You’ve just listed your home on the market, so what’s next? Staging your home, of course. But it’s not always easy figuring out where to start. Being certain that your home doesn’t sit on the market for a long period of time comes down to making a strong first impression with buyers. To do this, it’s important to keep up with what’s trending in home staging design and what you can use to charm buyers to create a favorable first impression. Be sure to proceed with caution, however, because there are pieces that can hinder you home’s appeal and ward off potential buyers.
Adding some simple, updated decor can make your home feel warm and inviting, which is key. Here are the dos and don’ts for staging your home in the coming year that’ll make it impossible for buyers to pass up on your offer!
Use Unique Touches
If you have a special item in your home that brings character and unique charm that you can’t find just anywhere, keep it! But, don’t just keep it, put it out for people to see. Chances are, if your item is of good value, the buyer may see that value too and be able to draw a personal connection with your home. Even if it may not be everyone’s taste, it’s a risk that could reap a ton of reward– and quickly!
Remove Personal Items
Make sure to remove all personal, seasonal, or otherwise special items out of your home. For example, all family and/or wedding photos, holiday decor, awards or religious items. You want to be sure the potential buyer can envision themselves moving their items into the home. Removing all clutter from the bedrooms of your home can be a good task for prep as well.
Make Sure Good Lighting is Present
Lighting can show off all of your home’s greatest assets and make it more vibrant. When considering adding some extra light fixtures, think about the functionality of the room. For example, you may want to make sure overhead kitchen lighting is bright enough when preparing food.The same thing for the bathroom in your home, this is usually where primping and touch ups happen – lights directly above or lining the mirror can really make a difference.
Also, make sure fixtures are modern! You don’t want your home to feel dated and gloomy, the upgraded lighting will be well worth it. You can even layer your light fixtures, mix over heads with table or floor lamps to help even out the lighting in the space.
Color Accents- Entire Walls
Don’t go for large walls painted with bright colors, this could scare off potential buyers from even stepping foot in your home. Instead, keep a more neutral color scheme and add pops of color through furniture, wall paintings, or photos. The neutral palette gives the buyer flexibility to change what they want as opposed to having to paint over a color they didn’t like.
Mixed Metal Overload
Make sure to be intentional with your metal pieces to avoid things from looking too matchy-matchy. HomeLight mentions that you should avoid brass nickel, but brushed nickel is fine. Additionally, all fixtures don’t necessarily need to match your appliances. Moderation is key in making this look well executed.
Use Generic Decor
Put some thoughtfulness into staging your home while it’s on the market. Don’t just pick up generic, plastic, or cheap decor. Have a fresh vase of flowers visible upon entering the home, even go the extra mile to make sure everything is sparkling clean and nicely placed. Consider moving around the living room furniture for a smoother flow of traffic while buyers come and go.
Your buyer will be able to simply feel it when your home is “the one”, this is why it’s so important for them to be able to see their belongings in the new space. Undoubtedly, always stick with classic choices that have stood the test of time for home decor. This is the best way to make the buyer feel like they have control in making the home their own. For more tips on selling your home, head to the Homes.com How-To section, where we answer all your home selling questions!