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How to stage your home for sale

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Staging is an essential part of selling your home. Everything may be decorated perfectly to your liking, but realize that your tastes don't necessarily appeal to all buyers. Here are tips from our Real Estate Top Performers on how to create an environment that can garner multiple offers.

De-clutter and de-personalize. You'd think family photos create an inviting environment, but they can be alienating and distracting to prospective buyers. When you decide to put your home on the market, box up those framed pictures first. Clear off kitchen and bathroom counters so buyers can see how spacious they are, and de-clutter built-in shelves. You want buyers to appreciate all the features of your home, and not be distracted by miscellaneous objects.

Don't catfish buyers. Virtual staging has become popular for different real estate websites. The pictures of the house are digitally altered with furniture and other elements that aren't really there. When a prospective buyer goes to the see the home in person, they may be put off by this bait-and-switch. 

Furnish bare homes. If you're able to move into a new home without selling your old home first, chances are you're taking all your furniture with you. A completely empty house can create a cold, uninviting atmosphere. Find a real estate team who works to stage homes expertly to entice buyers.

This article is sponsored by our Real Estate Top Performers.

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