Saturday, January 14, 2006

Setting the Stage to Sell Your Small House(January 9, 2006)

-- Home stager Barbara Cooper-Corcoran believes small homes should be staged to increase the chances of a quick sale.

She estimates that staged homes command $15,000 to $20,000 more than they would have without the makeover. According to Cooper-Corcoran, homeowners should use neutral colors for carpeting and walls to make rooms look more spacious. Getting rid of clutter and keeping a small amount of furniture in the home can also be useful. Cooper-Corcoran also recommends replacing door handles, cabinet hardware, and bathroom faucets to jazz up the place without spending too much money.

Former NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® President Dorcas Helfant, who says small homes are in high demand among first-time buyers due to soaring prices, suggests adding a second bathroom if interior space is available. Source: Chicago Tribune (01/06/06); Martin, Ellen James

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