Anyone selling their home wants to get top dollar for it. If you want to attract buyers and sell your house for a good price in a tough market, home staging is a smart idea.
Home staging prepares your home for the real estate marketplace. It involves much more than simply cleaning and organizing; home staging is about making your home attractive to buyers. It highlights your home’s best features and creates an inviting space that can help potential buyers picture themselves in your home. A well-staged home can sell faster and for more money.
While you can hire a professional home stager, you can also do it yourself. With some creativity, a small financial investment, and a lot of elbow grease, you can beautify your home and make it universally appealing to potential home buyers. Here are 5 home staging tips to get you started.
- Take your emotions out of it – One of the most important things to remember when staging your home is to try and take your emotions out of it. This can be difficult, especially if you have lived in your home a long time. But home staging is about marketing your property. Just like a fashionably dressed mannequin makes an outfit look great and put together, home staging does the same for your house. You want to position all aspects of your home in the best light possible and make people think that they too, could live in your house.
- Use neutral colors – Colors are great, but it is a good idea to stick with a neutral palette for the walls and floors if you are trying to sell your home. Give your walls a fresh coat of paint in warm beiges, light grays or pale yellows. Neutral colors can help your interior look fresh and spacious. They also work as a great backdrop for colorful pillows, artwork and other accents.
- Declutter – Decluttering every room and closet in your home is an essential part of the home staging process. After all,you want prospective buyers to see the rooms, the windows, the storage options – and not all your stuff. This can be a lot of work, but the results will be worth it!
- Remove knick knacks and excess books, clear the kitchen countertops, organize your closets, and hide (or get rid of) papers. Move extra clothes into boxes and create space in your closet. As for the bathroom – no one wants to see your dental floss, toothbrush or razor. Personal items like these can be stored in small boxes under the sink. Keep your shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, and soap out of the shower and bath area and in a bucket in a closet. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator to make both look more spacious.
- Many homes have garages that store everything but a car. If you have a garage make sure it is empty enough to actually fit a car.
- The point of decluttering is to show off your home’s best assets and ensure prospective buyers that they will have enough living and storage space.
- You may want to consider renting a storage unit. Having a storage unit will give you a safe, climate-controlled space to store your belongings until you sell your home and move into your new one.
- Depersonalize – A home wouldn’t be a home if you didn’t decorate it with meaningful items, but prospective buyers want to visualize themselves in the home. Things like family photos, your college diploma, a bowling trophy, or your child’s artwork on the refrigerator can make that difficult. Consider temporarily storing these personal belongings somewhere else.
- Clean and Freshen –It goes without saying that your home should be clean. Sparkling clean. Every room inside and every space outside. Make sure to check for dirt and grime on ceilings, floors, corners, and underneath rugs and furniture. Clean windows and mirrors, polish chrome and stainless steel, get rid of grout stains, and dust light fixtures and ceiling fan blades. Eliminate any unpleasant odors. Look at your house with a critical eye and spruce up areas as needed. A new welcome mat, a pretty hand towel in the bathroom, or a vase of fresh flowers on a table can do wonders for creating a welcoming feel.
If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, you can always hire professional cleaners and home stagers to help you get your home market ready. No matter what type of home you have, a staged home can help you stay competitive in the real estate market and improves your chances of selling it for a higher price.
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