5 Easy Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast
So you’ve made the decision to sell your home and you’re getting your house prepared for the next buyer who will become the new owner. Follow along with these easy staging tips to get your place ready to sell.
My general rule of thumb is to make your home look as much like a model home as possible. Your buyers should walk out and say, “Is this house staged or does somebody really live here.” Now that might be a little extreme but it is the standard to work towards.
1 CLEAR THE CLUTTER
I know that almost all Americans have too much stuff. There is even a $38 billion dollar storage business to hold all of our extra stuff! But it definitely doesn’t belong in your home when you’re ready to sell.
Start by eliminating most of your books, nik naks, statues, and photos from shelves around the place. Nobody loves your collection of Hummels as much as you do! My rule is if it can be knocked over and broken, remove it.
Eliminate extra furniture which will make each room look spacious. Clear the counters in your kitchen and bathroom by removing and packing anything you won’t use in the next 14 days.
Consider clearing your closets of most of the clothes and shoes. Pack up the out-of season jackets and boots and neatly line up the shoes that remain. It will look neat when the door is opened and will reflect a well organized home owner
Because many people, me included, have a hard time visualizing their stuff in your house, make it easy for them to go through this process by minimizing distractions from your personal items. Remove the family photos that cover every wall and surface in your house. Nobody wants to see grandma watching over you as you walk through the place. And you don’t want buyers forming opinions about your family while looking at your photos. This might also include removing things like sports memorabilia, religious symbols, musical instruments and extra toys if you have children around.
3 CLEAN AND DEODORIZE
You obviously want to clean your house to a Tee. If you hate the thought of a deep cleaning, hire a housecleaning service. They will clean floors, walls, baseboards, ceiling fans, vents and windows. YES...windows. Nothing looks better than crystal clear windows, especially if you have a view. Painting a dreary wall will also improve the buyers perception.
Pet odors are another big item. Do whatever it takes to eliminate smells from your home. Freshen doggie beds and keep the litter box spotless! Fabreze is your friend.
4 GIVE EACH ROOM A PURPOSE
Buyers will be confused if you give them mixed signals about a room. Is this an office, music studio or nursery? Remove any items that give the buyer a reason to question the purpose of a space. Got a pool table in the living room area? No problem. Just make sure there isn’t a sofa and coffee table sharing the same space. Once again, look to model homes to see how they do it.
5 ENHANCE CURB APPEAL
Make a great first impression when a buyer approaches your home. Keep the lawn and shrubbery trimmed and neat. Keep the flower beds clean and full of color. Power wash concrete surfaces to remove sidewalk stains and driveway oil spots. Add new address numbers to the building. This one really works!
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