When listing your house for sale, real estate experts agree that you should stage your home to sell it more quickly and easily and to beat out your competition. Staging allows potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. They want to picture their lives within these new walls and all of your clutter stops them from doing so. Eliminating that hot pink princess room and framed photos of grandma will help their vision—and help you sell your home!
Model Your Home
Have you ever toured a new complex and saw the model home or apartment and thought, “Wow, it’s so clean and perfect for my stuff!”? Well, that’s exactly how a home should be staged for new buyers. All the floors should be cleaned, railings dusted, walls cleaned and any excessive pictures removed. As best as you can manage, there should be no evidence of you living there, especially if you are! Here are some researched tips as to how you can stage your home by decluttering and saving you money in the process.
Focus on the outside first because curb appeal is what brings buyers inside. Trim the branches, cut the lawn, plant flowers. Liven up the yard! Clearly display the address in plain sight. A fresh coat of paint to the exterior may add thousands of dollars in value to your home. Although this’ll cost time or money, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Remove All Personal Objects
This will attract a larger audience and won’t limit buyers. Buyers will mote easily picture themselves there without the unfamiliar faces. Additionally, buyers can picture the bare bones of the house instead of your own emotional attachments. Assume that everything inside the home will be looked at, especially closets. Be sure to lock up anything that can’t be left in plain sight. When you notice how many things you own that you haven’t used in years, maybe it’s time to hold a garage sale. Post on Craigslist to advertise your sale or big-ticket items.
By most standards, remove up to half your furniture. This will make your space look far bigger. Rent a storage unit to get rid of anything personal and not of major everyday use. Walls might have to be painted (preferably a neutral color) as well. Place furniture in a way that invites people in, not deters them. Decluttering includes cleaning the house from top to bottom. For less-used rooms that gather dust, make them useful by adding a chair and bookshelf in small, unused spaces.
Make use of multiple types of lighting. Make your home look interesting! Place wall hangings in fashionable positions to wow potential buyers. Place plants strategically around the rooms and have a delicious fragrance like vanilla or fresh linen plugged into the wall when buyers come in, but nothing too strong.
Fix the Little Issues
Fix all plumbing issues, wall cracks and broken fixtures. Don’t give buyers a reason to spend more money than they have to. Everyone loves a good home for the right price.
Find Extra Inspiration
You can do what I do when I’m bored or need inspiration on how to make my home look better: watch HGTV on what to do with an area when you can’t afford a professional stager.
Decluttering is nice even if you aren’t staging your home. We often get too bogged down with mail thrown onto the counter, clothes on doors, dishes in the sink and toys across the floor. Even if you aren’t staging your home for the purpose of selling it, decluttering can add a whole new life to your home. Having a garage sale will give you money back in your pocket and peace of mind when the house isn’t a mess. Want one last checklist? Look no further.
So tell us, what are your tips to staging or selling your home?