Staging your house for sale is an ideal way to make potential buyers envision themselves living in the home. Thoughtful staging helps put your home in the spotlight, reduces the amount of time it’s on the market, and in some cases, will even give you the opportunity to ask a higher listing price.
Staging a house is time-consuming and also requires substantial effort, but can set you apart from other sellers as well as giving you an advantage that un-staged homes do not have.
The first thing potential buyers will see as they arrive at your house for sale is the outside. Littered, unmoved lawns could cause prospects to pass your property over completely. Cut the grass. Trim any bushes or hedges. Ensure your yard is free of any items that are not enhancing your home’s appearance.
Give your patio furniture a good scrub, or replace it with updated seating arrangements. Make sure that your house number is clearly displayed and that there’s no chipped paint that needs touched up. If you have time, plant flowers around the edge of the house or walkway.
Update Your Space
Look around your property. Are there fixtures that need polished, repaired, or replaced? Has the light bulb in the hall closet been burnt out since last October?
Taking the time to touch up the minor details of your home can add an extra zing when buyers come to view your real estate. Try swapping your light bulbs out for higher wattage, clear bulbs. The crisp light will add a welcome ambiance and showcase the room’s size and features.
Clean your windows on the inside and out, dust the blinds, and wash the curtains. Leave the curtains drawn and the blinds up to maximize as much natural light as possible.
Replace or rejuvenate worn down lamp shades with updated elements in neutral colors. Take time to touch paint. If necessary, re-paint rooms that aren’t soft, light colors. Your red accent wall may perfectly reflect your personality, but house-hunters may not feel the same way.
Dress your walls in earth tone colors that complement the furnishings in the room.
Open Your Floor Plan
Creating a spacious feeling could prove difficult if you’re still residing in the house. However, it can be done!
Thinning down your furniture to the bare minimum will allow a room
Then, anchor the room with an area rug. Even if the room is fully carpeted, an accent area rug can play a key role in creating a space that is open, yet cozy enough for conversation.
Using mirrors on walls across from lighting sources can help reflect light back into the room, giving the impression that the room is larger than it really is.
Additionally, taking the leaf out of a dining room table can allow for more room in the dining area. Spacious rooms are more appealing to potential buyers.
Make the Most of the Space You Have
Is your floor plan unconventional? Do you have an odd nook or cranny that you’re unsure what to do with? Adding shelving in an odd space, like under the stairs, will maximize the storage.
Putting a desk in a corner that is rarely used will make a homework station for students. Place oversized pillows and a lamp into an oddly shaped area to create a reading nook for those rainy days inside.
Remove Personalization and De-Clutter
The adorable kitten knick-knacks you found at a garage sale, the shot glass
collection from your vacations, various framed photos of family and friends are all nice additions to your home. However, to a potential buyer, they cause a distraction.
Remove the clutter and personalization from your home and put personal items in storage while you are staging. Do not risk putting them in a closet, attic, or basement as people touring your house for sale will probably view these areas, too.
After removing any personal effects, give your house a good once over. Scrubbing the surfaces and cleaning the windows will show that you have taken good care of your home and increase the chances of a buyer making an offer.
You want your final product to have an approachable “people live here” feel, without it actually looking like anyone lives there.
Immersion Is Key
It’s hard to imagine yourself living in a place that is completely bare. Try not to leave any rooms in your house un-staged. By renting, borrowing, or using furniture you already have, you can turn the empty room into a guest room, a nursery, a craft room, or an office.
If staging your entire home is not doable because of time or budget constraints, focus on the key living areas.
The living room should be your main priority, as that is where your buyers will, more often than not, spend most of their viewing time.
Following the living room are the kitchen and finally the master bedroom. Extra rooms should be the last priority.
Little Extras Go A Long Way
Minor details can make your home pop. By using visually appealing grouped designs, such as wall art or accent pieces displayed in groupings of odd numbers, you can draw the buyer’s eye to the center focus and create a symmetrical room.
Designers and stagers who have been in the business for years can attest to working in groups of three, five, or seven.
Take out the fine china and set the table, complete with placemats. The visual representation of a candlelight supper or holiday party can create a cozy feeling for your buyer.
Add a tasteful centerpiece that is proportionate to the amount of room on
the table. Anything too big will be overcrowded, but too small will be understated. Find a nice middle ground.
Sweep off your walkway and put out a welcome mat. Add some potted plants around your door. Take fresh cut flowers and put them in a vase on the end table. Leave a bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter. Update your fixtures so they are uniform and give them a good polish.
The task of staging your home for sale may seem overwhelming or daunting, but when considering the boost to the list time and sales price, it’s worth every bit of time and energy to dress your property to sell quickly for top dollar.