Home staging is often an overlooked factor, but a very important consideration when putting your home on the market-as the house should look its very best when presented for sale. Investing some time in home staging is certainly worth your time and energy, since it can ultimately result in a much quicker sale. Below are ten tips for sellers to consider when preparing their house for a sale.
Staging Tips for Sellers
1.Make a good first impression by adding curb appeal to your home: Get rid of weeds, mow the lawn, power wash the front walkway and put some potted flowers by the front door.
2.Never underestimate a clean house: vacuum, mop, clean the windows, get rid of scuffs on the walls, and baseboards. Get rid of any odors from animals, smoke, or food. Bottom line: clean it as though you have important house guests coming to visit.
3.Neutralize! Paint the walls a neutral color and replace any non-neutral carpet with something less busy. Open the blinds, check every room and make sure there’s enough natural light throughout the house. (Also make sure to replace any light bulbs that need to be replaced).
4.De-clutter and depersonalize: Home shoppers are there because they want to see your house, not all your stuff. Get rid of clutter and put the personal items away (i.e. picture frames, collectables), this will allow the buyers to easily imagine themselves living in the home.
5.Consider getting rid of outdated or worn out furniture. Consider consulting with a professional staging professional to help rearrange furniture or provide rental furniture to create an inviting home with broad appeal to a large range of potential buyers.
6.Think about displaying new artwork. Perhaps invest in a couple of new pieces of art that will add a little bit of color to the walls or create a more contemporary feel to rooms.
7.Repair any items that need fixing! Repair squeaky doors, broken fixtures, and patch up any holes or damages to the walls. Make your home a high-maintenance zone.
8. Apply a fresh coat of paint throughout the house, especially the rooms that are dull looking or outdated. Choose a neutral paint color like beige or taupe for main living spaces and a neutral green or blue for bathrooms.
9.Don’t forget the floors- consider refinishing beaten up wood floors get rid of any worn out carpeting as well. At a minimum, buy an inexpensive area rug to disguise the look of old floors
10. Finishing touches: renew the look of old rooms by replacing the old fixtures with newer, more modern ones. Think about replacing light fixtures, door hardware, cabinet hardware in an outdated kitchen, and even light switches and outlets if they are outdated looking!
What do you think is the most important thing for sellers to consider when staging their home? Please share any tips and advice for sellers. Thank you!