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Negotiate best sale price on your 1st home

Employ subtle staging
Employ subtle staging © John Wollwerth/

"Don't overlook staging," says Katie Severance, co-author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling Your Home." "It's not a new concept, but some people think they don't need it. But staging can get you thousands more."

Staging needn't be obvious or expensive, she says. Ask your agent what you could do to make your home look bigger and better.

There are tricks (think new, spa-quality white towels and accessories) to give that bubble gum-pink bathroom a more neutral appeal without having to renovate.

Staging advice probably will center on clearing out and getting rid of pieces that make rooms appear crowded, Severance says.


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