and coffee table books give life to a room. Creatively hung wall art can do the same. A bedroom that has one bed with one pillow and blanket may make the room seem bare and lonely. By adding a table with a lamp and a rocking chair draped with a lap robe, you heighten its appeal. Be sure to add elements of the same color, shape, or texture to unify the room. Any splashes of color should appear in wall art or any place you want to draw attention. Learn to strike a balance between staging and living in your home. You can even seasonally decorate your home without dashing its appeal. The main goal is to keep your home clean and free of clutter that distracts would-be buyers. Even simple things can make a big impact on the final sale price of a home. You have two options for staging a home: do it yourself, or hire a professional home stager. If you are considering hiring someone, I can provide recommendations.
TO STAY OR NOT TO STAY?
Home sellers often ask whether they should stay in their home while it is on the market, or move out. There are pros and cons to both and factors that can tip the scale to one side.
Pros of Moving Out
If the seller has engaged a real estate agent, the burden of showing a vacant home is virtually eliminated. The agent will field all calls, set appointments, and show the home. Buyers’ real estate agents are also more likely to want to show vacant homes. If agents have 20 home options and 15 are occupied, they may well show the vacant homes out of convenience. They don’t have to call and make an appointment and can simply go over and use the lockbox.
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