If you’re trying to get top dollar for your home for sale in Berks County, you want to do everything you can to make your house attractive to potential buyers. Staging is one of those things that makes a big difference in whether the house sells fast or lingers on the market.

The National Association of Realtors says that staging can improve the value of a home. A majority of realtors say staging can increase a home's sales price anywhere between 1 and 10 percent. Staging, 34 percent of Realtors stated, also decreased the time a home spent on the market by half. Buyers’ agents endorsed this theory, saying 77 percent of buyers could see themselves living in a home after it was staged.

There are some important things to keep in mind when staging your house, as a badly staged home can have a negative impact on the sale. Here are five staging tips you need to know so you can put up that “SOLD” sign in no time.

Declutter and Clean

The first thing is to declutter and deep clean before decorating or putting furniture in place. Clear countertops and other surfaces, and store away anything that isn't essential. You should remove anything distracting from buyers from seeing the positive areas of your home; that's why realtors often advise taking out family photos and overly personalized decorations. Remember, decluttering also means getting rid of excess furniture to make your rooms look bigger.

Group Furniture

After removing large pieces of furniture, organize furniture into conversational groups that are away from the wall and oriented away from the windows. You want a fluid flow in each room; keeping the walls clear of large pieces of furniture makes the room feel larger.

Accessories in Odd Numbers

As you declutter, you still want to make the space feel like home, so add touches like vases, books or plants. Staging experts often recommend grouping like shades of colors in odd numbers pair and vary height and shape.

Add 1 or 2 Bold Accents

Adding one or two bold pieces to your staging décor will help to highlight one or two great features of your home. A chandelier that matches the design of your home to a dining room, entranceway or even a fabulous bathroom provides light and architectural interest to the space.

Use Mirrors

Mirrors can brighten dark hallways, bring light into the room and make a room feel larger. Get small mirrors in different sizes or different shapes for dramatic effect. In rooms with windows, place mirrors across the window so the sunlight reflects back into the room.

Staging your Berks County home is about creating an emotional connection with your home. Buyers see themselves living there when you declutter, group furniture, use mirrors, and add one or two bold accents. Now you can wait for the offers to roll in.

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