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Now that you know what it takes to stage your home and get it ready to sell, you want to make sure you have successful showings. Follow these proven showing do’s and don’ts and you’ll be on your way:

• Clean the home from top to bottom
• Mow your lawn
• Send pets to the neighbors
• Keep things organzied and clutter free

• Leave valuables out and on display
• Leave pictures or personal effects out
• Clutter in the closets (buyers will open these areas)
• Allow pets fur or smell to permeate the house and turn off buyers (always vacuum up fur and neutralize any pet odors)

What is staging, anyway? Staging is the process of enhancing the impression a prospective buyer has about your home. Staging is all about removing things from your home that make it look smaller, drab or dated. It differs from decorating because decorating involves bringing things into the home to enhance the look of it. The key to staging is simplicity and getting prospective buyers to a place where they can picture themselves in the home. You can begin by focusing on these staging basics:

DECLUTTER – Remove “you” from the home (meaning pictures and personal items). Replace personal photos with scenery or postcards. A good rule to follow is to have no more than 3 items on any surface. Remove all items from kitchen counters and store them away.

NEUTRALIZE – Neutralize the rooms with light- colored paint, like creams, tans and white. Keep bright colors to a minimum and use neutral and/or natural colors that can work with many different styles.

KEEP IT CLEAN – Nothing sells better than a clean and well — maintained home. Always keep the home feeling and smelling clean for showings. Some inexpensive upgrades that can make a huge difference to the buyer include:
• New bed treatment (especially for the master bedroom)
• New towels
• Fresh paint
• Replacing old lamps or lighting fixtures