Staged homes sell 73% faster than their competition.
It's a seller's market right now and it's easy to make a lot of money from the sale of your home. The best way to get the most out of your money is to stage your home.
Staging your home can help you sell it faster and for more money. Keep reading for 10 home staging tips from the experts themselves.
1. Focus on Important Areas
When it comes to staging your home, certain areas are more impactful than others. Buyers are most focused on the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen.
This means you should focus your efforts on these areas. It doesn't mean you should neglect basic maintenance of any other areas, though.
If you've ever wanted to try feng shui, now is the time. When staging your home, you want to create as much open and walkable space as you can. This not only helps buyers walk through space during showings but also helps them picture their own furniture in the home.
Rearrange your furniture to create spacious rooms. Get rid of furniture that isn't needed, doesn't match, or is damaged.
3. Clean, Clean, Clean
When you're staging your house for potential buyers, you'll need to clean like you've never cleaned before. This means cleaning in areas that you normally overlook.
The cleanliness of your home says a lot to potential buyers about how well you've taken care of the property as a whole. If you're willing to show your home without properly cleaning it, what else have you overlooked that buyers can't easily see?
Don't forget to clean less obvious areas like inside the cabinets and the refrigerator.
When your space is full of clutter, it appears smaller. Bigger spaces are more appealing to potential buyers.
Pack up and relocate any clutter that can be discarded or isn't needed on a daily basis. This includes clutter stored in spaces like closets because buyers will check to see how much closet space the home has.
5. Create a Neutral Space
This tip might require more time and even money, but the payoff will be worth the extra effort. When buyers look at your home, whether in person or through pictures, they want to imagine themselves in your space. While many homeowners like to truly make their houses their homes, an overly eccentric space can turn potential buyers off.
If you've experimented with bright colors or trendy designs, consider repainting and creating a more neutral space. Colors like grey, white, and taupe are likely to work for any potential buyer.
6. Allow Buyers to Imagine Themselves in the Space
Along the same lines, the ultimate goal of home staging is to present your home to potential buyers as space they can create their own story in. This means visualizing your home as a blank canvas.
An easy way to help buyers envision your space as their own is to remove overly personalized touches. These include photos, clothing, religious items, and personal items in bathrooms.
Don't forget to remove photos from the walls and the refrigerator. Move your personal items to storage where they will be out of the buyer's sight.
7. Don't Underestimate the Power of a First Impression
While staging your home, in general, creates a good first impression about the property, you should also pay special consideration to the first thing buyers will see - the front entrance.
The front entrance area should be clean, well-lit, and subtly decorated. Avoid seasonal decorations as they can make your house seem dated. Instead, create a simple but welcoming space by adding a doormat and one or two potted plants.
Of course, make sure the plants are healthy if they are real plants. These small details can create a welcoming feel and give buyers a positive impression of your home in general.
8. Make Repairs - Big and Small
Before showing your home, be sure to make any necessary repairs, no matter how small.
Small impurities like holes, cracks, and scratches tell buyers that you haven't even done the minimum necessary to keep your home in good shape. Making these small repairs not only makes the space looks nice but says a lot to buyers about your diligence as a homeowner.
9. Make Sure the Space is Well Lit
The amount of light in your space can have a significant effect on how potential buyers feel about the home. When rooms aren't bright enough, buyers won't be able to properly evaluate the space. Poorly lit rooms can also seem smaller than they really are.
Before showings, be sure to turn on all lights, including lights in closets and lamps. When the lights are on, buyers will feel more welcome and they won't have to worry about turning the lights on and off by themselves.
You should also open blinds and curtains on your windows to allow natural light to fill your rooms.
10. Add Some Freshness
While we do suggest getting rid of clutter and personal items, you shouldn't forgo decor all together. In fact, well-placed greenery can transform your space.
Try adding a few living flowers in good health. You don't want to place them too close together. For example, place a vase with brightly colored flowers in the center of your kitchen or dining room table.
Add some small plants in the living room and save large plants for empty corners. If you don't have a green thumb, you can achieve the same goal with fake plants.
Contact Us for More Home Staging Tips
These 10 home staging tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a home fast.
The best thing you can do to help sell your home is to get in touch with a professional. An experienced realtor will help you stage your home and get the most money from your sale.
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