a house goes way beyond your efforts to make it look nifty before
having friends over for a dinner party. If you've ever visited a
new home development and walked through the builder's model home,
you know exactly what staging is. Builders usually do extremely
elaborate staging jobs.
the process you started with the three Cs (clean up, clear out,
and cosmetic improvements). Here are some staging tips that you
can use to increase your house's emotional appeal:
Aromas from fragrant goodies like freshly baked gingerbread
or just-brewed coffee bring back wonderful memories of home. Conversely,
many people find odors from pungent foods such as liver, fish,
and cabbage to be a turnoff.
Always have fresh towels in bathrooms. Buy new shower curtains;
old ones are usually mildewy. Put new soap in the soap dishes.
Everyone has collections -- family photos on the wall, autographed
baseballs, dolls, trophies the kids won in school, whatever. You're
not running a museum or a curiosity shop. Put away your collections
so people focus on the task at hand -- buying your house.
everything off your refrigerator. Most folks use magnets or
tape to stick everything from vacation snapshots and finger-painting
masterpieces to notes for the kids and "to do" lists
on the surface of their refrigerator.
Keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A house
that's too hot or too cold isn't inviting.
Functioning fireplaces are utilitarian (another heat source) and
romantic (candlelit dinners by the fire). If you have a fireplace,
spotlight it. Polish your fireplace tools. Pile logs neatly in
the fireplace. When your house is shown on cold fall or winter
days, nothing says "Welcome" like the warmth, glow,
crackle, and smell of a blazing fire.
Vases of colorful, fresh flowers spotted throughout the house
make a wonderful impression on prospective buyers. You don't have
to spend a fortune. Bouquets of carnations, daisies, tulips, or
other seasonal flowers from your local supermarket are fine.
Rearrange furniture to create a warm, inviting feeling.
Bright, well-lit houses seem more spacious and cheerful. During
the day, open all your curtains and drapes. If the view is unattractive,
get sheer window coverings that let light through, but mask the
view. When you show your house, brighten up rooms by turning on
all your lamps, even during the day. Be sure hallways and stairways
are brightly lit. Don't forget to turn on closet lights, oven
lights, and the lights over your stove and kitchen counter.
buyers often drop in or drive by in the evening to see how your
house looks at night. Interior lights that can be seen from the
street make a house look cozy and inviting. From sunset until you
go to bed, keep at least one light on in each room that faces the
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