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Staging Tips and Ideas
KITCHEN

The #1 room in a home that influences a buyers decision is the Kitchen.  The Kitchen is longer a room where food is prepared behind closed doors and then brought into another room to be consumed.  Today, a Kitchen is the Center of home life and entertaining.  Lifestyles have changed to make the Kitchen a place of warmth and comfort.  You don't need to spend a lot of money or completely remodel your kitchen in order to reflect this new lifestyle.  Here are a few tips for your kitchen:

1.  You want your kitchen to appear larger than it is.  This is easily accomplished by removing unnecessary items from the counter tops, reducing the clutter.  You may also want to remove pots and pans from cabinets to show more storage space.

2.  The next step would be cleaning.  This is critical!  Floors, cabinets, walls, appliances should be spotless and shine.

3.  Then the last step would be the staging.  A vase of beautiful fresh flowers, or an appealing bowl of fresh fruit always works well.  How about setting out a nice bottle of wine with 2 glasses and a well prepared plate of Dolci chocolate dipped strawberries. Adding a little romance in the kitchen always enhances the senses.

4.  Fine linen, eye appealing centerpiece, nice glassware and flatware with your best polished silverware is a must.  Be creative!


BATHS

The #2 room that influences a buyer is the bathrooms.  Bright, clean and luxurious baths sell homes. People love looking at romantic luxurious baths, so take this opportunity to make yours shine!

1.  Clean and Shine is the first step. 

2.  Add plush towel sets, decorative floral arrangement, decorative soaps in sparkling dishes.  Take a look at your walls and move some pictures into your bath that you normally would not have there. 

3.  Add a small touch of class for staging purposes such as candles, lipstick and mascara arranged on a mirror, etc.


FAMILY AND LIVING ROOM

View each room first from the door that you enter. Most sellers walk to the center of the room and look around, however, buyers first see the room from the door they enter. Therefore, make where you enter, your starting point, so you will see the room just as the buyer does for the first time.

1.  First, if there is too much furniture in a room, it will look cluttered and appear smaller.

2.  Every sofa or chair does not have to be against a wall.

3.  Vary the lighting and have plenty of it. No dark or dungy areas.

4.  When buyers first enter a room their eyes will automatically go to the slider or window with a view. Take advantage of this and make it a focal point.