If you are ready to sell your home, plan ahead and spend time getting it in top notch condition. “Staging” means that your home is in selling condition, setup so that a buyer notices the home’s primary selling features, rather than your personal items or any shortcomings. Effective staging allows the buyer to see the space of each room and visualize their belongings in the home. Staging, combined with proper pricing, is how to sell quickly and at top market value.
My tips here outline how you can get started on preparing your home for the market. My listing services include customized staging – I have furniture and decorating items that I use in my listings to further enhance the appeal of the home. I tour a lot of homes in our area and I know what buyers are looking for. It is best for us to meet well in advance of listing your home so we can work together on preparing it for the market.
Here are the 5 best way to stage your home:
1. Painting –Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest, least expensive ways to increase the appeal of your home. Use subtle, neutral colors and be consistent throughout the living areas of the house. One color is best. Wallpaper and faux finishes are typically a turn-off and should be removed. A fresh coat of white paint on trim throughout the house is a fantastic way to make the whole house look clean.
2. De-clutter – Go room by room and get rid of stacks of catalogs and books, piles of mail and files, boxes of forgotten toys, baskets of stuff. Remove fake plants, silk flowers and greenery. All counters and dressers need to be clear of nearly everything. The goal here is for buyers to not be distracted by your personal items or overwhelmed by your clutter.
3. Less furniture – We often live with a lot of furniture, but too much makes rooms look smaller and cramped. Try your hardest to eliminate at least one piece of furniture from each room in the house. Remove furniture from hallways. Put your furniture in a rented storage space to take to your new home (or sell it and start fresh!).
4. Light and bright – Now that your house is clean and clutter-free, make sure people can see it in all its splendor by blinds to let in the natural light. I recommend removing heavy window treatments (drapes and valences), including the rods and hooks.
5. Deep clean –Even the slightest mess can be a turnoff to potential buyers. Cleaning a house for staging doesn’t just mean dusting, sweeping and vacuuming. You also need to clean baseboards, cabinets, pantry shelves, closet floors, ceiling fans, windows, ceiling fans, air returns, etc. Don’t forget to clean your front door and porch – make a good first impression!
Let’s get started! Call me today to schedule your staging appointment. I will help you identify specifically what needs to be done how to stage your home.