Top 10 Home Staging Tips
When selling your home you want to create an atmosphere that any potential buyer can envision themselves in. They should be able to picture a happy daily life, as well as fun, festive gatherings in their new home. You want to create a lifestyle appealing to the area, but take the YOU out of it. Sounds like a huge task! How can this be accomplished inexpensively? Staging.
Get rid of clutter
Clean as you never have before! Everything from the floors to cabinets, to windows, to ceilings and everything in between should sparkle. You want people to see the architecture of the house, and not be distracted by all your things. Clear off window sills and make sure all walkways and doorways are easily navigable. Your house should appear ready for a new occupant.
Create cozy furniture groupings
Symmetry is key. Think about what would make you want to hang out when you visit a new place. Your rooms should feel warm and welcoming. Remove any pieces that make the space feel over-crowded and stuffy. Potential buyers need to envision not only themselves in the space, but also that their furniture would fit.
Turn on lights
Proper lighting can make any space feel bigger and more inviting. Dark corners can look dirty, even if they are pristine. Make sure every inch is well lit, bright and cheery.
Freshen up cabinets
Old, worn out cabinets can be a turn-off, but also expensive to replace. Instead of doing a complete re-haul, try refinishing the doors and updating the hardware. It will feel like a brand new kitchen!
Creatively display your art
Replace personal photos with framed artwork. Buyers should easily imagine themselves living in your place. Don’t hang them in a straight line as if in a museum or gallery. Instead, try varying the groupings to better show off your space.
Time to de-grime! Clean like your mother in law is coming over. Sanitize the floor, walls, shower doors till they shine. Scrub titles and tub and re-grout/re-caulk if necessary. Create a spa feeling with white accessories. Add fluffy white towels, shower curtain and bath mat. Decorate with fancy candles, soap dispenser and baskets. Get rid of all personal products cluttering up the shower and counters and organize medicine cabinets. You know people will look!
Utilize your outdoor environment
If you live in a rural area with beautiful wildflowers, bring a few bunches inside to display in rustic vases throughout your home.
Neutralize, depersonalize, universalize
Your master bedroom is not the place for frilly lace pillows or hanging your favorite team jerseys. It should convey relaxing serenity. Choose light colors for an inviting, airy feeling. Clear off night stands and dresser tops. Although you may want to showcase your personal style, remember the goal is to sell the house, not your design skills.
One of the most off-putting things when walking into a home is an unwelcome odor, especially pet odor. If you live with pets, you may be immune to something that would make potential buyers run out the door. Go above and beyond when deodorizing, get your carpets and rugs steam cleaned, and get an honest outside opinion from a friend as to whether any offensive smell is eradicated.
Maximize curb appeal
Your exterior is just as important as the interior and sets the first impression for potential buyers.
-Pressure clean the porches, walls and gutters
-Mow and weed the lawn
-Use mulch to prettify any bare spots
-Plant beautiful flowers for pops of color
-Stain your porch and make sure railings and stairs are in good condition. You don’t want anyone tripping or falling when visiting your home.
Home staging may not seem that important, but when you’re trying to sell your house, even the tiniest detail can make a difference!