Staging your home is indispensable in the process of preparing your home for sale. It is the art of playing up your home’s best features. It is the genius of giving prospective buyers the ability to see your home as their home. Staging is what happens after repairs are made. By staging your home, you minimize the amount of time your house spends on the market and maximize the sale price. Trying to sell your home without properly staging it is like trying to land a job by showing up to the interview in your pajamas with bed head and morning breath.
Here are 10 staging tips on how to stage a house to help put your home’s best foot forward when preparing home for sale.
When house shopping, people often decide whether or not they are interested by first driving by. Give the outside of your home a makeover to convince potential buyers to take a closer look. Paint the front door and any shutters and trim to match. Make sure your lawn is mowed and hedges are trimmed. Weed and mulch any existing flower beds. If you have a porch, sweep away stray leaves and cobwebs. Strategically place patio chairs to create an inviting vignette. Nothing says, “Welcome!” like potted flowers near the front door.
You are going to be moving out of your home soon. Start getting rid of clutter before your home sells to help it sell even faster. Pack up your seasonal items and any collections you may have. Clean out the junk drawer and organize the cupboards. This will go a long way toward helping prospective buyers visualize themselves living in your home.
This is the most important part of staging your home. A clean home looks and feels more spacious. And a clean home tells your buyer that your home has been well maintained. Dirty homes are a major turn-off to potential buyers. Although you can do it yourself, having a professional come in and clean your home has the advantage of getting a fresh perspective on what needs to be done for your house to be truly clean. The longer you’ve lived in your house, the more you may have come to overlook stains and cluttered areas. Additionally, dirty carpets can give your home an odor that sends both buyers and realtors looking elsewhere, especially if you have pets. Have your carpets professionally cleaned to rid your home of funky odors and carpet stains.
Paint is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your home and give it a clean, crisp feel. Choose neutral colors that appeal to the widest possible audience. Light colors give your home an open and airy feel. A fresh coat of paint also improves the appearance of your house and makes your home seem more spacious and inviting.
The kitchen is one of the main selling points of any house. A well-staged kitchen can clinch the sale. Stage the kitchen in such a way that the area is clean and bright. Remove all counter top appliances. Organize pantries and cupboards. Make every effort to show your potential buyers everything that your kitchen can be. If you have an eat-in kitchen, use a small table to show them just how inviting the space truly is. Cabinets that are outdated may need more than cleaning. For a quick update, replace old knobs and drawer pulls with more modern ones.
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the biggest selling point of your house. Bathrooms can be made to look and feel more spacious by installing a pedestal sink. Make sure that all glass and chrome is clean, bright, and shiny. Pay special attention to shower doors. Give your bathroom a luxurious feel by placing thick, fluffy towels that are color coordinated with floor mats and drapes. Green plants also create an open and spacious ambiance.
Arrange furniture in such a way that potential buyers notice nothing but how great a space it is for spending quality time with their families and entertaining guests. You’ll want them to imagine that it is their living room, not remind them that it is yours. Do this by removing your portraits and religious items. Arrange furniture in groupings that promote conversation. If you have a fireplace, remove the television and make the fireplace the center of attention.
Bedrooms should communicate comfort. Remove any excess furniture and use the smallest size bed possible to make the room appear as spacious as possible. Dress your bed with linens in neutral colors adding a conservative splash of color with throw pillows. Fresh cut flowers and greenery add an inviting touch of comfort.
Yes, they will look inside your closets! Ample storage space is high on the list of amenities that people look for in a home. Don’t make people imagine how great the closets are. Show them by leaving the closets half full. You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you’ve been meaning to give to charity but never got around to. Now is a good time. You’ll get a tax deduction for your charitable contribution and your house will sell quicker than you anticipated. Next, organize and put on display what remains to showcase that closet’s amazing space.
Stage the back yard like an outdoor living room. Make it inviting and comfortable. Make sure that everything is just as neat and tidy as the front yard but with a relaxed feel. If you have a porch, add a patio table and chairs. If there is no porch, add an umbrella to the patio table. If your potential buyers feel like sitting on the back porch and staying a while, you might just have sold your house. Congratulations!