There are several ways to differentiate a home from similar ones that are on sale, such as by using the services of a professional home staging company. Such services can cost about $150 to $300. Vacant and empty homes tend to sell at slower rates than those with furnishings. Sellers must give the buyer a picture of what the house will look like with them in it. It is also important to remove personal items like photos or trophies, says Annie Dodge, co-owner of A2 Home Staging Consultants. By disassociating the seller with the home, buyers will be able to better envision themselves living there. “Think of your home like a product,” Dodge explains. “You should remove pictures of your family reunion and graduation picture of your oldest niece in order for the buyer to visualize it being their home.” Another key step is making the home as spacious as possible, such as by removing two-thirds of the books from shelves. Prospective buyers and tenants value cleanliness, so it crucial to ensure that a home is clutter-free and immaculate Meanwhile, the use of realistic silk flowers and up-to-date lighting fixtures can create an inviting ambience. Finding the focal point of each room is also essential so that furniture can be appropriately positioned. Many professional interior home designers and home-staging companies will consult with sellers on how to arrange the furniture. They can also supply sellers with staging furniture and accessories when needed and teach how to create focal points for the key selling features of the home. | Read More