When you’re selling your home, you want to make it look the absolute best for potential buyers that browse your house. Staging is an integral part of this process because it decorates your home in a way that highlights its most impressive assets. If you’re putting your house on the market, consider using these staging tips to help it sell faster.
Stage in Key Locations
While staging is essential in every room of the home, you should focus your efforts on locations that will hold more weight to the buyer. The living room, kitchen, and master bedroom are places the potential buyer will spend most of their time and will influence their decisions more than a second bedroom or bathroom.
Depersonalize Entire Home
Buyers want to visualize what it would be like to live in this new place, but leaving your family photos or anything on the fridge could ruin that fantasy for them. All rooms should act as a blank canvas for the buyer to place themselves in, so even artwork that holds zero personal value may affect that as well.
While you should devoid your space of personal touches (including religious artifacts), you can still place fruit or pre-made flower arrangements around the house to help it feel lived-in or “homely.”
Clean Expertly and Remove Clutter
When you’re putting your home on the market, every square inch needs to shine from the corners of the ceiling to the baseboards. Keeping the space clean tells homebuyers that you took good care of the property. Don’t forget about areas that aren’t in plain sight, like under the cupboards or in the fridge, because potential buyers will always look.
To make the home look even cleaner, take as much out of the space as possible and place them in storage. Remove winter clothing from hall closets, any decoration that isn’t minimalist, video games, papers, and anything you won’t need daily. The more you remove, the bigger your house will look and the more appealing it will be to on-lookers.
Focus on the Lawn and Front
There isn’t a second chance at a first impression, so ensure that the front of the house is clean and the lawn is cut. Remove seasonal decorations that could date the house and power wash the driveway or garage door if you have them. Add a few touches to make the place feel warm, like potted plants. Homebuyers may leave the premises before entering the home if it looks chaotic or dirty.
Let There be Light
One of the ways your home can look dirty, small, or unappealing is by turning the lights off or keeping the blinds closed. You want to dress your home up as if the sun is shining every second of the day, so let more light in by either removing curtains or tying them off to the side. If you’re showing at night, turn the lights on, including ones inside the closet. Your home will feel warm, welcoming, and happy to buyers.
We all have different tastes when looking for a home, but neutral will offend the least amount of people. White walls are easier to paint, but anything that’s bright or dark could completely change the look of the room. What was once a large room may look tiny, or the buyer may stress over how much money they need to spend to paint over a color they hate. Keep the home in grey, white, and taupe, and use neutral beddings and furniture to complete the look.