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while the home is on the market. But there are many ways a home stager can make your furniture and accessories more appealing. In most cases, removing some pieces and then re-positioning what stays allows for a nice flow. Buyers are attracted to homes flooded with light and roominess. They are equally put off by cramped homes filled with unnavigable spaces. Home shoppers want to walk through a house without obstacles in the way. Space and storage are high on the list of buyers’ desires, so every area of the home should feel spacious. Remove all unnecessary furniture from living spaces and store it. Closets, pantries, and basements must be free of clutter and organized. The goal is to show there is ample space and storage. If your closets are over-flowing, that tells the buyer there isn't enough space for their items either. Furniture placement is an easy way to highlight unique house features. Find the focal point of a room, or create one. Then position the furniture so it enhances that focal point. The focal point can be a fireplace, a stunning view, or built-in cabinetry. (Never use the TV as a focal point unless it's a theatre room). Some furniture pieces can "float" in order to create a conversation area. Be aware of where the electrical outlets are. Not every room needs to be staged in a vacant house. An empty extra bedroom, for example, is better than a poorly furnished room. Concentrate on the main living areas: living, dining, kitchen, master bedroom/bath, powder room, office, and foyer. People will see the usefulness of the basement rec room or extra bedrooms to fit their needs.

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Once every room has a focal point and a purpose, creating

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