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Home Improvement Tips: Staging

Clean fireplace and prepare with logs for display

Clean out the entry closet and put only a few hangers so that the buyer can visualize winter coats

Consider lighting up the fireplace during the colder months

Hang artwork on the walls

Hang extra clean towels in the bathroom for your guests

Have a fresh vase of flowers on the kitchen table to add appeal

Have beds made

If needed, put large furniture in storage

Lock pets up away from home during showings

Open drapes to allow light in

Place fresh flowers, potpourri and other decorations around house (even in bathrooms)

Play music during open houses

Put cedar chips inside the closets

Remove all unnecessary articles in basement or attic

Remove magnets and notes from refrigerator

Remove personal possession, like photos, trophies and mementos

Set the dining room table for a dinner party

Stage garage - clean up oily floors, straighten tools and other equipment

Tag or remove items not included in sale (i.e. water conditioner, chandeliers, plants, drapes)

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