Staging your Dallas Home

By: Richard Soto

There is a definite art to the staging of a home for sale. There are professionals that you can hire to stage your house for you, but the same effect can be achieved by simply taking some time and thinking about the presentation of the home. You must consider things like the lines and colors of a room, the amount of furniture, whether the decorations sync with the feeling of the room, and the experience that viewers will have as they travel through the rooms. The general idea is to highlight the strong features of an area while drawing attention away from any potential areas of issue, if there are any. You want people to stay in rooms longer and discuss the features. It is this kind of interest that sells homes.

In the process of staging, mess and clutter are the two biggest enemies of success.

As you have likely spent years in your home, there is going to be a fair amount of accumulated "things & stuff" that will only get in the way of showing the house itself. During the preliminary preparation for selling, it's good practice to start to weed out the things that you don't need on a daily basis. Take these items and box 'em up. This will only make it easier when the move comes and it will take away from the distractions to the viewer. Everything that you do not use daily should be stowed away. Also, make sure that the countertops and tables are clear of items save, perhaps for a decorative accent.

Another thing that should be taken care of at the outset is imperfections or damage to walls, paint or wallpaper. These may seem like small things, but they are vital to the final presentation of the home. If your walls are currently covered with a color of paint that is somewhat out of the ordinary or a bit too extreme for the average person, you may want to consider changing it to a more neutral color. The best idea is to try to appeal to the greatest number of viewers. Purple walls might be great for you, but they are likely not to everyone's taste. The best idea is to prepare the home in a way that you yourself would buy it again, emotional attachments removed of course.

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