Staging your home can help you get the results that you want! Staging is not about redecorating your entire home, but it is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements so that your home will appeal to more buyers. Your agent can help you find a professional stager, or give you a few tips on what buyers like to see, just ask! Here are 6 tips that help you stage your home, and get it sold!
In a controlled test, homes that were staged sold on average, in half the time of a home that had not been staged. –Real Estate Staging Association
This is the number one rule in staging. De-personalizing your home makes it easier for a buyer to picture themselves in the home. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms!
Almost any home will show better if there is less furniture in it. Some things you may want to do are:
Pare furnishings down to the bare essentials
Pack up all of your knickknacks
Make sure all surfaces are cleared off (e.g. kitchen&bathroom counters)
Rearrange Closets & Cabinets
Buyers always want to open the closets, the kitchen cabinets, and the even the bathroom cabinets! Making sure that they are clean and organized will make them seem bigger and more appealing to the buyer. The easiest way for you to do this is:
Organize pantry and cabinet contents
Reduce closet contents to half-full & organized
Neatly arrange clothing, shoes, and shelf items
Put medicines and all personal items out of sight
A staged home will sell for 17% more, on average, than a home that has not been staged. -U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Make the House Sparkle
From the top to the bottom, clean up the home. It makes a tremendous difference when being shown to potential buyers! Things that are easy to forget, or may not seem like a big deal, can be an easy fix, and get your home sold faster. A few ideas to get you started are:
Wash the windows inside and out
Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
Clean out the refrigerator
Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures
Clean dingy grout
Replace or remove worn out rugs
Hang up fresh towels in the bathroom and kitchen
Replace old shower curtains
Tune-Up Your Home
So far all the tips here have been things that you can do to improve your home with little to no money involved (other than cleaning supplies) that will increase in your
homes showing value. However, doing some minor repair work around your home will make a BIG difference, and they aren’t too hard to do!
Replace burnt out light bulbs
Replace cracked or broken flooring or counter tiles
Patch holes in the walls
Fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly
Consider painting the walls neutral colors
Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks if necessary
It is estimated that only 10% of home buyers can visualize a home’s potential. What this means is that 90% of people are not going to be able to look past small imperfections, dirt, or even clutter.
Create Curb Appeal
This step is a very important one. If the buyer’s won’t get out of the car because they don’t like the outside you will never get them in to experience all of the great work you have done so far! There are some simple steps you can take to bump-up your homes curb appeal quickly and easily.
Keep the sidewalks cleared
Mow the lawn and trim the hedges
Paint faded window trim
Plant or pot colorful flowers
Make sure visitors and clearly see your house number
If the home looks comfortable, but not too personal it means
you are almost finished!
Some last minute things to remember are:
Remove any personal item, such as drapes, that you want to keep. If the buyers see them hanging and like them, they may think that they come with the home.
Open drapes and blinds, and turn on lights to let lots of light into each room
Put out some fresh flowers, a small luxury people like to see
Make sure that your home smells fresh; you want to appeal to all of the senses!
Be sure to add a little decoration to your outdoor area, especially if you have a covered porch!