This real estate slump is a real drag, especially if you're trying to sell your abode. So stage your pad to beat out the competition and draw in more prospective buyers. Most buyers have a hard time looking past pink walls and green shag carpet, so do the legwork for them and present their "new home" on a silver platter. If done smartly, the money spent staging will be repaid tenfold in the house sale -- and you keep all the hot accessories for yourself afterward (or unload them on Craigslist).
Here are some tips I used when staging my San Francisco condo. This unit sold within a month and a half for just below asking price. The exact same (unstaged) unit, located one floor down, never even got an offer. So there you have it.
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