​When you put your house on the market, you're inviting people to consider what living in your home might be like for them. And you need to make that experience as positive as possible. Home Staging is the process of doing just that: Giving the buyer a great first impression. I can help you assess what needs to be done, but here are some of the most important things to remember:

Keep it Neat and Spacious

Most of us just can't help ourselves, and over time we accumulate more and more stuff. Unfortunately, finding a place to store stuff can be a problem. Before a buyer walks in your front door, you need to find a place for as much of your stuff as possible, and that place should be somewhere besides your house. Put almost everything you don't need for day-to-day living in a rental storage space.

Keep it Light

Pull back the curtains and open the blinds. Let the sun fill your home with natural light and bright open spaces. Make sure all your lights have working bulbs.

Keep it Clean

You need to be vigilant about keeping the entire house clean. Even people who can't keep their own homes clean will notice that yours is dirty if they're walking through as potential buyers. After you've cleared out the non-essential clutter, you may want to invest in a deep cleaning service.

Keep Yourself Out

One of the most common staging mistakes is leaving all of your personal photos, keepsakes and mementos out. You may have a great life your home, but a potential buyer doesn't want to see how you live. They want to imagine themselves living in your house, with their own furniture and their own stuff.

Home Staging is an important part of the process of selling your home. Whether you hire an expert or do it yourself, taking the time and energy to make a great first impression can be the key to closing the deal.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI,
Keller Williams Realty

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Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

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