Here are some great ideas from a professional stager. I wish all my listings (and other realtor's listings too) would prepare their homes with this kind of attention to detail.
So many sellers say to me, "A buyer can see past all of our junk, right?". Actually, NOT!! That first emotional connection is crucial to grab the buyers, draw them into your home and emotionally attach them to it. I often say to my sellers,"Why do you think builders hire professional decorators to prepare their showhomes?" Builders know that clean open spaces, the right amount of accent colours and strategically placed art and decorating pieces, impress potential buyers and pull them in. They know that emotionally grabbing a buyer will help bring about a sale. I have seen buyers forget that a home doesn't have enough bedrooms for their needs or is over their price range and want to buy it just because "it is so beautiful"!