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4 tips to stage your home

With the recent upward trend in the real estate market, many homeowners are considering listing their homes. According to Realtor.com, housing trends in Melbourne have been steadily increasing over the last two years and the median home price has surpassed $250,000.

While the environment of the area may be right for selling your home, what is inside your home can make a much bigger difference in how likely your home is to sell. Here are four tips to properly stage your home so it will appeal to buyers.

1. Hide your pets.

Before anyone comes for a walk-through, remove any signs of indoor pets. You may love your furry friend, but not all buyers will. In fact, seeing bowls, litter boxes and pet hair can lead potential buyers to assume your home is dirty. Clean your house thoroughly and remove any traces of a pet's residence.

2. Lighten the mood.

You may think there is no way to increase the light in a home, but there are actually several things you can do. Remove low-wattage bulbs and heavy drapes, and consider trimming hedges and branches blocking windows. Since light is an important quality to many home buyers, making sure your home has the maximum amount of light possible is extremely important as you prepare to sell.

3. Create a blank canvas.

While you have likely spent years making your home unique to you, prospective buyers may not be attracted to your style. For that reason, it's best to remove personal items from the house so that those who walk through can imagine it with their own possessions. This is where a big part of staging takes place. By carefully arranging furniture to showcase the space in a room and the perks of the floor plan, buyers will be able to see each room's potential.

4. Do not hide messes.

While shoving everything in the spare bedroom might work when visitors are over, it will not attract buyers. If someone is considering buying a home, they will likely check every closet, cupboard and room before purchasing. A rule of thumb is to leave every storage space half empty to make it look bigger, so you may need to rent a storage unit to keep your belongings until you sell.

While each of these tips can make your home more attractive to potential buyers, one of the best secrets is to have professionals on your side. A realtor can guide you through the process, and an attorney experienced in real estate transactions can help you find the resources to beautifully stage your home and ensure that the sale is clear and legal.

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