Waiting until the last minute to get your home ready to sell is bound to make your move more stressful. It could also result in a lower sale price if you forego properly preparing your home for sale. The extent to which sellers put time and money into fix-up-for-sale work varies from one area to the next. In the San Francisco Bay Area, so many sellers stage their homes for sale that you could be at a disadvantage if your home is not staged. In other areas of the country, sellers do virtually nothing to ready their homes for sale. The staging effort can be as minimal as removing clutter and excess, cleaning and rearranging furniture to show the living space at its best. Or it could involve painting, replacing tired floor coverings and light fixtures, and hiring a decorator who spec...
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