Home staging is no longer a fad or something that very few homeowners do to sell their home anymore. Most homeowners are doing everything they can to set up, stage and present their homes in the best possible light for potential homebuyers. If you're planning on selling your Portland area home, you've probably already done a little bit of research when it comes to home staging. While there are hundreds of articles, blogs and reports out there you can listen to, it really comes down to three major points or rules. By following these three simple rules, okay, maybe they're not simple because you actually have to do something, but, if you do follow these rules, chances are you're going to get more people through the door and more potential offers on the table.

3 Major Rules of Home Staging

#1. Depersonalize.

This is one of the number one things that homeowners can do to present their home in the best possible light. Buyers don't care that you have a phenomenal collection of tea candles. They are not wowed by your 18th-century swords stack so perfectly on the wall. And, they will not be impressed that you may have the largest collection of beanie babies that the Guinness Book of World Records has ever seen. They don't want to see that, well, maybe they do, but not in a home there thinking of buying.

They want to see neutral, attractive, well staged and well put together rooms. These rooms need to be identified by what they were originally meant to be. If you have a bedroom, don't turn it into a playroom. Make that bedroom the cleanest, neatest and most neutral and depersonalized place in the house. Don't stack the bed with thousands of pillows or dolls from your childhood collection. It's time to take a look at showcase homes, model showrooms, and model properties that have been professionally staged. The decor is simple, clean, tailored and up-to-date. You won't find a picture of the manager's children in a hotel room; the same goes for your house. Make it as clean, attractive, and depersonalized as possible. Most of the time this doesn't even cost a penny. Carefully and lovingly pack up your collections, personal photos and memorabilia to be showcased in your new home.

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