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Dress Your Crofton Home for Success

If you’ve been thinking of selling your Crofton area home, you’ve probably come across the phrase “Dress Your House for Success” while surfing the web.  And you may have seen some mention of “staging” – a relatively new buzzword in real estate circles.  Pay attention because it’s never been more difficult to sell a Crofton home at top dollar than it is today, and both home sellers and real estate agents need to use every trick in the book to prepare a home for sale.

They say a single picture is worth a thousand words, so let me explain “staging” by showing you before/after photos of the same dining area.

Before staging:

Before

After staging:

After

Okay, now for the thousand words…   Just kidding!   But I do have a few for you:

In the first photo, the homeowner made a valiant effort at staging the dining room by setting the table for a meal.  Let’s give him an “A” for effort, but a “C” for results.

In the next photo, you see the difference it makes to hang inexpensive stock curtains to soften the window edges and add more dimension to the table setting with the simple addition of a floral arrangement, soup/salad bowls and utensils.  The completed table setting gives the room a finished look – kinda like a woman who puts on earrings and lipstick before she walks out the door.

Pictures of a well-dressed home on the Internet will help attract buyers, and that also requires some attention to detail with the photography.  For example, the second photo was taken during the daylight hours so you can better appreciate the view of the back yard from the dining area.  This makes it more obvious to a prospective buyer how inviting and pleasant it will be to enjoy a family meal or entertain in this home.

In this challenging market for home sellers, staging and photography can make the difference between a sold sign in front of your home or another price reduction.  That’s what it means to “Dress Your House for Success” when you sell your Crofton home – showing it to prospective buyers at its very best!

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