Staging Your Home
It’s a simple fact that a whopping 77% of buyer’s agents believe that staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home. Staging doesn’t have to be difficult, with these simple steps, turn your home into a dream home which allows every buyer to see themselves living there. This will ultimately increase the number of potential buyers interested in your home and generate a higher selling price for you.
- The most important one of all, curb appeal: You’ve seen the potential buyers drive by and slow down to a crawl as they creep past your home. They are scoping out your home in a big way. Make these potential buyers fall in love with your home before they even step foot inside it. Mow the lawn (weekly until closing), pull all the weeds, add in lush greenery & plants, large flower bushes for color. Pressure wash the driveway, sidewalk entry and the exterior of the home. Sweep your doorstep prior to all showings.
- Make your Home Sparkle: Clean your home as if your most treasured friend or family member is coming over and you want to impress them. Think impeccable, eat off the floor, type clean. Call in help if you need to, there is no shame in this. Ask for a deep clean, so they get all the small crevices, inside cabinets, baseboards, windows and furniture.
- Neutralize your Home with Paint: Love color? You may love electric blue or a pale yellow, but all buyers do not love colors, tone down your personal taste and bring in neutrals. The color on the walls is the biggest thing that deters buyers away from a home. Even if you just painted it to your favorite color. Change it. Go neutral – whites, beiges, or grays. You’ll be glad you did. And, it may even brighten up the room and make it appear larger.
- Rid your Home of All Your Personalized Things: Declutter your home of family photos, collections of any sort, family heirlooms. You want buyers to imagine themselves in the home and say “I can see myself living here.”, rather than asking themselves, “Who are those people in the photos?”. Eliminate all distractions to avoid a negative impact on the buyer’s thoughts.
- New Artwork: Need something to hang on the walls in place of where the family photos were? Replace with some artwork that coordinates with the colors of your home. This is also a great place to have a small pop of color!
- Declutter: It’s only human nature to collect lots of stuff over time. Go through your home with a trash bag in hand and toss out anything you haven’t used in over a year. If it’s something of value, toss it in a bag and donate it to your favorite charity.
- Replace Furnishings if necessary: Do you have some really worn out pieces of furniture? Get rid of it! Replace it with something new (think rental). Rearrange furniture to create open & inviting spaces. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult with a professional staging company.
- Make Home Repairs: Invest the money into hiring a home inspector to find all the home repairs that are in need of fixing and get them done prior to listing your home for sale. Even brand new home construction has items to be repaired, this is normal. Find out the repair list before a buyer does, to make the sale transaction a smoother one. Doing this will also make your home more presentable to the buyer.
- Don’t Forget a Fresh Coat of Paint on Doors & Baseboards: This is one many sellers forget to do. They paint the walls and leave the baseboards and doors looking dingy. Don’t make this mistake. Painting the baseboards, trim & doors with a fresh coat of white, will make a huge impact in each room and give you a larger return on your investment.
- Flooring: Do you have carpet? Is it worn? Is it stained? Ask yourself these questions. If the answers are yes, replace it. Take a look at what is trending locally and consider replacing the floor with what is popular. Do you have tile? Is the grout stained? If yes, have it cleaned and re-grout it for a fresh & clean look.
- Spring for New Fixtures: If you’ve had the same light fixtures for many years, consider changing them out to give a new, updated look in your home. Same thing goes with door & cabinet hardware and outlet switches & covers.
If you’ve followed all of these instructions, it’s time to step back and scrutinize every room to be sure every room in the home is shown in the best way to highlight the potential of each feature. Ask your professional real estate agent to assist you in doing this. A different set of eyes will have a fresh outlook and they will be able to provide a few recommendations to accomplish this.
Happy home staging!