Your home is special and has a place in your heart – it says a lot to you.
What is it saying to potential buyers?
If you’re trying to sell your home, sometimes in a competitive market, you need a little edge. That’s where home staging comes in. The whole concept of home staging is to highlight the good in your home and hide the not so good. It is a process that will help potential buyers see themselves making their own memories in the house.
There are professional home stagers whose help you can recruit to make your home a beautiful clean slate to the buyer’s eye. Professional home stagers are just that – professional. This is what they do for a living, and they’re good at it. They know exactly what will be appealing to a buyer. They know to put away personal photos, knickknacks and any other clutter that may prevent buyers from envisioning themselves living in your home. They know the right colors for the right spaces and how to rearrange furniture in the most optimal way.
Are you a more do-it-yourself type? Or, maybe you’re trying to save money. You are buying a house, after all. Here are some tips for staging your own home:
- Start with the outside: When it comes to home buying, most buyers judge a book by its cover. Before they make an appointment to tour a house or decide to go to an open house, they will often drive by the house to take a peek. You can boost your curb appeal in a variety of ways, including repainting any banisters or shutters that need it, power washing the sidewalks or driveway, planting flowers or cutting down shrubs that have overgrown. Spruce it up to make it pretty and inviting.
- Deep clean: Cleaning is one of the easiest ways you can carry out a DIY home staging. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a sparkling clean home. Potential buyers don’t want to see dingy, stained or spotted carpets or countertops. Rent a carpet deep cleaner, say goodbye to any dust on baseboards or ceiling fan blades, put some elbow grease to those tiles and countertops and polish the wood. Not only will your home look amazing, but it will also smell fantastic and fresh – both inviting qualities.
- Minimalize: Potential home buyers want to see their things in your house. Tuck away appliances, personal photos, keys, shoes or coats, etc – any unnecessary clutter needs to go. Surfaces need to be clean and bare as this shows the buyer that the house has ample storage space. Fresh cut flowers or bowls of fruit for small pops of color placed strategically here and there are okay, though!
- Think neutral: As stated, small pops of color are great. However, the majority of the furniture, pillows, blankets, table cloths and curtains should stay neutral. This way, it’s easier for people to envision their own style. Stay with beige, browns, grays and whites with crisp, clean lines with minimal busy patterns, and you’ll be golden. Your style may be oranges and yellows with bursts of turquoise, but a potential buyer’s may not be.
Employ these tips into the staging of your home and watch it get snatched away from the market in a flash! Focus on settling into your new home sooner.