Are you hoping to sell your St. Clair home in a hurry?  Well, then you need to know a few staging tricks  and how to get the most positive staging affect for your St. Clair home with the least money.

Here are a few tips to get you started:                                                              

1.  First, you'll want to take your own personality out of the home so prospective buyers can visualize how the house will look with their personal items in it.  Take down some of the pictures of your relatives and the good times you've had in the past, remove trophies from the mantle, and put away those cute little notes the kids made for you in second grade.  Pack them carefully for when you find your new home and want to have them on display again.

2.  Now that you have the personal stuff packed up, it's time to get rid of what you probably think of as beloved and cherished mementos, but what may look like "clutter" to those visitors thinking about purchasing your home.  This will include such things as magazines, newspapers, books, and even things we may think of as organizational, such as file cabinets or bookcases filled with paperwork and 3-ring binders.  Any desks, tables, night stands, or other cabinets or dressers, need to have their tops pared down to the bare minimum of "stuff" so they look neat and tidy.

3.   At last we're ready to move some furniture! It's time to define the purpose of each room in the house.  For example, is it a dining room or a craft room?  Probably a dining room, so move out the sewing machine and boxes of yarn and empty the dining table of any ongoing projects, so that you could eat off it.  A nice centerpiece of flowers might be a way to add a bit of color and freshness to the room as well.  If one of the bedrooms is a catch-all for your skiing equipment, move the sports items out, get a blow-up mattress and dress it up as a bed.  Not very expensive and you can take it with you to the new house.

4.   If you find that there is a lot of unnecessary furniture taking up a lot of space in your home, go ahead and move it out.  With what's left, create some inviting conversation areas, quiet sleeping rooms, and maybe a real office.

5.  Don't forget the outside of your house needs to be staged as well.  In the winter, be sure the sidewalks are clean and dry.  Come spring, add some potted annuals to make a bold statement of color.  Keep the trees and bushes trimmed, the grass mowed and all the kids' bikes and wagons out of sight.

6.  You've removed the personal stuff, decluttered, taken out excess furnishings, and need a place for all this stuff plus the extra outdoor toys.  If you don't have a huge storage shed or basement corner where you can put these items without causing another area of clutter, you may need to consider leasing a nearby storage unit until you are ready to move to your new home.  Sometimes such places even offer deals for the first month or two of storage, and some go so far as to lend you a truck to move your things into the storage unit.

Now your St. Clair house is ready for those first prospective homebuyers to come and have a look, and the only money you've had to spend is possibly for a storage unit.  Give me a call today at 636-629-3419 or contact me, Scott Hickinbotham, online.  We'll be happy to give you all sorts of good ideas to get your St. Clair area house sold quickly.