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Two professional stagers offer some thoughts and tips for homeowners thinking of selling their home. See before and after pictures.

If you are a homeowner and have had thoughts of selling your home, read this two-part blog on ideas to help you get more money and save more time while selling your home in today’s real estate market.

We always give tips to homeowners on preparing their home for sale based on the level of work they can and want to do, while also keeping in mind their budget, timeframe and ultimately the price benefit.

“Some of the most important things you can do to sell your home are quick, easy and relatively inexpensive and can get you a lot of bang for your buck,” said Luci Terhune, RESA PRO HSR Certified Home Stager, Bungalow Home Staging & Redesign.

Since we all know home buyers will  assume a higher value for an updated home in move-in condition  than one that needs work, it’s important to balance the time and money you have available to get your house show ready.   

When many people think of staging, they think of those buzz words “decluttering” and “de-personalizing”. “De-cluttering and cleaning are great starts to preparing your home for sale,” said Renee Cologne, owner, rcShelter LLC. “But that alone is not staging. Staging is psychology as much as design - it is about creating emotional connection points for potential buyers and helping them to feel like I'm home when they walk in the door of your house. It is the fine tuning to the marketing push to sell your home.”

A home that feels worry-free and with a sense of design and style will sell faster in its correct price range than any other. Or, as my real estate partner Bob Meaux likes to say, it will be the shiny penny in its price range. Becoming the shiny penny is a combination of presenting your home well and in the best price range possible. How does staging help make that happen?

Other than the basic decluttering, one thing Terhune recommends is removing the wallpaper, noting it is usually a highly personal expression of taste, so chances are potential buyers will not like it. “If you are truly serious about selling your wallpapered home, you need to look at it from a buyer’s point of view,” Terhune continued. “You need to know that any resistance you may have about removing it will be the same resistance a buyer will have. Simply put, when buyers see wallpaper they don't like, they immediately see dollar signs.”

Cologne provides two other suggestions to consider: lighten up (open blinds, take down old heavy window treatments, etc.) and paint. “Nothing says fresh like a light filled, freshly painted home.”

These are just a few thoughts and ideas from two professional stagers in the area. Stay tuned for part two of this blog that will provide more ideas along with more before and after photos. If you need professional staging help before then, don’t hesitate to contact Renee Cologne at rcShelter, LLC or Luci Terhune of Bungalow Home Staging & Redesign.

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