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3 things to know about staging your home


Before the For Sale sign goes up in the front yard, impress potential byers by staging your home.

Prepare your home for the sale process by staging it. Staging a home enhances its attractiveness to potential buyers.

Here are 3 things to know about staging your home:

1. De-clutter your home

Start with a clean slate and do a deep cleaning of the home, including carpets and window coverings. Pack up all of your personal decorations such as family photos and knickknacks. This allows the potential buyer to better imagine living in the space without personalized distractions.

A 2017 National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found 77 percent of buyers’ agents say staging makes it easier for people to visualize the property as theirs.

2. Improve the space

A room packed with furniture can make the space appear much smaller than it actually is, making potential buyers think the home is less valuable than its list price. Remove a few pieces of furniture or swap out a large table for a smaller one.

A bright room painted in warm, neutral colors can refresh a home. Your experienced real estate agent at Heartland Iowa Realty can help offer suggestions to help you choose the right shade. The NAR survey found the living room is the most crucial space to stage.

Changing out the light bulbs in lamps will also brighten up rooms and basements.

3. Consider the exterior

Staging a home isn’t just about the interior of the home. A buyer’s first impression will be the curb appeal when they step out of their car.

Make sure the lawn is maintained, and trim overgrown greenery. Plant flowers or add a colorful potted plant at the front porch. Make sure your mailbox is in good condition, and consider adding a fresh coat of paint if it’s starting to look weathered and worn.

Clean your windows and sweep off the front walkways.

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