"The number one rule of home staging is to depersonalize. If you do nothing else, you absolutely need to pack away anything that makes the house 'yours' as opposed to theirs. Your family photos may be precious to you, but to a buyer, they're clutter. Clear off counters and shelves, pack away books and take down photos off the walls."
— From Buy-and-sell-house-fast.com
Staging & Decorating: Let these ideas for decorating your home inspire you in your efforts to sell your home.
Showing the House
"When you know someone is coming by to tour your home, turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights – even during the day. At night, a lit house gives a 'homey' impression when viewed from the street. During the daytime, turning on the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and it brightens up any dim areas. Your house looks more homey and cheerful with the lights on."
— From realestateabc.com
Lighting: Try these ideas for simple lighting suggestions.
Windows & Doors
"The windows on your house are the soul to your house. They are the 1st thing that some one [sic] looks at when they are looking to purchase your home. What do your windows say about you? Are your curtains warm and inviting, does the sun shine through bringing in the warmth with it? Can you pull shades down to bring privacy to your rooms?"
"Choosing the right type of window treatments is important for the whole look and feel of your room."
— From Home Staging Redesigns
Home Maintenance: Renovate your property, and improve the market value of your house.
Walls & Painting
"You should always have freshly painted or touched up walls when you are trying to sell your home anyway so this is also the time to change the color to appeal to the greatest number of people that you can.”
— From www.ehow.com
Painting: Need to repaint your house? Use these titles for tips.
Carpeting & Flooring
"Cush-up the carpeting - Don’t replace the carpet on the cheap. Invest in the BEST padding you can find. Buyers will in most cases have to remove their shoes when walking through your home. In their stocking-feet, they will feel the difference!"
— From From Real Estate Ezine @rticles
Flooring Maintenance and Repair: Learn how to make basic repairs to your home.
Keep the House Free of Clutter
"Cleaning and removing clutter is the foundation of successfully staging a house to sell. No matter how much pretty stuff you move into the home, it won’t look attractive unless it’s sitting on a clean stage. Plus, homebuyers want a house they can immediately move into, not one that requires a cleaning crew to get it into shape."
— From From RealEstate.com
Organizing and Cleaning: Read about uncluttering your home when preparing to sell.
Buying a New Home
"The trick in buying real estate is to view all decisions with both a logical perspective and an emotional perspective. If a situation presents itself that requires a trade-off, decide on whether there is a huge conflict or a small one. Logic should win the big conflicts, but emotion should always be a factor, even winning the small ones."
"You will find yourself owning a warm, happy, safe home – and an investment for the future at a price you are willing to pay."
— From From realestateabc.com
Mortgage Loans: Use these resources to learn about getting or refinancing a home mortgage.
Real Estate License
"Every state (and the District of Columbia) requires that real estate agents and brokers be licensed. For the general license, most states require agents to be at least 18 years old, have between 30 and 90 hours of classroom training, and pass a written examination on real estate fundamentals and relevant state laws."
— From Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Real Estate Careers: Learn how to sell homes.
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