Everyone in the industry has differing opinions on staging your home to sell. I believe that making it a comfortable atmosphere helps make your home sell. From time-to-time, I run across great ideas on staging and today I wanted to share this article on staging your kitchen to make the buyer "bite".
Here's a quick quote from the article linked below that I love:
"Put it away—put it all away. We’re looking at you, coffee maker, blender, knife block, standing mixer, and toaster oven. 'And don’t forget the top of the refrigerator,' says Amy Bell, a home staging expert at Red Chair Home Interiors in Cary, NC."
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"Earlier this year my husband lost his job and a little over a month after that I was out of work on maternity leave. Neither of us were getting any pay. Prior to this our house was already on the market. After a few months of trying to sell our home and running out of savings. We decided we had to do something or we would have to foreclose on our home. After many tears, we decided that a short sale was the best option for our family. The realtor we were with referred us to Ms. Debra Smith because she could better help us with a short sale. She was AWESOME, so comforting and understanding of our situation. She assured me that this would not haunt us forever. She stayed on top of this sale. I felt almost as if I was her only priority. I could not have asked for her to be anymore reassuring that she was going to make this sale happen for us. I received constant updates of what was going on and where we were with the sale. The day of the closing when we were done signing papers, I had a small break down and she again assured my husband and I that we would recover from this and it would only "ding" us for a little while. Anyone I know looking to buy/sell a home, I will refer to her and make sure they know what she did for us and assure them they will NOT be disappointed.