Staging to Sell Your Home
You might be asking yourself ‘how important staging a home is when selling?’ Given the top considerations for a buyer are the home’s price, its location and its look. The easiest and most reasonable of the three to change is the appearance. People imagine they can look past ugly decor or empty rooms and see 'potential', but usually they can't! A savvy seller knows that a ready-to-move-in house is more enticing to a buyer.
Staging a home is not just decorating-- it is a process that is meant to attract a wide array of buyers. Here we give you some quick tips about staging, but there are literally hundreds of things you can do to spruce up the look of your house. Do your homework, and find out ways to maximize the space your home provides. Remember, less is usually more.
Tips for staging your home to sell
- The outside of the house is the first thing a buyer sees. After trimming and cleaning everything up, plant some yellow flowers around the front walkway;the color yellow invokes a feel good emotion. A fresh bag of dark brown mulch will give your home a healthier look. Placing fresh plants inside your house will also give the same effect.
- Showcase the entertaining potential of the home by setting your dining room table for a dinner party, or placing a water pitcher with glasses on a tray.
- Draw attention to the natural light the house offers by opening all the blinds and curtains.
- Ensure a fresh smell in the house by opening the windows and doors to flow air through your property about 20 minutes before you show it. For an easy, inexpensive way to get a fresh scent in your kitchen, simply cut a lemon and run it through the garbage disposal or bake some cookies.
- Make sure every room reflects its purpose - put a chessboard in your game room, or if you have a finished attic or basement, add elements that transform it into a guest bedroom or study. Master bedrooms are very important, so try to make the look of it warm and friendly.
- Storage is always a selling factor for a home so make your closets look bigger by keeping them half full and well organized
It’s best to ‘Meet an Agent’when staging your home. They will be able to give you objective, expert advice about how to utilize your house’s space. Be open to their suggestions - your refusal to change your home’s look could delay the sale of your house and even prevent you from getting the best price.