Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

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The national real estate market is in a down-turn. Therefore, it has never been more important than now for sellers to take steps to make their homes more appealing and attractive to potential buyers. Luckily, with the help of a process known as staging, this is an easier and often less expensive procedure than most people think.

The Goals of Staging a Home Before you start staging your home, it is important for you to understand the goals of this process. These include: 

  • Making the home look clean and clutter-free
  • Creating a space that looks open and inviting
  • Allowing the potential buyer to see him or herself living in the home

As you can see, achieving these goals requires doing more than simply washing the windows and clearing the children's toys out of your yard, though these are definitely things that you will want to do as well! Rather, staging is more about creating an image that will leave a positive impression on your potential buyers.

Engaging in the Staging Process When staging your home, you will wan to take a good look at both the inside and the outside of the home. Your first step is to put away unnecessary items, to clean any items that are dirty and to make any necessary repairs. Even small items that need repair could send the wrong signal to potential home buyers. Therefore, it is essential for you to look at your home with a critical eye and to make these repairs before you start showing your home to potential buyers. 

After taking care of the basics, it is now time to start creating the right image and setting the mood for potential buyers. Some things you should do include:

  • Install plenty of lighting features throughout the home so each room can be bright and inviting when the potential buyer looks through the house
  • Remove unnecessary furniture so rooms look less crowded and are easier to walk through
  • Make certain the furniture in each room is suitable for that room (i.e. beds belong in the bedroom, not in the family room)
  • Remove personal knick-knacks and photos, as seeing your personal items locate throughout the house will make it more difficult for the potential buyer to see him or herself living there
  • Use rooms as they were meant to be used - you may like the fact that the walls in one of your bedrooms are painted black so you can use that room as your personal photo lab, but the average buyer will want to use that room as a bedroom or an office, so repaint the room and furnish it to look like a more commonly sought after room

Separating yourself from your home and looking at it from another person's perspective can be difficult. Therefore, if you are having a hard time with the staging process, bring in a trusted friend or relative to provide you with feedback or consider hiring a professional stager to help get the look you need.  With the real estate market in the condition it is, every little bit helps.  Putting this extra work in now could mean a faster sale and a potentially larger sales price!

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Shane Pollock is part of the Greater Raleigh Realty Team, and is a resident of Cary, North Carolina. Greater Raleigh Realty specializes in Cary NC Real Estate and Relocation Services. For more information please visit our website,

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This article was published on 2010/03/29