Selling your home can be a long and stressful process. The longer a home stays on the market, it becomes more likely for a seller to lower their asking price in order to sell. However, homes that are staged are much more likely to sell quickly, and for their asking price. If you're interested in beginning to stage your home, here are a few quick tips to get you started!
1. Make it Spacious
Maximizing the space of the rooms in your home can help prospective buyers see their potential future in each section of your house. Although it may seem difficult to find any room to spare, a few simple tricks can go a long way to expand your current space. By removing any extra furniture (like end tables and chairs), any heavy drapery or valance stands, and any inessential items like children's toys, memorabilia like photos, or highly stylized decor, one can make incredible progress towards broadening their space while also removing personal elements that may distract buyers from what they should be focused on, the home. Getting rid of unnecessary drapes can also provide the added benefit of allowing light into rooms, further adding to the appearance of additional space.
2. Make Sure the Home is Clean
A clean and organized house is far more likely to be positively received by home buyers than a messy one. Although it may seem obvious to some, many people either only partially clean and declutter the main sections of their home, or don't emphasize cleaning out the space at all. After removing and/or organizing all visible items, including food items, papers, and toiletries, it is essential to deeply clean your entire home with a particular attention to detail. This includes cleaning and organizing refrigerators, pantries, and cabinets in your kitchen, sports equipment and tools in your garage, and papers and book cases in your home office. It also may be worth hiring a trusted professional cleaning service and home organizer in order to really make every corner of your home spotless.
3. Freshen up the Paint
Cracked or faded paint can seriously detract from the look of even the cleanest and most open rooms. Luckily, this is something that can be easily solved with a fresh coat. You can either repaint your rooms yourself, or hire professional painters. Either way, simply repainting the walls can make any room look more appealing. One thing is key however, and that's choice of color and shade. If you're staging your home to sell, it is essential to paint rooms with a neutral color that doesn't overpower or over personalize the space. Colors like whites, grays or greiges are always your best option to achieve this. In general, you can never go wrong with simple, understated, and neutral shades when staging your home to sell.
4. Enhance Your Curb Appeal
First impressions are always important, and inevitably, the first impression prospective buyers will have of your home will be of its exterior. If the outside of your home looks dingy or unkempt, it can hurt how people view the inside, even if its spacious and spotless. In most cases this can be solved through simple measures like power washing your home's exterior surfaces, and properly maintaining any lawn space. Power washing is a great and simple way to make your home's exterior shine again, and landscaping can make buyers feel welcome before they even walk through the door.