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How-To Hints for DIY Home Staging

Updated on April 14, 2014

How-To Hints for DIY Home Staging

Thinking of selling your home? To set yourself apart from and position your residence above your competition, your property cannot look like an unmade bed. Learn how-to hints for DIY home staging from a professional in the business..

When you put your home on the market, your goal is to sell it quickly and for as close to the asking price as possible!

With very few exceptions, the reality is that buyers are generally unable to visualize what their furnishings would look like in your home, which is why staging your property is so important.

When a house is for sale, you want to accent any and all architectural features, a room's size, the function of each room, square footage, or a beautiful view. To do that successfully, it is critical that these attributes be easily visible, not obscured by too many personal items, too much furniture, or taste-specific paint colors, wallpaper and wallpaper borders, collections or accessories .

The process is called "staging" for a reason: you are setting the stage, directing the buyer's attention where you want it to go.

Learn several easy do-it-yourself tricks in this lens to stage your own home for sale, which will help it to sell more quickly, netting you more money, allowing you to move on to your next adventure!

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Work From the Outside In

Staging starts curbside, so be sure to:

- Sweep up.

- Mow the lawn.

- Trim the shrubs.

- Put away toys, bikes, unneeded tools or lawn furniture.

- Touch up exterior paint.

- Wash the windows.

- Replace or freshen up dated house numbers, exterior lighting, front door hardware, mailbox.

- Paint or refinish front door and garage doors.

- Repair sidewalks, steps, porch or stoop.

Goal #1: Get Buyers Out of The Car and Into Your Home! - They cannot buy your property if they never get in to see it...

The house shown in this picture looks pretty good, EXCEPT for the three plastic, pastel Adirondack lawn chairs on the front stairway landing. They immediately distract the buyer by drawing all attention to them, preventing the buyer from looking at the home's very nice exterior and attractive landscaping.

The chairs are too taste-specific for broad market appeal and are better suited for a back-yard application. They distract the eye from seeing the front door with its interesting barrel-vault detail.

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The Focus is Now on the Great Detail of the Property's Facade

By simply removing the chairs, the entire front facade comes into focus. The double-column detail framing the picture window is seen first, and the prospective buyer's eye moves naturally to the right, finding the sheltered front door entry. Mission accomplished at $0 cost.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging your Home to Sell
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging your Home to Sell

Make the most of your home when you sell it by following the simple staging steps outlined in this great book

 
Home Staging That Works: Sell Your Home in Less Time for More Money
Home Staging That Works: Sell Your Home in Less Time for More Money

Discover low-cost and no-cost tips and tricks to stage your home to its best advantage

 

Make a Good First Impression!

Once the buyer steps inside your front door, keep him interested by making a good first impression:

- Get everything and keep everything squeaky clean.

- Clean or replace dated, broken or dirty tile, carpeting, or other flooring as your budget allows.

- Paint dingy walls, ugly woodwork or drab ceilings.

- Manage pet and cooking odors - have an unbiased friend give your home a sniff test to be sure there's nothing fishy going on.

Goal #2 - You Only Have One Chance to Make a Good First Impression... - ...and this rug does NOT do it!

Upon entering the home, a common Midwestern split-entry design, you are faced with a decision to either go up a half-flight of stairs to the LR, DR, kitchen and BRs, or down a half-flight to the lower-level family room and two additional BRs. The runner covering the carpeting on the stairs was wool and so thick it made it difficult to walk on, not to mention ugly to look at.

I loosened the runner on one location to determine the condition of the carpet underneath and discovered that the protected carpeting was a completely different color than the exposed carpet, forcing us to either get all new carpeting or keep a runner of some kind on the stairs.

The realtor told me the homeowner did not want to replace the carpet, which ran continuously throughout the stairs and upper-level living area, but he would be willing to replacing the runner on the stairs.

We had a total working budget available of $300, so I had to do some smart shopping...

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The Greek Key Design in the New Runner Invites You Upstairs to See More! - Less contrast between the carpet and the runner offers a more sophisticated look

I found a faux-sisal runner at Lowe's, available by the yard. It cost around $100 to cover the upper and lower staircases. The homeowner removed the old runner and installed the new one in just a couple of hours.

The Greek key design is classic and never goes out of style. It works equally well with virtually all home styles.

The new runner is much thinner than the old one, making it easier to navigate up and down the stairs. The lighter color of the runner makes the stairwell much brighter, a big advantage, since the foyer has no window to provide natural light.

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Do you have staging questions? Need some advice? Jot down what you need and I will do my best to answer quickly and concisely.

Need Help? Have a Question? Let Me Know! - I would love to help

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      SuperZoe LM 5 years ago

      What a difference a few changes can make. Great ideas!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Removing the pastel chairs from the front yard made all the difference! Brilliant!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Great lens! Happy to learn from you. Thanks.

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      Staging is so important when selling a house. I love to watch "Sell This House" and had used many of their design suggestions when I was selling my home. It works! Thanks for sharing.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I don't have questions, but am certainly enjoying and agreeing with your work thus far.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Great pictures to illustrate your points!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      so far, we want to keep our house. is it okey to put some lion sculptures on the door posts? thank you for sharing this lens.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      These tips and interesting and useful. Look forward to reading more in the future.

    Help Buyers Visualize Themselves Living in Your Space

    Every room needs to be inviting, drawing buyers in:

    - Arrange furniture to promote easy conversation.

    - Center furniture around a natural focal point, such as a large window or fireplace.

    - Take advantage of a large room to pull furniture away from the walls, providing everything room to breathe.

    - Each conversation area needs at least three sources of lighting.

    - Divide large rooms into multiple seating areas or multiple uses.

    - Keep room-to-room walkways at least three feet wide.

    Goal #3 - Make Rooms Comfortable and Approachable - This large room is austere, with awkwardly-placed furniture and out-of-scale accessories

    The living room is at the top of the foyer stairs and is large and long. When I arrived to stage this property, I found the room looking like this. Because of the poorly-placed furniture, too-small accessories and dated window treatments, my initial response was that the room was cold and off-putting. Yuck.

    All the furniture was situated at the far end of the room, giving it the feel of a bowling alley or long runway.

    There is also a very large roll-top desk in the room, not shown, which could not be moved, due do its extreme weight. I needed to arrange the room so the desk felt like a part of the whole room, not an island unto itself.

    Almost all of the artwork and accessories were too small, in the wrong place, or non-existent; everything needed to be changed, moved or added to.

    However, I rather liked all the furniture and knew I could make the room sing.

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    Accentuate the Positives - Now the living room has a focal point and the furniture is arranged to promote cozy conversations

    I spent $52 to update this room:

    $20 on a pair of grommet-top dupioni-silk drapery panels

    $32 on the two down-filled pillows on the sofa

    I found the drapery panels and the pillows at HomeGoods.

    I centered the furniture on the large picture window, drawing the buyer's attention to the pretty view, while simultaneously showcasing the spacious size of the living room. I added the pillows to the sofa, as a means of marrying all various colors found in the room's furnishings and providing an interesting punch of color.

    I brought the potted tree up from an unused lower-level bedroom to fill the corner behind the sofa and infuse a bit of nature into the room.

    I hung the drapery panels on the existing rod which previously held the swag-and-jabot treatment. The silk content and the simple grommets of the panels give a more updated and upscale look to the room.

    I swapped the location of the two chairs, putting the smaller-scaled leather chair near the opening to the dining room. This allowed me to place the end table, formerly located on one side of the sofa, next to the leather chair.

    I moved the sofa table from the front of the living room to behind the sofa. I traded the pair of buffet lamps from the living room for a pair of lamps from the bedroom. I put one lamp on the table behind the sofa and the other on the side table next to the leather chair.

    I put the floor lamp, which was in the room's far corner, behind the large red chair, now located next to the picture window. Now I had the requisite three sources of lighting the room demanded. Everyone seated in the room would have enough light to read by, if they desired to do so.

    I brought in the large, dark-framed cityscape from another room and hung in on the wall behind the sofa to repeat the dark tones found in the three leather cubes, used as a coffee table, and the dark leather chair. The picture's large scale provided the proper balance for all the furniture.

    I brought just a few accessories from other parts of the house into the living room to fill the voids on the sofa table, end table and coffee table. When staging a home, less is more!

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    Update Your Windows with Dupioni Silk Drapery Panels

    Beacon Looms Majesty 100-Percent Silk 42-Inch by 84-Inch Window Panel, Lined, Gold
    Beacon Looms Majesty 100-Percent Silk 42-Inch by 84-Inch Window Panel, Lined, Gold

    Always look for lined silk panels, which help them hang more beautifully

     
    Maytex Lined Faux Dupioni Panel, Ivory
    Maytex Lined Faux Dupioni Panel, Ivory

    Faux dupioni draperies have the benefit of durability and easy maintenance

     
    Kenney 4398377 Classic Square Rod Set, 66-to-120-Inch Width, 3/4-Inch Diameter, Black
    Kenney 4398377 Classic Square Rod Set, 66-to-120-Inch Width, 3/4-Inch Diameter, Black

    Black drapery rods with simple square finials are appropriate for casual to formal valances, sheers or draperies

     
    Umbra Capella 48 by 88-Inch Drapery Rod, Pewter
    Umbra Capella 48 by 88-Inch Drapery Rod, Pewter

    If space is limited, take advantage of these rods with end caps instead of finials

     

    Get Your Kitchen Looking the Best It Can!

    Update your kitchen as much as budget allows:

    - Install new cabinet hardware.

    - Put in a new kitchen sink or faucet.

    - Freshen and neutralize your kitchen walls with paint.

    - Update appliances, if necessary.

    - Redo kitchen flooring, if old or outdated.

    - Replace kitchen countertops, if damaged, dated or worn.

    - Clean your wood cabinets with a mild soap and water solution, then condition with lemon oil.

    - Clear off your countertops, to present as much open counter space as possible.

    Goal #4 - Kitchens SELL Houses - Make sure yours is up to par

    The kitchen in this home was remodeled in the late 1990s and it features natural maple cabinets, navy blue 4"X4" backsplash tile and cabinet hardware, and light blue Corian countertops. The appliances date from the remodel.

    The good points of this kitchen are the smart layout of the room, the plentiful maple cabinets and raised island with seating for eating, homework and easy interaction with guests while cooking.

    The less than ideal features of this kitchen include the dark blue cabinet hardware and backsplash tile, the older appliances, the mustard-colored walls, and especially the light blue Corian countertops.

    Blue is a very taste-specific color, which greatly narrows the market of buyers.

    My goal was to bring attention to the great cabinets and design of the room and detract the buyer from the less-than-ideal older appliances and blue elements of the room.

    Make the Most of What You Have - Decide what is most important

    Since I only had a total budget of $300 to work with on this stage and I had already spent half of it on the foyer runners and living room accessories, I had to decide the best way to showcase the kitchen for the least amount of money.

    I could not afford new countertops, appliances or backsplash tile, but I COULD afford to get new cabinet hardware and perhaps a few accessories for the kitchen island.

    All the cabinets doors and drawers already had dark blue knobs, which drew the buyer's eye right to them and then on to the navy blue backsplash tile. I decided to replace the dark knobs with brushed nickel knobs, in order to keep the buyer's eye moving around the room, stopping only where I wanted it to with strategically-placed accessories.

    I found new knobs at a local big-box hardware store in contractor-sized bulk quantity boxes of 25. Each box was priced at $15 and I needed two boxes, for a total expenditure of $30.

    The realtor with whom I was working offered the use of some of her personal accessories, so we did not have to spend anything on extra doo-dads.

    After we were done changing out the cabinet hardware and placing the accessories, the kitchen felt much fresher and more up to date.

    I always encourage sellers to stow away daily-use small appliances and kitchen utensils before showings and open houses. Your goal is to present your kitchen in the best light, and showing off acres of bare countertops goes a long way to achieving that goal. Keep a box handy to allow for quick storage of your everyday items.

    The kitchen, above, had hard-wired under-cabinet lighting, a great feature for any kitchen. An easy way to include under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen is to use battery-operated under-cabinet lights. They are quick to install, requiring only a screwdriver and some batteries. Additional task lighting is always welcome when reading recipes and during food prep.

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    Battery-Operated Under-Cabinet Lighting Ideas

    Cabinet Hardware Options

    Amerock TEN53005ORB Allison Value 1-1/4in(32mm) DIA Knob - Oil-Rubbed Bronze - 10 Pack
    Amerock TEN53005ORB Allison Value 1-1/4in(32mm) DIA Knob - Oil-Rubbed Bronze - 10 Pack

    Use these knobs on cabinet doors and the bin pulls, above, on cabinet drawers for a stunning effect!

     

    The Master Bedroom Should be Fit for a King

    It is easy to make your master bedroom ready for royalty:

    - Wash your sheets frequently! Nothing is worse than stinky bedding!

    - Edit your bedside reading material and accessories. Limit it to a clock and one book or magazine. Period.

    - Keep your dresser surfaces clear.

    - Remove excess furniture to make the room look larger.

    - Pre-pack out-of-season clothing and hang remaining clothes on a single style of hangers.

    - Clear off the closet floor and store those items in another location.

    Goal #5 - The Master Bedroom Should Appeal and be a Retreat From the World - This bedroom does neither

    This home was owned by a single man and it showed most clearly in the master bedroom.

    The carpet was dingy and worn and the room smelled BAD, like dirty bed sheets. Yuck.

    Since there was little money left in the budget, I had to get creative.

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    How to Make a Pretty Bed for Under $10!

    The first thing I did was to take off the velvet patchwork quilt and velvet pillow shams. That lightened and brightened the room enormously! Underneath the quilt I found a white cotton blanket, which I tucked in neatly, creating a sleek silhouette.

    I purchased the large aqua kidney pillow at Homegoods for only $9.99 and it became the focal point of the bed.

    I had already brought the buffet lamps into the bedroom from the living room and they were the perfect scale for the bed. Their slim size and exaggerated height really complemented the bedframe. Be careful to use lamps of the correct size for your bed or headboard. Spend an hour looking at vignettes in furniture stores for an idea of the right scale and size to use - it helps!

    Once the bed was remade, the accent pillow added, the lamps placed and the bedside table's accessories were edited, the room looked great! Even the worn carpet looked better and less objectionable.

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    Simple, Elegant Bedding, Sheets and Bedframe Options

    Croscill Home Mikasa Countryside Queen Comforter Mini Set, Linen
    Croscill Home Mikasa Countryside Queen Comforter Mini Set, Linen

    Soft, neutral bedding will inspire sweet dreams!

     
    Egyptian Cotton 1200 Thread Count Solid Sheet Set - Queen / Ivory
    Egyptian Cotton 1200 Thread Count Solid Sheet Set - Queen / Ivory

    So silk smooth, you'll never want to get out of bed!

     

    Bottom line when selling a home? Keep it clean! Edit ruthlessly! Put your home's best foot forward!

    Which Part of This Stage Do You Think Made the Biggest Difference? - You must have an opinion! It matters! Vote now!!

    Was there one area or room that made the biggest impression on you? Share your reasons why after voting!

    See results

    Light Up Your Life - Read more and do more with better light

    If you love to read, do needlework or the New York Times crossword puzzle, you need a quality reading light. Check out this classic, timeless pharmacy light and add it to your must-have lighting list. Get a pair of them to really light up your life!

    Cal Lighting BO-117FL-DB 100-Watt Adjustable-Height Pharmacy Floor Lamp, Dark Bronze
    Cal Lighting BO-117FL-DB 100-Watt Adjustable-Height Pharmacy Floor Lamp, Dark Bronze

    A good reading light is priceless. This classic timeless pharmacy lamp fits well with all types of decor. It has a heavy base to keep it upright on all flooring surfaces.

    A great feature is that it uses common, easily found, affordable 100-watt bulbs, not some specialty, high-priced light bulb. It has a great adjustable-height feature, ranging from 47" to 57.5", allowing it to be used as a bedside light, thereby saving precious nightstand space.

    The rich oil-rubbed bronze finish provides great flexibility of use: in the library beside a wing chair, paired with another pharmacy lamp at either end of a sofa, on the porch next to a wicker chaise lounge, or in a guest room alongside a cozy club chair.

    Well-made, well-priced, easy to use, providing great reading light, this pharmacy lamp should be a must-have on everyone's lighting list!

     

    Once you decide to sell your home, it becomes a product to market in the best manner possible:

    Look at your home through the buyer's eyes.

    Take an afternoon and go to various open houses for ideas of what to do and what not to do.

    Look at properties online for even more valuable input.

    Pre-pack personal belongings - it will save time later.

    Consider each room's purpose and be sure to clearly present that purpose.

    Contact me if you have ANY questions! I am here to help you!

    Did you stage it or leave it as it was? How was the process for you? I would love to hear about your experiences!

    Have You Ever Had To Sell Your Home?

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        WinWriter 5 years ago

        We'll be staging ours around October. Very helpful lens. *Blessed *

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        iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

        Great suggestions! We spent months prepping and staging our last home before putting it on the market, and it sold the first weekend.

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

        Excellent suggestions! For me, when we look at homes, it is mostly about the clean factor, but I do agree with you that some things like worn or ugly carpet can be so distracting that a buyer never notices anything else.

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        Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Amazing ideas, some of which are so subtle, yet make a huge difference. The pictures your included really help get the point across. I sold one of my condos a few years ago and did some minor staging that really help sell my place quickly and get the price I was looking for. Thanks for sharing these tips...stay blessed! :)

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        Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

        Yes. I helped my son sell his first home. Staging was a blast and very profitable.

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        cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

        Yes. Happily sold before got to the point of being able to stage it and get a Realtor. God was watching over me! Your pictures are a wonderful education. Back and forth, before and after, comparing your words to the pictures. Thank you!

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        JoshK47 5 years ago

        Didn't know about home staging til this - very useful information, indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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        Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        We paid for a stager when we sold our house and we paid so much for all the changes. I don't know if it really made a difference. Maybe it did for their friends who bought the house. I should have read this lens first.

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        squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

        You are the master of staging, these all look so great after your expert touch. Thank you for your tips, they were very helpful!

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        Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

        This lens will help me when I sell my :) Great lens.

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        Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

        Three homes, all staged to make them feel squeaky clean, neutral and spacious. I'm now in my 4th home and slowly remodelling the items I knew would have to GO if I bought the house. The dark blue worn out wall to wall carpet is to be replaced with hardwood floors this year!

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        Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

        You've got really important tips in this lens! It's such a critical step to take before you open your house to the public. I've included this great lens as an additional resource in my own lens on staging. Nice work!

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        Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

        You have done a great job, and I absolutely understand about putting your home's best foot forward. Before I sold my last home, I had a very critical agent who assisted me in doing just as you explain. It made a huge difference to the final sale price, the effort certainly paid off.

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        WriterJanis2 5 years ago

        Amazing ideas. Presentation is so important for a home sale. Blessed!

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        SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

        I have not yet owned a home to sell. However, I can clearly see the benefits of what you did and how it can lend to a sell :)

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        srsddn lm 5 years ago

        My first effort ever failed miserably. I left it as it was as I was not in station for a long time. But now I understand and understand even better after going through this lens that unless you stage it you cannot get better results.

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        @craftycrow: I sincerely hope you had an elevator, but I have a sneaking suspicion you didn't. In either case, I can only imagine the work that was involved! Thanks for visiting my lens and leaving your comment!!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Rangoon House: Hoarding can be such an easy habit to acquire. It can creep in little by little and before you know it, you're drowning in stuff!

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        AJ 5 years ago from Australia

        I have done it too many times to count! I like to think my home is "staged" most of the time for our own comfort and pleasure and for the sake of maintenance, but I also have a hoarder husband, so there are spots that I would be a staging challenge - even for you! Blessings.

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        craftycrow 5 years ago

        we moved from a 3rd floor apartment years ago and I thought there would never be an end to the stuff we had to move. We've got much more stuff now. :) Nice lens. I like the before and after pictures.

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        @Mary Crowther: Thank you, thank you!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @indigoj: I am so grateful for your blessing! Thanks so much!!

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        @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @JJNW: Thanks for taking the time to read my lens and leave a comment!

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        @Bill Armstrong: Many, many thanks!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Scotties-Rock: A big THANK YOU for your blessing!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @seashell2: The purple star was a big surprise! Thanks!

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        @anonymous: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @hessa johnson: You are so right! Many of these ideas work to sell a home or just live in one!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @faye durham: I couldn't have been more surprised when I received my purple star! I was astounded! Thanks for commenting!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Wbisbill LM: I appreciate your validation! Thank you!!

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        @Kailua-KonaGirl: Wow! I don't know what to say! Thanks for all your generosity and lovely comments!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you!! I appreciate it!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @MaggiePowell: I've heard other sellers say the same thing about their kids! LOL!!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @sousababy: Thanks! The purple star was a complete surprise!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Steph Tietjen: Thank you so much for your kind words!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @intermarks: Congratulations on owning your home outright! Not many can say the same - my hat is off to you!!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @anonymous: It always surprises me how little staging changes have big effects!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @LivRiley LM: Even though staging a home for sale involves a few different elements than designing a home for living, they both share common features.

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @CoolFoto: Congratulations on selling all those houses! Wow!! And thanks much for the blessing!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @cdevries: Glad to help!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Johanna Eisler: I'd be happy to help!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @PromptWriter: Thanks for your kind words! Let me know if I can help with your home!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Virginia Allain: I often do distance design - just say the word!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @tvyps: We all got spoiled with a hot market for so many years, didn't we? It's best (but not easy) to think of your home as simply a place to live, not an ever-increasing asset.

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @RinchenChodron: Fresh paint makes an enormous difference! Good thinking!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @goo2eyes lm: Thank you SO MUCH for the blessing!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @HERBMASTER: Be my guest! Thanks!!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @Mickie Gee: You've won half the battle if your curb appeal is good. Good job!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        @MamaRuth: That was absolutely brilliant to edit your closets and belongings! I encourage any seller in a similar position to do the same thing you did. It helps!

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        MamaRuth 5 years ago

        I enjoyed reading your suggestions and especially liked the photos. I'm not planning on selling but can still use some of the ideas here! Years ago when we got ready to sell our first house, my first step was to rent a storage unit and put about half the "junk" from our closets plus extra clutter there. It made the house seem larger and didn't raise those red flags that overstuffed closets bring to people's minds when they are house shopping.

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        Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

        So many great ideas and I loved the before and after photos! Angel Blessed!

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        Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

        So many great ideas and I loved the before and after photos! Angel Blessed!

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        HERBMASTER 5 years ago

        Thanks, I can use tis for my side business.

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        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        i forgot the blessings, sorry. got logged out and must log in again.

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        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        we are not planning to sell our home but my husband is the interior designer. he always find something to do in the house.

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        RinchenChodron 5 years ago

        No, I'm still in my first home, but someday I will have to sell it. I did just re-paint and it made a big difference.

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        Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        I want to sell mine but the market is too low right now. Like the commercial, I have too much stuff, not enough space! ha! Squid Angel blessed.

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        Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        I love watching the home staging shows on HGTV. Wish the home staging fairy would magically appear in my home and turn it into a showcase.

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        Mickie Goad 5 years ago

        Both homes I have had to sell were empty. Mostly, I made sure that the outside of the houses looked well tended and welcoming.

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        Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

        We are not selling but boy would I like you to visit. I know many areas do not work right. LOL I found this very informative fright from the first curb appeal lesson.

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        Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

        P.S. I'd love to have a "home-stager" like you help me make my house beautiful! :D

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        KittySmith 5 years ago

        I am a RE Agent and photographer. Whenever I photograph a property for the MLS I "stage" as best I can with what is available when I am there.

        Great Lens and congratulations on your Purple star as a new lensmaster!

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        cdevries 5 years ago

        I understand staging a lot better now - thanks! The before and after photos were really effective.

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        CoolFoto 5 years ago

        Yes, I have sold 6 houses and agree with your changes here. Blessed by a Travel Angel.

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        LivRiley LM 5 years ago

        Congrats on your fabulous lens!...although I have no plans to sell...I feel like 'homestaging' my home :)

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Small improvements in home makes big changes in outlook. Well done.

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        intermarks 5 years ago

        I never need to sell off my own house since I have been paid off all the bank loan a few years ago.

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        Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

        I knew about staging, but it's great to see a real example done so expertly. Thanks

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        sousababy 5 years ago

        I want to live in these photos . so neat and tidy. Great lens, congrats on a well-deserved purple star.

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        MaggiePowell 5 years ago

        Great Ideas... Great tips... I fear I'll have to send the kids out of state if I ever need to sell the house.

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        MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

        No, I've not had to sell my home, but I would definitely stage it. This was a wonderful lens, by the way.

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        June Parker 5 years ago from New York

        Kate you have done a lovely job with this lens. I am impressed how small inexpensive changes can make a world of difference when presenting a home for sale. The purple star award is well deserved. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" lens in the "Home & Garden » Home Improvement" neighborhood.

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        Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

        Thumb up and congrats on the star. Lot of great info. As a former real estate sales person, I know your tips are right on!

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        faye durham 5 years ago

        Lovely lens! This is a very useful primer on how to stage your home. Congrats on your purple star!

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        hessa johnson 5 years ago

        These are great interior design ideas, whether you're selling your home or not! Thank you for sharing!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Very impressive lens. This is your how-to-stage-your-home guide. No doubt about it.

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        seashell2 5 years ago

        Great tips for getting your home ready for a sale! Congrats on your purple star!

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        Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

        Great Lens! Congrats on the purple star and Welcome to Squidoo.

        Sounds like a great job you have and you are very good at it. :)

        Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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        Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

        Congratulations on receiving your Purple Star, an awesome award. Outstanding lens

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        JJNW 5 years ago from USA

        Congrats on the Purple Star award! That is awesome! "SquidLiked" by a Giant Squid who enjoyed your lens!

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        Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        I would love to stage homes. I can appreciate the creativity and artistry that goes into successfully transforming the blahs into the ahhs. Very beautifully done and presented. Congrats on your bright, shiny new Purple Star!

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        Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

        I haven't yet, but I'll definitely be using your staging tips when I do. This excellent lens was blessed by a Squid Angel. :)