Did you know that staging your home to sell will get your more money and sell your home in less time? If you are considering selling your home you may want to hire a professional trained in home staging to get your home in tip top shape before hitting the market. You could also implement some of the tips from the pros to transform your house into every buyer’s dream.

Here is how to get your home in ready-to-sell condition:

1. Clear out the clutter
Show off your home to the would-be buyers not your stuff. Clear out your clutter by reducing knickknacks, decluttering bookshelves, and removing personal items including photos from your home.

2. Let in the light
Let the natural light in by opening the shades and pulling back the curtains. During a showing, turn on all the lights inside and outside of the home. Don’t forget to turn on the lamps, the soft light can be very inviting.

3. Use neutrals
Paint your walls in neutral shades, it will make the space will feel bigger. You can add pops of color with artwork, area rugs and linens.

4. Stage a setting
Stage rooms in your home to appeal to buyers. If you have a formal dining area set your table for a dinner party.Take your master bath and turn it into a spa-like retreat with fresh towels, jars of pretty bath salts and unscented candles.

5. Stop the smell
Don’t try to cover up odors with fancy sprays or candles. Neutralize odors by opening the windows and letting fresh air into your home. Try sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of trash cans and place a box of it in the fridge to absorb unpleasant odors.

6. Clean thoroughly
You may think your home is clean but look at it from a buyer’s point of view. Clear out the fridge, dust the light fixtures and scrub the grout. Would-be buyers will be going through every square foot of your home.

7. Show off your space
Make the rooms feel more spacious by removing a few pieces of furniture. Put pieces that are rarely used in storage, then rearrange what’s left to maximize each room’s space.

8. Don’t forget the outside
Start with the house number, make sure it is clean, straight and easy to read. Go for simple, clean and easy to maintain landscaping. Prospective buyers will also be interested in the garage and shed so don’t forget to clean those too.


If you were to guess which area in your home poses the most safety hazards, what would be your answer?  The kitchen?  The basement?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized.

More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.

By taking some simple steps in your own bathroom, you can cut the risk of serious injury to yourself and your loves ones dramatically.

  • Install support railings right outside of your tub.
  • Put down an anti-slippage mat on the floor of your tub.
  • Take extra care when using electrical outlets in your bathroom. Install a hand towel holder next to outlets, and get in the habit of making sure your hands are dried before plugging and unplugging electrical devices.
  • Be sure that bathroom rugs around your toilet and sink have excellent anti-slip capabilities, and replace your rugs when they become worn.

After following these steps, re-evaluate your bathroom. Can you find anything else that may pose a danger?

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