Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
10 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell
If you are putting your house on the market, you want to make sure it looks its absolute best to attract the highest sale value in the least amount of time. Proper home staging can help you achieve this.
But don’t take our word for it! A report by the National Association of Realtors found that home staging increases a property’s value by up to 39% and reduces the time the property stays in the real estate market.
Staged homes make the property more appealing to interested buyers. It allows them to picture themselves in the living space. If you do it right, you will be able to sell your home quickly and especially in today’s market, you may likely receive offers higher than the asking price.
So, how do you stage your home to impress potential buyers? Below, are our top home staging tips that can make a huge impact.
For successful home staging, you need to direct more of your efforts toward the rooms with the highest potential to impress buyers and influence their decision. The rooms that hold the most impact include the master bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Spend less time staging rooms that won’t make much difference, like the guest rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kid’s rooms.
Home staging allows buyers to visualize themselves as the owners of the property. The best way to achieve this is to empty the place of any personal touches that say the home is yours. Create a blank canvas by removing family photos, framed photos on the wall, and stickers on the fridge. Tuck away your family clothes and remove personal items from the bathroom. Also, it’s wise to remove objects that might lean towards a certain belief.
Clutter distracts buyers from the outstanding features in your home. Also, it consumes space, making your home look small. It's best to put away things you don't use daily, such as games, toys, and papers. It's also a great time to get rid of items that you might not need anymore, like old decor, expired foods, clothes your family has outgrown, and so on. The more you de-clutter, the bigger your house will look.
Make your home inviting and fresh by bringing in a few potted plants and a few pleasant scents. Start by eliminating odors, especially if you have kids or pets around. Other things that can introduce bad smells into your house include last night’s dinner and a damp kitchen or bathroom towel. Then crack a window, light a scented candle and voila!
A clean home gives the impression of being cared for. Remember, no one wants to buy a neglected home because it will need a lot of maintenance. Make sure every inch of your house sparkles. Get rid of cobwebs, pet fur, dust in corners, and dirt from the desk, bookshelf, and other places.
When it comes to home staging, it may make sense to rework your rooms layout. That’s especially true if some of your rooms serve two purposes. For example, an open-plan living room that also acts as a kitchen area.
Your preferred layout might not be so appealing to some buyers. Therefore, adopt an open layout that makes it easy to visualize a space being occupied and enjoyed by family members or friends.
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to your house. Besides brightening your rooms, your house will appear bigger and give the impression of being well-maintained. While you might love the bright or dark colors, it’s best to stick to neutral colors like light grays, beiges, and whites.
Give each room in your house a purpose to help buyers see how they can maximize every space available to the fullest. Define each room clearly. Avoid saying that you use a spare room in your house as a gym, home office, or guest room altogether. Let a home office remain an office, a bedroom as a bedroom, and so on. Buyers want to see that every room has a purpose. If you have a basement, convert it into an entertainment room or an attic into a guest room.
If your living room is cluttered with furniture, consider removing a few of them. Furniture tends to take up too much space, making your house appear smaller. The goal of home staging is to make your house look bigger and more attractive. If you keep a few pieces of furniture, clean them up and fluff those pillow so they look their best. Alternatively, you can rent a few pieces to make your home more inviting.
Don’t underestimate your front yard’s ability to influence a buyer’s decision. They call it “durb appeal” for a reason after all! Remove weeds and debris in your gardens, mow the lawn and sweep the walkway and front porch area. Paint the door and mailbox and add some flowers or a wreath to make things as inviting as possible.
Home staging is the best way to give your home added appeal. It also offers an opportunity to add value to your property. Most tasks involved in home staging can be tackled yourself, but you could also consider a professional home stager to make the process smoother and increase its success rate.