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If you are putting your home on the market this fall, you’re not alone! According to US World & News Report, the market this year is the ideal time to sell, with new buyers still “…entering the market, interest rates…still on the lower end…” and “…high equity. Selling now will be better than waiting till 2020.” With mortgage rates climbing again, however slowly, deciding to sell (and buy) this fall is a top priority for Americans.

Since more and more people are listing their homes, finding a way to make your home stand out among competitors is key. In Sellers: The Benefits of Staging Your Home, HGTV states your  “…home might be beautiful. Maybe it is immaculate, stylishly appointed to suit your tastes or highly upgraded with the finest materials and features. Perhaps it is all of these things. But, unless you are one in a thousand, it is not ‘staged.’” In order to make your home appeal to a wide array of buyers as soon as it’s listed, you need to “…commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home.” In other words, it’s time to clean up and clear out!

While most homeowners are not opposed to the idea of staging their home, and accept the fact that doing so is an important aspect to ensuring it sells fast and at a fair price, the idea of getting their home into immaculate shape while simultaneously searching for a new one seems overwhelming. In Home Seller Secrets, Reatlor.com states that, “…between de-cluttering, styling, and making your house look its absolute best, this process can make you want to pull your hair out.” And research confirms it! 2,000 people were surveyed, and six out of ten cited moving as the most stressful life event, with divorce coming in a close second!

Though moving can be stressful, staging your home does not have to be. In fact, renting a local self-storage unit to store furniture and items that have already been packed, can help keep your move more organized, while making your home appear larger and more spacious to potential buyers walking through. 

In addition to renting mini-storage at a local storage facility to store your belongings, consider painting your home a neutral color throughout, as well as removing any personal photos and bold decor. Keep things simple, so that buyers can envision themselves and their belongings within the space, without seeing pictures of you and Fido looking back at them.

Inexpensive updates, such as new lighting or plumbing fixtures, can also help make a space more appealing. You would be surprised to learn how little touches net big results without breaking the bank. 5 Cheap Ways to Stage Your Home like a Pro lists easy fixes such as giving rooms a purpose, planting flowers and doing some deep cleaning!

Even though you may not be motivated to spend extra time or money staging your home, the return of doing so will far exceed your expectations. Pro Tips To Help Your Home Sell Faster, For More Money states that, “A staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.”

So, get your storage unit rented, your paint brush ready and your broom set to go… It’s time to get staging! And when things get a bit stressful, think of the love that will fill your home for years to come. In the words of American novelist Jane Smiley, your new home will be, “…populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures.”

To a successful staging and move this Fall!