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Are you interested in selling your house fast and for top dollar?

If the answer is 'YES', then you need to get it ready to look and feel its best. The concept of Home Staging is not new and is used extensively in the USA and Western Canada to market real estate.

These Home Staging tips cover some of the things you can easily do yourself at a minimal cost.

1. Before you do anything, you have to stop thinking of your house as a HOME and start thinking about it as an investment, for which you want the largest return possible.

2. If you don't have pictures that show your house at its best, you are probably missing out on dozens, if not hundreds of potential buyers.

3. Curb appeal (or, lack of thereof) can deter a visitor from wanting to pursue. The exterior of your house has to be clean and taken care of.

4. Buyers want to see space, above anything else. You have to declutter, so the visitors can focus on the house and not on your stuff.

5. Chipped paint, loose or missing tiles, broken door handle, a closet door that doesn't quite close properly can become a BIG turnoff for a potential buyer. Fix!

6. Painting is the cheapest way to transform a room! Repaint main rooms in fresh, neutral colors.

7. Refresh and update. Simple things such as a new bed ensemble, a few decorative pillows and two nice table lamps will transform a bedroom.

8. Make the house as neutral as possible to please a variety of potential buyers and their lifestyle and taste.

9. Make sure there is sufficient light in every room- you can't have too much light!

10. Space optimization and proper furniture and accessories placement is essential. It will give a home a warm and appealing look and feel and create the WOW factor.

So, a small effort will pay of at the sale time. Stage your house-sell your house WELL!

Sveta Melchuk is the founder of Home Staging Montreal, a Montreal area firm specializing in Home Staging and interior redesign. She has been working with realtors as well as with home sellers since 2005, helping them to enhance their properties so they can sell them quicker and for more money.

Sveta also teaches Home Staging in Quebec, Canada and in Europe.

Her website, is dedicated to providing top quality information, tips, advice and resources for anyone interested in home staging services.

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