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When it comes to selling real estate, it is all about creating just the right marketing tool so the property sells for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.

Home Staging can involve the following:

  • De-cluttering
  • Neutralizing
  • De-personalizing
  • Renting Furniture
  • Minor repairs and painting

Home Staging can essentially involve spending a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to!! Today’s tip is all about using what you have! Recently I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia where students in my home staging course transformed a two bedroom condominium.  The project had zero budget, the only option was to use the furniture and accessories of the home owner.

SOLUTION:

  • Re-purpose
  • Re-use
  • Re-allocate

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to PURGE, getting rid of all of those unwanted items.  I always tell clients, edit, then edit again.

Next, find a useful and functional place for each furniture piece. Often, there is excess furniture in a space, that could serve a better purpose elsewhere.

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LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

HOME STAGING SECRET

  • The room was de-cluttered
  • An extra chair was moved into the master bedroom
  • Two end tables flank the sofa (one used to be the ottoman for the wicker chair in the room)
  • Interesting “shelf dressing” on shelves above sofa
  • Use of artwork

DINING ROOM BEFORE

DINING ROOM AFTER

HOME STAGING SECRET

  • Small accent furniture pieces were placed in corners
  • A simple centerpiece adorns the dining room table

MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE

MASTER BEDROOM AFTER

HOME STAGING SECRET

Bedrooms should convey a feel of peace and tranquility, perhaps a spa like retreat, now this one does!

  • New bedding added
  • Items cleared from dresser
  • Decorative toss pillows added to bed

INTERESTED IN TAKING MY HOME STAGING COURSE? You can view my 2013 schedule of classes at http://www.stagingtraining.com

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I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and I can’t wait for you to check back next week for another Cathy’s Home Staging Secret!

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