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Monday, March 13, 2006

Do it yourself staging - Money in your pocket

One of the most valuable services we offer to our clients in the Edmonton area is assistance in staging their homes for sale. When requested, we will make recommendations to improve your home's value. Not only will we provide recommendations, we will provide the necessary referrals to professionals that maybe needed in order to properly stage your property. A properly staged home will sell sooner and for more money. It has been our pleasure to offer this service to our clients in the Edmonton area for the past 42 years.

Sellers shouldn’t look at the cost of staging a home. Instead, they should consider how much more it will allow them to make on their house, says Peggy Selinger-Eaton, who has recently published a book and DVD entitled, Stage Your Home for Profit.

Here are Selinger-Eaton’s suggestions for do-it-yourself stagers:
  • Remove clutter except for a few wisely chosen accessories (candles, fresh flowers, crystal).
  • Bedrooms should have beds: If you're a bed short, use an inflatable mattress and some boxes to create a faux bed.
  • Light and more light: Raise window blinds and remove screens from windows to let in as much natural light as possible.
  • Modernize fixtures: Replace boring or tarnished light fixtures. Trade in old lampshades for new ones. Replace sink and tub fixtures with modern, shiny ones.
  • Deep-six shabby furniture. Selinger-Eaton recommends buying cheap-chic replacements at Target.
  • Create life: Set the table, leave on the big-screen TV, play background music.
Source: Christian Science Monitor, Keith Rockmael (03/13/2006)

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