To Stage or Not To Stage?
Have you seen those oh-so-perfect pictures of homes for sale? Where the kitchen is just sparkling head to toe? Where the furniture is just laid out so perfectly that it makes you want to rearrange your whole house? Well, 9/10 times that house is staged. Staged? Yes, home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets. Home staging helps potential buyers imagine themselves living there, and if its done right, you should have no problem selling your house quickly.
Here are some staging tips to help you highlight your homes best features:
· Stage where it counts: Focus on the rooms with the biggest potential. Forget about the walk-in closet in the smallest bedroom, and put your efforts into the living room with the cozy fireplace.
· De-personalize the space: Remove all personal decorations you have up that you know potential buyers won’t necessarily relate to. Family pictures, religious and political signs are just a few examples of décor that can hinder buyers from visualizing the space as their own.
· Get rid of clutter: Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells. When a buyer is walking through a home, they want to see big, open areas. Limit everything down to just the basics to ensure there’s no unnecessary clutter laying around.
· Patch and repair: So, there’s a tiny whole here from where you hung that one picture, and another in the bathroom from when your toddler slammed the door a little do hard against the wall. Time to patch it up and make it good as new. Patching holes, painting walls, repairing broken appliances all show that effort is being put into maintaining the property, and that will absolutely help convince potential buyers that the home is the right one for them
· Clean like you’ve never cleaned before: Shiny floors, clean windows, web-free ceilings, spotless countertops. Sounds like a dream, right? A dream that will help sell your home within days. Cleanliness plays a big role in selling a home, and we’re not saying it needs to be perfect, but as close as perfect as you can get it definitely won’t hurt.
· Make a good first impression: Just ask yourself, what is the first thing people will see when they enter my home? The front entry of course. This is your time to shine, and nothing is better than making a good first impression with a clean, welcoming entryway.
· Light it up: We live by the saying “Dark rooms mean sad rooms”. You want the home to lift people’s spirits and make them feel refreshed as they near the end, not dread looking at the next, gloomy room. Open the blinds, turn on all the lights, let the light in and see the difference it makes it pictures and in person!
· Rearrange furniture: We know what you’re thinking: but I like the way I have everything set up now. A space should be as open and walkable as possible. If you know the couch takes up 90% of the living room, that makes the living room unwalkable, which makes the space look smaller and could turn potential buyers away. Take your time to imagine the most effective way to rearrange your furniture tom make sure the space is as open and walkable as possible.
So here we are again, asking ourselves: to stage or not to stage? We might be a bit biased, but we definitely think that staging is the golden key to leaving a good impression on buyers and ensuring a quick sale of the home.