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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the real thing is priceless! When you’re selling your home, it’s important to entice buyers with an all-around good experience from the moment they step inside.

It’s probable that potential buyers set up a viewing because they were impressed by the photos they saw of your home. While visuals are a great way get someone’s attention, the overall impression is what will steer their decision to make an offer or keep looking. Don’t forget to pay attention to these three senses when you’re staging:

Sight: Because photos can be deceptive, it’s important to make sure that the real deal is just as appealing as the picture. Buyers will be immediately put-off if your home looks nothing like what was advertised. Clear out the clutter, swipe on a fresh coat of paint if you must, and make sure buyers get what they came to see! We love the clean and fresh look of this living room:

greenPhoto Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Design by Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes

Sound: The location of your home can work either with you or against you in terms of sound. If you’re in a heavily populated area, make sure all windows remain closed to reduce any noise pollution. You could even consider playing soft background music. On the other hand, if you’re in a rural area, feel free to let natural sounds in! Either way, make sure there’s an ambiance that is appealing, not off-putting.

Smell: This is an important one. If a buyer thinks he or she might inherit an unpleasant smell when they buy your home, it’s highly unlikely that they will make an offer. Be sure to steam-clean carpets and upholstery to remove odors, and replace them entirely if you have to. For an added touch, use a lightly-scented candle or room spray — just don’t overdo it!

candlesLeft: Diptyque Roses Candle; Right: Lucia Wild Ginger & Fresh Figs Room Spray

Want to learn more about home staging? Check out Cathy’s Home Staging Class schedule. Upcoming classes are being held in Las Vegas on January 31st and in Atlanta on February 7th.

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