint.
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