It goes without saying that if you put your home up for sale that you want it to sell as quickly as possible for the highest price. Staging can help you get top dollar and sell your home faster.
1- Sparkeling Clean
No one wants to move into a home, so they can clean up the previous owners mess. Sometimes hiring a professional cleaner to come in and make everything shine is worth the expense in the long run.
Nothing can be as distracting as someone else’s clutter… What exactly does it tell a potential buyer? Is there enough storage space? Are the closets too small to keep all their stuff in? Put away those knickknacks and clear off the countertops!
3- Neutral Colors
Not everyone loves a neon zebra print on the walls, floor or even the bed. It may be your daughters favorite pattern, but can be a big turn off to a buyer. It is hard for some people to imagine it different than it is right now!
4- Clear out the closet
Seriously, clean them out. How fast do you want to sell, remove EVERYTHING from the closets, and pick a few outfits and 1-2 pairs of shoes and put them back. Get a storage unit if necessary, but an empty closet is a clean and larger space! And open the doors, invite potential buyers to look inside and see how much storage you have.
5- Remove personal accents
Buyers want to envision themselves in their future home, not the current home owner. Sometimes it is difficult to get past the “huge” wedding picture above the fireplace. De-personalize and help potential buyers see themselves, not you, in that space.
6- Give awkward areas a purpose
A potential buyer may not necessarily use your “guest room” as a guest room, but it is important to show them that every part of your home is a useable space. Define those awkward areas with a purpose.
7- Don’t forget to stage outside
Whether it is a small area or a sprawling yard, make it inviting. Use a little bistro table to show how peaceful it can be to have breakfast outside.
8- Time to deodorize
No one wants to smell someone else’s pet, dinner, or feet. Open up the windows and air out your home before it is shown. But be sure not to go overboard. Over powerful scents from candles and air fresheners only point out that you may be trying to cover something up.
9- Mood Lighting
Natural light is a big seller in today’s market. Open the windows, and use supplemental lighting when needed. Think brighter is better in most spaces. Are you using a soft white bulb? Change it out for a bright or daylight bulb.
10- Curb Appeal
Power wash the siding and walks, wash the windows, and make sure the lawn & flower beds are looking good. Start & end with a good impression of your home.