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Turn your house into someone else's home

Created date

January 31st, 2009

By Vera Ballard


From wall colors to window coverings, your home is an expression of who you are. But when it s time to sell, buyers should be able to envision your house as their own. Staging your home is the process of making it more appealing to buyers. Statistics show staged homes sell in half the time of non-staged homes.

Here are a few techniques:

Start from the outside in.

Smiths don t want to live in the Jones house. Depersonalize the front of your residence by removing items like custom doorknockers and garden gnomes. This will create curb appeal that everyone can appreciate.

Clean, clean, and clean some more.

Now is the time to clean your carpets, wash your windows, and organize those overstuff ed closets. Buyers will be going over your house with a fi ne-tooth comb. Depersonalize the inside.

You want buyers to focus on your house, not your trip to Hawaii. Removing family photos and collectibles allows buyers to see the wonderful features of your home instead of all the stuff it holds.

Keep colors neutral.

Pink may be your favorite color, but not every buyer will appreciate a pastel palette. Changing paint colors is an inexpensive way to brighten and neutralize a space. The same applies to window treatments, rugs, and bedding keep them simple, light, and neutral.

Highlight key features.

Are you hiding a big bay window behind heavy drapes? Is your fireplace buried in plants? Clear out clutter so buyers can see all the great features your house has to offer. Create the illusion of more space by clearing the kitchen counters or rearranging the furniture.

Vera Ballard is a personal moving consultant for Erickson Realty & Moving Services, a program for people moving to any Erickson community across the country. Staging is just one way your personal moving consultant can help.For more information about Er...Realty & Moving Services, call 1-800-917-8643.