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Home staging is all about showing your home in its best possible light. 95% of house buyers buy on emotion, as such, home staging can offer valuable insights on what it will take to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home. Here are 7 key tips for staging a house to sell!
#1 - Don’t Make Potential Buyers Feel Like a Visitor in Your Home
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your home, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Remove items such as family photos, both framed on walls and surfaces and anything that is hanging on your fridge, memorabilia collections, personal keepsakes, books and anything overtly religious.Keep clothes stored away and out of sight, and clear bathroom counters and showers of personal items and toiletries. While you want your home to still be warm and inviting, it should be devoid of personal touches that suggest this home belongs to the seller, not the buyer. This helpspotential buyers better connect with the property and focus on your house without any distraction from your personal possessions.
#2- Storage – A Big Selling Point for Buyers
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Thinking of listing your home? Now is the time to go through your stuff and either donate, give away, or throw out anything you don’t love or need. Pack up un-seasonal clothes, there is no need to crowd your closets with winter clothes and boots in the summer months. In the kitchen, throw away expired food and spices, give away or sell any small appliances, cookware or dishes you do not use. In the bathroom, toss expired makeup and other toiletries that you no longer use. Buyers will be opening your closets, cabinets, and vanities to look at their storage potential, so take a third to half of the items out of your closets and cabinets, then neatly organize what is remaining. The less of your stuff potential buyers see, the bigger your storage spaces will look. Bonus!! Decluttering now will reduce the amount of stuff you have to pack when it’s time to move.
#3When Your Done Cleaning, Clean Some More!
This seems obvious, and yet I have walked through many homes that appear to have missed the memo. Spring cleaning has nothing on the cleaning you should do when you’re putting your home on the market. Areas often forgottenor neglected, the inside of your appliances, curtains and window blinds, baseboards, vents and light fixtures. Take special care with the bathroom and kitchen, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.Professional grout cleaning may be necessary. You want every inch of your home to shine. A clean home suggests to buyers that the current owners took good care of the property.
#4 - Go Neutral
Bright colors on walls can be a major turn-off for buyers. When you’re staging your home to sell, one of the very best things you can do is paint over any bold colors as these can distract from a room’s assets. Choose a neutral color scheme, like gray, white, and beige which are visually appealing to a wide audience. The neutral palette gives the buyer flexibility to change what they want as opposed to having to paint over a color they didn’t like. This staging tip is a bit more time and cost intensive, but it can make a huge difference when it comes to your sale price and time on the market.
# 5 - Bring in the Light
Most homeowners don’t use enough lighting when they’re trying to sell their home. Buyers love light and airy living rooms, dark and dingy isn't on their list. Using the rule of three can make your house seem more inviting, meaning you should have three different sources of light in each room. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house. Brighten darker rooms, bringing in extra floor or table lamps is an easy (and temporary) way to add light. You might also consider simply swapping bulbs for higher wattage to each fixture’s recommended maximum. Consider updating old fixtures, installing new lighting fixtures is one of the most cost effective facelifts you can give your home. Mirrors add extra light and make rooms feel larger. Hang mirrors opposite windows to reflect the outdoors. Lastly, arrange the space with lightly colored furniture, and you'll have a room that brightens your chances of a sale.
#6- Remove Your Furry Friends
Not everybody is a dogor catlover. Buyers don’t want to walk into your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or see tufts of pet hair on the furniture. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. As well potential buyers may be highly allergic to your furry friends. Remove your pets during showings, hide anything related to their maintenance, bowls, toys, beds, etc. and ensure you pick-up any waste from the yard.
#7 - Replace Dated Furnishings
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and get rid of extra pieces. Consider consulting with a professional staging company such as Birch + Co Home Staging &ReDesign for direction and advice on rental furnishings to create an inviting home with broad appeal to a wide range of buyers.
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