With Staging, You Want to Start Outside and Work Your Way In
If you’re like most home sellers, then you want to get the highest possible price for your home. But, if you aren’t careful, you might be doing things that are working against you. This includes improper staging of your home, or worse, not staging it at all.
Staging is one of the most important things you can do when you are trying to sell a home. The effort you put into the process can show your home in its best light, and makes it easier for a buyer to envision themselves living there. Not sure where to begin? Here are twelve of the best staging tips to start implementing today, and it all starts outside.
Beautify Your Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is what gives a buyer their first impression. If your home’s exterior is unkempt or messy, then the buyer automatically has lower expectations for what’s inside. Start buyers off on the right foot by cleaning up your home’s exterior. This includes power washing your siding, keeping the lawn mowed and clean, keeping the windows clean, planting colorful flowers, trimming overgrown bushes and trees, and repainting or staining the deck or porch floor.
Make Your Home’s Entry Inviting
Your home’s entry should be clean and nicely decorated. Place a “Welcome Home” mat in front of the door. Use potted plants to add a splash of color. Clean the porch lights and keep them lit in the evenings. All this will help make your home more inviting to those who enter.
De-Clutter the Home
Clutter has no place in the home, especially if you want to get a good price for it. De-cluttering your home will make it feel more open and airier. Even if you don’t want to get rid of everything, at least pack the clutter away and store it in a storage unit or neatly in the garage or basement for the time being.
The cleaner your home is, the faster it will sell and the higher the price you’ll get for it. Nobody wants to move into a filthy home, and most buyers want to have minimal tasks to do when they move in. So, make sure your home is spotless and clean every nook and cranny.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Your furniture might be where you like it, but when you’re selling your home, your preferences don’t matter as much. You want to make the rooms in your home to look as appealing to as many buyers as possible. Rearranging your furniture to make it more symmetrical typically gets a good response from buyers.
If your home is filled with color because that’s what you love, then applying neutral-colored paint over the walls is a must. Colors tend to make strong impressions, and can make especially bad ones. Keeping the home’s decor neutral helps the buyer see the home in a way that makes it easier for them to picture their home decor preferences in the space. This color palette applies to everything in the home, including the bedding, pillows, drapes, and more.
Don’t Forget the Closets
If you think stuffing things into your closets will keep them out of view, then you should think again. Most serious buyers will open your closets, so they can see how much space is there. Make sure when you are de-cluttering and cleaning that you don’t forget to address your closets.
Minimize Personal Accents
The buyer needs to see themselves living in the home, so don’t have too many of your personal effects lying around. Keep only a few to help give the home a warm, lived-in feel.
Maintain New Personal Accents
When we say personal accents, we are talking about things that might turn a visitor to your home off. For instance, keep a brand-new bar of soap in the shower instead of one that is used. Make sure the trash cans are always empty and clean before a showing. Keep your bath towels clean and folded. Think of what you would notice if you were looking at a home.
Replace a Bathroom Vanity With a Pedestal Sink
If your home has a smaller bathroom, then one thing you can to do to help the space look larger is to remove the cumbersome vanity and replace it with a sleeker and thinner pedestal sink.
Eliminate Pet Odors
Pet odors can be overwhelming to visitors, especially if they don’t have cats or dogs and aren’t accustomed to the smells that come along with pets. To make your home less offensive, steam clean your carpets and sanitize every surface that your pets touch. Make sure the litter box is always clean and stow away any worn or tattered pet toys.
Use Awkward Areas to the Their Best Ability
Every home has its awkward areas, like an out of place corner, a room under the stairs, or an odd alcove or nook. Don’t leave these spaces unaddressed. Come up with a creative way to use them. For instance, turn an odd nook into a cozy reading spot, install custom shelves in the room under the stairs for added storage, or use that out of place corner as a small home office.
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