One mistake that some sellers make is failing to stage their home before showings. While you may have grown accustomed to the way your house looks with your décor and sense of style, you want to make sure that your home appeals to a broad range of potential buyers. One way to do this is to stage your home. Staging your home to sell doesn’t have to be costly. Let’s look at some tips to get you started.
🏡 How do I build curb appeal?
You’ll get one chance to make a first impression. Unfortunately, many sellers don’t take into account that a first impression often occurs before the potential buyer enters the driveway. If your home doesn’t look appealing from the outside, many buyers won’t think it’s worth their time to look inside. What you want is for the outside to make them excited to check out what’s happening on the inside of your house.
Start by making sure your lawn is well maintained and free of debris. Take a walk around the property and make a list of things that need your attention. Fill in any holes that may cause a buyer to stumble when touring the property. Put away riding toys and tools. While some décor may be appreciated, take care not to overwhelm buyers with too much happening on the lawn. Consider painting the door a bright and inviting color. Place a lush plant or colorful flowers by the entrance. Place any outdoor furniture in conversational settings.
💢 Is it true that kitchens sell homes?
We’ve all heard that kitchens sell homes. Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house when it comes to wish list items for potential home buyers. If your appliances are outdated, it may be worth the money to upgrade. Check with your real estate agent to see if upgrading will increase value and appeal. Aside from a thorough cleaning that covers everything from above the cabinets to between appliances and other surfaces, be sure to organize cabinets and the pantry. Keep things as neutral as possible when it comes to theme décor. While you may love the rooster collection you’ve spent years building, a potential home buyer may get turned off by that theme.
Make sure that your kitchen table fits the space correctly. If the one you have is too large, consider using a smaller table with an accent rug to highlight the space in the room. You want the kitchen to be well lit, smell clean, and look inviting. Your goal is for the buyer to see themselves spending time in that kitchen.
🛁 How can I stage the bathroom?
Bathrooms can be tricky when it comes to staging if you try to overdo things. When it comes to bathrooms, simple is the key. Of course, you want everything clean and in working order. Consider replacing the shower curtain, rugs, and hand towels. Remember, neutral colors are best with a pop of accent color.
Remove large hampers and trash cans from the room. These items can create an unpleasant smell and make the space look smaller. Clean off your counters and remove all personal care products. Keep in mind that buyers will be checking medicine cabinets, drawers, and closets. Remove personal items from these spaces and have them in a secure place elsewhere. Having a fresh bottle of hand soap and a small vase of flowers can be all you need to create a simply staged bathroom.
📰 What about staging living rooms?
People spent a great deal of time in living rooms. You want the buyer to see themselves and their loved ones enjoying the space. Remove all personal collections, photographs, and anything that may be controversial.
Remove oversized furniture that makes the room seem smaller. Place living room furniture away from walls to maximize the space. Highlight the windows by making sure they are clean and bright. Shelves don’t have to be full of books and décor. A few special pieces that add to the atmosphere of the room can make a bigger impact.
💡 How do I keep things show ready?
Having a solid plan for keeping things show ready is a key to success when it comes to open houses and private showings. Doing small things along the way, like washing dishes as they are used or hanging up coats when you enter the house, can go a long way in keeping things neat. If you have small children, make a game out of a timed clean up. Do test runs to make sure the game is timed well enough to clean up toys if an expected buyer is on the way.