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Anyone who has ever gone out on a job interview or a date knows how important a good first impression is. First impressions can color the entire way we approach a person and environment. When it comes to your home, you want to create a positive setting that draws people in on first sighting.

But did you know that there are several common home staging mistakes that sellers do that actually have an opposite, polarizing effect; turning away potential buyers?  The following is a look at those common faux pas to ensure you avoid them and instead sell your home fast:

3 Common Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

Not professionally cleaning before the stage. Regular house cleaning, even if it's the best house cleaning efforts you've ever done, may not be enough to really appeal during home staging. This is one of those situations in which you want a deep clean done by the professionals. Professional house cleaning services will ensure everything is pristine from floorboard to ceiling corner, helping both get out stains and lingering odors. This is important both because a deep clean best shows off a property and it sends a subliminal message that the house has been well-cared for and maintained.

Forgetting about storage areas (including the garage). Storage areas can be make or break spaces for your future buyers. So it's important to not neglect these areas when prepping for photographs or open houses. If necessary, consider renting a storage facility to store all of your excess clothes, blankets, Tupperware, etc. Thus, whether it's a closet or garage, make sure it's included in your list of places to prep!

Not putting away personal items. This can be a very, very hard thing for home sellers to avoid but it is important. Remember, the goal of a home staging, both in pictures and when setting up an open house, is to get potential home buyers to imagine what the home could be like if it were theirs. You want to create a neutral canvas that allows your audience to paint in the details. As such, having too many personal items and personalized decor touches can turn off potential home buyers. So pack them up and send them off to the storage unit before the cameras come out and the buyers start a'knocking. 



390 Marshall St, Paxton, MA 01612

Single-Family

$434,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Meticulously maintained Colonial on a corner lot in Paxton. The high end finishes include crown moldings, mudroom, custom cabinetry & Granite counters. The over-sized eat in kitchen is the heart of the home. Recently renovated loaded w/ beautiful cabinets, stainless steel appliances,pantry, large center island plus dining area. Large brick wood burning fire place in the family room loaded w/ charm that leads to back yard patio complete w/ Coy Pond, waterfall & fire pit just step's away from the in-ground heated fenced in pool. A formal dining-room & living room complete the first floor.The master bedroom has an en-suite bath, jetted tub w/ separate tilled shower & balcony. There are 3 additional bedrooms to round out the 2nd floor. There is a Hugh finished office,den or playroom above the garage, w/floor to ceiling custom window for the sun to stream in . If you love golf Kettle Brook Golf Club is just a few minutes away. Nature lovers will want to visit Moore State Park for hiking!
Open House
Sunday
March 15 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Open House Sunday March 15th , 11-1 Pm Meticulously maintained Colonial on a corner lot in Paxton. High end finishes, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2 car garage, in-ground heated pool, above garage office or Rec room, Minutes to Kettle Brook Golf Course! Move in Condition. This home is looking for a New Owner it could be You!
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38 E Brookfield Rd, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Commercial

$339,000
Price

2
Buildings
Commercial
Type of Comm.
97,139.00
Lot Size
Close to North Brookfield Center on East Brookfield Road this completely renovated Colonial, Zoned for Business which has has served as a thriving business and showroom for many years. Now it is looking for a new owner. This property has so many possibilities for both Residential and Business use. If you have ever thought of running your own business from your Home this is the property for you! The Antique Colonial has been lovingly restored. There are 5 rooms with 2 bedrooms. Attached to the main house is a rental studio apartment. For the horse lovers there is a 36 X 60 drive through Chestnut Post and Beam barn with stalls and tack room w/ a 28 X 50 workshop/studio with a poured cement floor and 11 foot ceiling height, ideal for use in any number of commercial business possibilities. Well maintained, newer septic, heating and updated mechanical. Buyer to verify sq ft of home which includes rental unit.
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Sunday
February 16 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Open House Sunday from 11:30 to 1 PM North Brookfield Antique Home lovingly restored w/ endless possibilities. This property is Commercial Zoned,12 Stall Barn & Artist Studio . There is a beautifully cleared field, wooded area plus an extra building lot is possible. Commercial zoning lends this property to many opportunities for the new owner, live in the home , use the studio apartment as an income apartment, in-law or Master Suite! The Studio is attached to the Barn & has been rented in the
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38 E Brookfield Rd, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Multi-Family

$339,000
Price

2
Units
3,690
Approx. GLA
Close to North Brookfield Center on East Brookfield Road this completely renovated Colonial Zoned for Business has served as a Thriving business and showroom for many years. Now it is looking for a new owner. This property has so many possibilities for both residential and Business use. If you have ever thought of running your own business from your Home this is the property for you! The Antique Colonial has been loveing restored. There are 5 rooms with 2 bedrooms. Attached to the main house is a rental studio apartment. For the horse lovers there is a 36 X 60 Drive through Post and Beam barn with stalls and tack room w/ a 28 X 50 workshop w/ poured cement floor and 11 foot ceiling height, ideal for use in any number of commercial business possibilities. Well maintained, newer septic, heating and updated mechanical.
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38 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Single-Family

$339,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
North Brookfield Antique Home lovingly restored w/ endless possibilities. This property is Commercial Zoned,12 Stall Barn & Artist Studio . There is a beautifully cleared field, wooded area plus an extra building lot is possible. Commercial zoning lends this property to many opportunities for the new owner, live in the home , use the studio apartment as an income apartment, in-law or Master Suite! The Studio is attached to the Barn & has been rented in the past to a stone cutter as a studio. This would make a fantastic shop for a potter or sculptor. The main house has 4 fireplaces, pine floors, plus a wonderful antique Chestnut barn for a business, storage,or animals.New Barn Roof. 100 + year old trees of willow, chestnut & pine provide a protective canopy over the home & barn.This property has possibility for both residential & business use. Make this property work for you, if you have ever dreamed of owning an Antique home & running your own Business from home this is the ONE!
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