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5 dirt-cheap home-staging ideas

Pack away personal items
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Pack away personal items

Packing away personal items is one of the simplest -- and cheapest -- things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly, according to Page and Radice.

"The reason you want to depersonalize your home is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home," Page says.

Prospective buyers won't be able to picture themselves in the house if they're surrounded by dozens of photos of your children and grandparents.

"Pictures are extremely distracting. You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos," says Radice, who also recommends removing any religious items from plain view.

"You want your home to show like a model," Radice says.

In addition to attracting the buyer, "you want the buyer's agent to enjoy showing the home," Radice says, because even if this particular buyer isn't interested, the agent might represent someone who would be a good match. 

The cost: $2 to $3 for a roll of packaging tape. You already have the scissors on hand and you can often score the boxes for free from a neighborhood store.

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