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Home Staging

Lynn's Guide to Home Staging

From my experience, proper home staging results in higher offers from prospective buyers. Home staging, a concept that originated in the California real estate market, has finally arrived to the East Coast! The basic idea of home staging is that the way you live in your home and the way you sell your home are very different.

Home Staging will de-clutter and de-personalize your home to create an environment a buyer can envision living in. One example of the process is to pack away all those personal photos or many of the kids’ toys so that a buyer can view your home without the distractions of everyday living. The statistics on home staging overwhelmingly show that a staged home sells faster and for a higher profit in today's competitive real estate market.

Lynn continues to work in conjunction with Design 'n Style, an established design company located in Philadelphia. Shelley Boe, the owner/designer of Design 'n Style, works with customers in cities throughout the East Coast including Manhattan, Princeton, Philadelphia, Hilton Head, and of course, Boston. Shelley's focus is to create an interior that reflects a person's sense of their own style and personality.




9 Ways That Effective Home Staging Can Benefit You

If your home is on the market, it's time to detach emotionally and view it as a "product". Remember, first impressions are difficult to change. Make them count!

1. Curb Appeal

If it doesn't look good in internet pictures or on a drive-by, you can be sure buyers won't put you at the top of the list to view. Proper lawn care and trimming must be maintained the entire time your home is on the market. Put away lawn care tools. Hide trash cans. Put away toys. Brighten up with flowers or greenery. White flowers stand out in photographs.




2. Declutter

Don't distract buyers with all your stuff! Since you're moving anyway, pack up or dispose of unnecessary items. Clear off those counters. Buyers will look in closets and drawers, so clean these out, too!




3. Repair & Clean

This is key! Everything from top to bottom must be spotless to let your home shine (don't forget to keep it clean). All repairs should be made prior to selling (or fully disclosed).




4. Depersonalize

Pack up personal photos and items that show your religious or political preferences. You want buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the home - not feel like they are intruding in your personal space.




5. Protect Your Identity

Put away any items that give personal information, including name, bank statements, credit card bills, etc.




6. Neutralize

Make your home appealing to a wide variety of potential buyers by eliminating very strong colors, most wallpaper & wild patterns. This does not mean paint everything white, which can feel cold and boring! I can help you select warm, attractive colors with the right undertones to match existing fixtures.


7. Pack Away Treasured Collections

Protect the things you love by carefully packing them for storage.




8. Check Your Lighting

Open window coverings (unless there is an unpleasant view). Clean light fixtures and install new bulbs for brightest light. Turn on all lights when showing property, including lamps. Make sure windows & screens are spotless! Temporarily removing screens may help.




9. Enhancement

Now it's time to draw attention to specific areas through the use of design principles such as balance, flow & color. This is where a professional can make a huge difference. I will rearrange furniture, artwork and accessories to make your home function well and appeal to potential buyers. I also show you how to attract buyer's emotions by using "emotional connection points".




To get more information on home staging, or are interested in using Lynn's home staging services for your listing, please fill out the contact form below:

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Lynn Murray

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Main Number: (978) 273-6624
Email: L.Murray@stephanre.com

STEPHAN REAL ESTATE
400 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776





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