Ready, Set, Sell: Home Staging Tips for Spring

home staging exteriorThere may still be snow on the ground in your neck of the woods, but if you're trying to sell a home this spring, it's not too early to start getting the house ready. One of the surest ways to speed a home sale is through artful home staging.

Home staging is more important than ever these days, when houses are not exactly flying off the shelves. "It's a tough market. The quicker your house sells, the better off you are," says Karen Eubank, Dallas chapter president of the Real Estate Staging Association. "You can't change the location of your house. You can change the price--though you probably don't want to--or you can change the condition. It's totally under your control to change the condition, so why not do it? It's very inexpensive, and the return on investment is phenomenal."

According to a HomeGain survey, simple staging techniques, such as cleaning and decluttering, can return up to 10 times the investment. Even more expensive jobs, like repainting rooms, can more than pay for themselves in increased sale price and reduced time on the market. One of the leading home staging companies found that houses that have been staged spend about a month on the market, versus more than four months for homes that haven't been staged.

Check out the gallery below, from AOL home improvement expert Tom Kraeutler, for more home staging tips and techniques. Then get your place ready for its star turn.

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Mary Thoburn

A beautifully staged home always looks nicer than an empty one - and given that its sometimes hard for buyers to 'read between the lines', a home that's staged gives these buyers a chance to see how they could fit their own things into the home. By painting a neutral color, de-cluttering, and using simple furniture set ups, a buyer can get the feel for what the house is like but not be so overwhelmed by your stuff, to not be able to 'see' their own stuff in the home.

April 18 2011 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply