Selling your home requires the kind of attention to detail that helps prospective buyers envision the space as their own. This is where staging comes in. This is where staging comes in – the art of presenting your home in its most perfect light to make it more attractive to buyers.
According to the experts at HGTV, professional stagers often rid a home of half of its contents to make it appear bigger! Storing those things will help potential buyers see the value of the space. Which means the effort and minor expense invested in the process can put dollars in your pocket at closing time. The following tips will help make any home look like new and reflect care, quality and cleanliness.
FACT: Staged homes sell 2-3 times faster than non-staged. And on average at a 17% higher price.*
* According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Evaluate Your Home
Evaluate your home’s interior and exterior. What do you notice first — everyday clutter or the home’s best features? Have a trusted (and frank) friend come in to give you their perspective as well. Make a list of what needs to be cleared away, cleaned up and moved out.
Along with clearing the clutter and depersonalizing, reduce your furnishings for a “just right” feel. There needs to be enough in place to suggest scale and capacity of furniture within each room, but not so much that traffic flow is hindered or that anything obscures your home’s architectural elements. Take any “extra” furnishings to your storage space.
Enhance the buyer’s imagination by replacing patterned wall coverings with neutral paint and installing low-grade tan wall-to-wall carpet and neutral window coverings. Bold furniture, decorations and accouterments may work for your everyday life, but it will work against you when you’re trying to sell your house. This one is an investment, but if your home has that “move-in ready” feel, the investment can pay for itself.
De-Clutter and Clean Ensure that every inch of your home sparkles for a fresh, welcoming appearance. Also address any smells or odors resulting from pets, cooking and smoking. It helps to have a friend (a neutral nose if you will) stop by and let you know if they smell anything off-putting. Once it smells great, another favorite Moveology tip is to bake some cookies just before your open house or showings. What smells more like home than chocolate chip cookies? Plus, you can take them with you when you leave.
Repair and/or replace dinged or missing hardware, touch up interior trim and make sure all light fixtures have working bulbs.
Limit wall decorations and include a couple of strategically placed mirrors to expand the space and reflect its best features. Use the rule of threes to create attractive, uncluttered groupings of display items. And add a few well-placed plants for that warm and welcoming feeling.
Without a doubt, prospective buyers will be visiting the garage! Be sure the floors are swept and plan to pack up and store any out of place toys, tools or project materials.
First impressions make all the difference in the world. Landscaping is one of your home’s best exterior assets, and can add to the property value. So take the time to keep your lawn well manicured and weed and add seasonal color to flower beds.
Give buyers a proper welcome to their future home. Touch up exterior trim, clean windows and polish the door hardware. Roll out a new doormat and add a few pots of colorful blooms on the front porch.