Home-Staging Tricks of the Trade

How to see past the artful touches of the anxious seller and real estate agent.

1. Look for a giant mirror that hides a bottleneck or dead end or otherwise awkward space.

2. Look to see if every light is blazing.Does that mean natural light is scarce?

3. Recognize that one room—usually a child’s bedroom—will be tricked out as a distinctive “memory point” (the “princess” room) so buyers can more easily recall the house on a day when they may see dozens.

4. Look for two bedside tables instead of one.Sometimes sellers will ditch one of them to make a bedroom look bigger.

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