Your “old” is your buyer’s “new.” By letting them see your home’s potential, they will better “see” themselves making it their own. Staging your home allows you to keep it personal while detaching yourself from your living space. You will show the well-maintained, tidy, and beautiful space that has served you well. A home that is appealing, decorated, and absent of clutter is a home that sells. This extra step will put your buyers dreams first from the moment they visit your open house. Here are some tips that will help you:
When you’ve lived somewhere long enough it’s difficult to see the flaws, such as “too much stuff.” Decluttering is one of the most important and most challenging steps when you stage your home. First, prioritize the areas to clean and work one room at a time. Box up what is not needed (it will save you time packing when you sell). Try to keep closets and pantries free from extras.
Put those cutesy family photos away for now. This allows buyers to see themselves in your home. Stow the toys (if you have little ones) and store your bathroom essentials out of sight. Always keep the laundry out of sight.
Update the Décor:
Out of date home décor will make your house look like it needs lots of work. A few cosmetic updates needn’t be costly but can go far in turning your potential buyer’s eye. Choosing the right colors, in the right spots, and you can make all the difference to a room.
Small Home Improvements:
Tweak the squeaks. Squeaky doors, chipped window panes, and loose door knobs that you’re used to stand out like a sore thumb to a potential buyer. It’s the little things, like replacing burned out light bulbs, putting a little WD40 on a hinge, tightening a towel bar, adding a bright flower arrangement will go far in a competitive housing market.
Once you’re happy with your staging efforts, it’s a great idea to do a deep cleaning. Everything including carpets, walls, windows, fan blades, curtains, and furniture, even the grout in tiled floors (this can absorb pet stains too) Taking the time to do this type of cleaning, will create a well-maintained home that potential buyers will be more interested in.
Keep It Staged:
Life will happen while your house is for sale. Naturally, it will be hard to keep the house staged by continued organizing, purging clutter, and regular cleaning. But keep it up. You’ll like the result. In most cases, the time and effort you take to stage your home means a faster home sale.
Boost Curb Appeal:
This is a great way to make the best first impression. Buyers thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first to decide whether to take a look inside. Reel them in with these tips:
- Power wash siding and walkways
- Hang easy-to-read house numbers
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
- Wash front windows
- Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed