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August 17, 2010
 

Lighten and Brighten Your Way to a Successful Sale of Your Home

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Written by: Donna Dazzo
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When selling a home, it is very important that it be light and bright.  Buyers do not respond well to dark spaces.

Here are a few home staging tips and tricks to brighten up your home:

  • Remove screens from windows – this lets more of the natural light through -keep them in the garage if possible so buyers know you have them
  • Wash the windows – seems to be common sense, but you’d be surprised at what a difference it makes!
  • Remove awnings from windows and over doors
  • Trim or remove overgrown bushes and trees that are in front of windows
  • Replace drapes with sheers where possible – sheers provide warmth and softness to a room but still let the light show through

 

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  • Swap out low wattage bulbs for higher wattage ones
  • Keep all lights turned on during an open house or showings
  • Use uplighting in dark corners – either a tall floor lamp called a torchiere or a can light placed on the floor
  • Place wall and floor mirrors where they can reflect natural light
  • Use neutral paint colors on the walls
  • Brighten up dark furnishings with throw pillows or a table runner in bright colors

Doing these simple and inexpensive changes to “lighten and brighten” when selling your home can reap its rewards – a 572% return on your investment, according to a Home Gain survey for 2009.

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About the Author

Donna Dazzo
Donna Dazzo
President of Designed to Appeal, LLC, design work and staging skills have recently been featured in The New York Times, Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Papers, LINewsday, Vox Hamptons Magazine and on TV’s NY1 News and “Getting Your Money’s Worth” and on WFUV-FM (90.7 in NYC). Donna is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Redesigner and a Staging Diva graduate. She has studied Interior Space Planning at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and has her MBA from Fordham University.



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