How to Stage Your Home While Packing

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When it comes to selling your home, staging can be one of the most effective ways of drawing offers. But when this process coincides with packing, things can get messy—literally. Here are a few strategic ways to reap the benefits of simultaneously staging and packing your home.

Clear the Way
You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and a stack of boxes by the front door doesn’t exactly create a homey feel. When packing, be sure to keep boxes away from the entry point of your house. Not only are they an obstacle, but they can be an eyesore as well. Instead, try nestling boxes away in closets, garages and other places where they won’t be as visible to prospective buyers.

Cleanliness Is Key
Although packing for a move can be a messy task, do your best to keep your house as clean as possible when staging. Not only will frequent cleanings make the final clean-up of the house easier, but it will also make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Pack Away Your Personal Touches
One of the keys to a successful staging is letting potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home. Get a head start on packing family pictures, personal affects and anything that makes your home “yours.” This will help make packing quicker in the days before you move out, and it will make the staging more successful.

Brighten Up
Homes that are well-lit tend to do better in staging than homes that appear dim and dark. As tempting as it may be to pack away under-utilized desk lamps and fixtures, as long as you’re having showings, keep them in place and lit. Keeping your home bright can also help it look more spacious, another appealing factor to strive for when staging your home.

Odd Rules
It may sound strange, but arranging knick-knacks and other belongings in odd-numbered groupings tends to be more visually appealing than arranging them even-numbered groups. While it may seem cumbersome to do this, it can actually help you get a head-start on packing up your belongings. If you have four flowerpots beside a window, removing one will not only make the space more attractive, but it’s also just one less item to pack during the days before a move!

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