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Video:How to Stage Your Home

with Elizabeth Weintraub

Staging a home is an art form that invites buyers to imagine living there. Find out how to transform an empty space into a warm, welcoming home that people, no matter what their personal taste, will want to purchase.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Stage Your Home

Hi, I'm Elizabeth Weintraub for About.com. Staging a home is more than cleaning the carpet, making minor repairs or decorating. It is about creating an illusion of a home space and evoking all the five senses. It is about making buyer fall in love with the home and finally making the most money.

Here is how you can make your home more attractive to the buyer.

Remove Most Furniture

First, remove excess furniture from a furnished home. In a vacant home: add only enough to let buyers visualize the space for them. Arrange furniture in groups. In a formal living room, break up the space by adding a vignette for reading, plus a coffee table and sofa; and in the dining room set the stage with table and chairs.

Use Soft Fabrics

Next, use soft fabrics such as silk, lamb's wool or satin around the house. Drape windows with simple lines.

Decorate With Subtle Knickknacks

If you have some knickknacks, arrange them in odd-numbered groupings of 1, 3 or 5 pieces. Add canned goods to the panty or arrange colorful cookbooks on the kitchen counters. Add props that warm up the space. A large bowl of fruit adds a delicious suggestion to the area.

Create a Luxury Feeling in Bathrooms

You can spruce up your bathroom through a spa motif by arranging lotions, scented soaps and moisturizing jars in basket and by hanging towels tied by ribbons.

Arrange Decorative Pieces

Add unique elements to shelving, bookcases and mantel in small groupings scattered, sparse yet eye catching in detail. Finally, you can add a few large decorative pieces: floor and table lamps, silk flowers, rugs, and a few plants.

Staging a home is an art form. If you dress your home properly, it will invite warm feelings from buyers which should turn into solid offers. Thanks for watching, please visit us on the Web at homebuying.about.com.
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