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Decluttering and Depersonalizing: Preparing a Home for Sale

The key objectives when staging a home for sale are to make the property look spacious and to emphasize the feel of flow from room to room. That’s what most homebuyers are looking for these days -- plenty of room to stretch out and make the space their own.

A good rule of thumb is to clear out at least 30 percent of your home’s contents before showing it to prospective buyers. That means getting rid of oversized furniture and making sure loose papers and personal items are thrown out or organized and carefully stored away. The more “stuff” buyers have to maneuver around, the more skeptical they’ll be when it comes to seeing your property as clean, well-organized and a likely candidate for purchase.

Storage space

When reviewing a home, buyers often look for plenty of storage space in the basement, garage, crawl space and closets. If they see storage square footage taken up with personal items, they’re more likely to regard your home as inadequate...

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