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Heather, Home Buyer in Oliver Springs, TN

How can I stage my home for sale while living in it with my two small children?

Asked by Heather, Oliver Springs, TN Fri Nov 30, 2012

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Try to confine the kids toys to a specific area. You can also have agents give 24 Hours notice for showings in case you need to put the house back together. Most buyers are very understanding that you have kids and sometimes it's hard to get the house together.

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If you are trying to sell the house while living in it; you are "staging" anyway:
It is really difficult for you, esp with small children; toys and such.

Start by removing almost everything from the walls; a few good pieces of ART is Okay. This will make the rooms less personal and they will appear larger.
Repaint the walls a neutral color; no bright colors. Trim stands out if it's white against a darker color.
Furniture should be minimal and in good condition.
Eliminate all "clutter" like knick-knacks and famity pictures. A vase, a bowl, some flowers will be just enough.
Pack away all those magnets and pictures from the refrigerator. Don't leave all that "stuff" on the kitchen counters: Pack it away; you're going to move anyway.
You can stack boxes in the garage; that is fair. But a Storage Unit would be even better.
You are now temporarily living in the house; live a spartan life until you sell: You are now decorating for the BUYERs, not yourself.
Tell your Realtor that you will be out of the house, on ten minute's notice.
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Staging your home can be as simple as de-cluttering and arranging furniture. Sometimes it is worth the small investment of having a consultation with a Professional Home Staging Consultation.
Contact Creative Staging Solutions - Ida Randall 865-771-9204. Their website is http://www.creative-stagingsolutions.com/Pages/default.aspx

Best Regards,
Catrina Foster
Keller Williams Realty
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