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5 tips to stage your home like a pro

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When arranging furniture, make the rooms look spacious. Control the flow of the room. Home sellers tend to push furniture against walls to create space, but "floating" the furniture -- creating furniture groupings away from walls -- adds space to the room.

For example, group a love seat, coffee table and two wingback chairs across from the sofa, all in the middle of the living room on a decorative rug. Dawn Ohnstad, an agent with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Wayzata, Minn., says rooms should almost be bare of furniture (but the furniture should be in good condition).


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