By this time almost all of you have heard of Staging. Staging is preparing your home so it shows well when you are trying to sell it. Think of it as just another word for decorating, but decorating to appeal to the general public, not just to your own personal tastes.
One of the biggest problems I often see is clutter. Now the picture above is a very extreme case, to say the least. But clutter in a home can give the potential buyers a poor opinion of what is likely a very nice home. It can also make rooms seem small and cramped when they really are spacious. I have been in large bedrooms with a dresser, a king-sized bed, two chests of drawers, two night tables, and an easy chair. Even a very large bedroom would feel cramped with all of that stuff in it.
In another home I saw a room that was literally stuffed with stuffed toys the owner had collected. My buyers turned and out the front door they went. How much better it would have been if the owner had bagged the toys and stored them away. They say that buyers make up their minds within the first 10 seconds of entering a home. I find that this, in fact, is often all too true.
Here is a link to a video on Home & Garden Television that deals with clutter in the home and how to stage it so that it will make a better impression on sellers. To see the video, click here: http://www.hgtv.com/videos/clutter-buster/29585.html
You can also view other full-length self-help videos on HGTV by clicking here: http://www.hgtv.com/full-episodes/package/index.html
They even have little mini-episodes you can watch in under 5 minutes. When you are selling your home you can use all the help you can get. So check out these hints on this useful television network!
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida