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Does Staging Work?

Absolutely! Prepping your home to sell is one of the most important aspects of the process. The River Valley Group will work tirelessly to ensure your home is sold in a timely manner as close to full listing price as possible. 

With the holidays coming up here are a few tips to keep in mind when decorating and staging your home:

  • Make sure your house is actually clean and staged before you decorate. Some may feel that holiday decorations can cover up certain potential downfalls of the home (home damage, uncleanliness, etc.); that is not the way to go about it. Beside the fact that it’s dishonest potential buyers will most likely get a sense of clutter if they notice that decorations are attempting to cover up messiness and it will turn them away. Be sure to clean and stage before you decorate.
  • The holidays generate a sense of coziness in your home; do what you can to create that vibe. This is where the first school of thought comes into play pertaining to doing more by doing less. This doesn’t mean you have to deck your home out with Christmas decorations if you don’t celebrate Christmas but you don’t want to create a barren feel that makes buyers not want to be there. Having Christmas and winter themed scents (such as pine cones and apple cider) is an easy way to bring a sense of coziness to your home. 
  • Use lights to your advantage. There’s less of a chance of sunlight beaming through your windows during the late-Fall and winter months; therefore, you should aim to use lighting to your advantage. Using a string of lights to accentuate the beauty and architecture of your home will do wonders for you. Try to avoid going overboard…maybe even avoid putting the large inflatable snowman that lights up in the front yard away this year. This can serve as a distraction away from what buyers are there to see: your home!
  • No matter your religion or beliefs, aim to stay neutral. This can really apply during all months of the year but especially during the months with big holidays. Although it is your right to have religious symbols anywhere your desire you should keep in mind that this could be a potential turn-off to potential buyers. Replace one of your religious symbols with a bowl of pine cones, perhaps…this way you are creating the aforementioned cozy vibe while most likely not offending anyone.
  • Be strategic with your Christmas tree. If you have a Christmas tree in your living room there are several things to keep in mind. If you house has tall ceilings a tall Christmas tree will accentuate this aspect of your living room. However you also don’t want a tree that has too large of a base where it’s going to take up a lot of space, giving the impression of a small living room. Tall, skinny trees will look sophisticated and not take too much space at the same time.

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