When you’re preparing to sell your home, staging is a critical element in getting the house ready for potential buyers to see. You can apply the elbow grease yourself, or you can outsource the task to a professional staging company or independent contractor experienced with staging homes for sale.
The first part of staging a house is to look at your house from a distance. Go across the street and take in the sight as if it were the first time you see the property. How does it look? Curb appeal is a major selling factor in real estate. The way a house looks upon first glance could make or break the deal. Power wash the exterior. Replace torn screens. Mow the lawn. Trim the bushes. Remove lawn ornaments, toys, and debris. Pull the weeds. Plant some flowers. Your goal is for potential buyers to say, “Oh, how cute!” Charm them with curb appeal.
With the outside prepped and primed for success, it’s time to move to the interior phase.
Declutter. Go through every single possession you have and determine if you need it now, need it later, or don’t need it at all. If you need it now, organize it neatly in an appropriate place. If you need it later, pack it up so it’s out of sight and ready for your move. If you don’t need it, either have a yard sale or donate.
Depersonalize. Remove any items from the home that are personal such as photographs, drawings, collectible items, anything that reflects religion or politics, or other items that make potential buyers feel like they’re encroaching on your space or influenced by your taste.
Check the furniture
Check the furniture. You might not be ready to move yet, but you can get a head start and aid your cause by removing any large pieces of furniture such as china cabinets or hutches, over-stuffed chairs, desks, or other pieces that may take up more than their fair share of room. Big, bulky furniture can make rooms look smaller than rooms with fewer furnishings.
Clean. No, don’t just clean – scrub the heck out of everything. Baseboards, ceiling vents, walls, shampoo the carpets. Cleanliness sells. A dirty environment can not only be a turn off to potential buyers because of its visual effects but can make buyers feel like the house hasn’t been well maintained. Remember, even if you’ve chosen to stage the house yourself, you can still outsource some or all of the cleaning.
Kitchen & Bathrooms
Pay attention to the kitchen and the bathrooms as these rooms tend to draw the most attention from potential buyers.
If it can’t be cleaned, replace it, paint it, or otherwise improve it. Carpets are a big deal, so if shampooing them didn’t do the trick, consider investing in new carpet. Paint the walls in soft, warm, neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint works wonders! If doors squeak, oil them. If doorknobs stick, replace them. You can also replace things like cabinet handles and drawer pulls to add a fresh and modern feel to the space.
Curtains should be properly installed from ceiling to floor and should be opened during showings to allow in the most natural light as possible.
When the house is being shown, consider adding fresh baked cookies, muffins, or other goodies on the counter. Not only do these treats add an element of warm welcome, but they also flavor the air with a delicious aroma. If you don’t want bake, don’t know how, or don’t have the time, you can use scented candles instead.
Life plants, fresh flowers, and bowls of fruit are also nice touches that can make a house feel lived in. They add vibrant pops of color and livelihood to the rooms of your home.
Once the staging is done, do your best to maintain the environment until the home is sold. Make the beds. Do the dishes. Don’t allow paperwork to pile up.
Staging your house isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Move systematically throughout each room of your house and look at everything with fresh eyes. Imagine yourself as a possible buyer seeing your home for the first time. Give the buyers what they want – a clean, charming home that is move-in ready.
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