Are you ready to sell your home, but not sure how to get it ready? Staging your home is making the smart decisions!
No matter how hot the real estate market is, every seller gets a little nervous before officially putting their home on the market. If you want your property to generate a lot of interest, this means that staging your home is critical.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I have great taste! My home is in pristine condition and decorated fabulously.” Of course, you love your beautiful home. But just because it’s stylish doesn’t mean it’s staged for sale. I know you love your beautiful LLadro collection and your designer furniture along with your art collection, buyers could care less about curated collections and more about seeing clean, strategically furnished rooms where they can gain inspiration and imagine their future. That’s the art of home staging.
According to the National Association of Realtors:
· 31% of current buyers increased their offer by 1% to 5% because the home was beautifully staged.
· 77% of buyers were more able to envision themselves moving into a staged home.
· 40% were more interested in visiting a staged online listing.
Staging is beneficial for homes of all sizes and price ranges because it affects not just the in-person showings but the photographs. People want to browse online pictures before scheduling a visit. Here are some staging tips for selling your home – potentially more quickly and for a higher price:
1. REMOVE THE CLUTTER
The number one rule of home staging, decluttering involves clearing unnecessary furniture and items to make your home appear more spacious and functional. The goal is for every room to look like it has a purpose.
Don’t be overwhelmed at the thought of clearing out and organizing every inch of your home. It helps to start small and have a simple declutter plan. Don’t stuff things in closets or cabinets either, as they may be viewed by potential buyers.
Wondering where to store these home items? Rent a portable container that can be delivered to your property, and then stored at a secure storage center. This is a great way to hang onto your things while getting your home in selling mode. You can keep the container for as long as you’d like – for those of you who want to take your time. Then when you’re ready, it can be delivered to your new home, whether that’s just across town or in another state. This helps to make staging and moving very simple.
2. BECOME MR. (OR MS.) CLEAN
Cleaning is an important part of the home staging process. A messy home makes a poor first impression. Even in a seller’s market, you’ll likely have at least a few home showings, but who wants to do a deep cleansing every time you have showing? No one, so do a major cleaning when you first list the house, and then clean periodically as needed. To keep things well maintained, here are four easy things to do daily while your house in on the market:
· Mop and vacuum the floors
· Wipe down surfaces
· Clean the toilets
· Make the beds
I’d recommend having a fresh clean scent in your home. Try a softly scented candle or diffuser.
3. GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT
While staging every room in your home would be ideal, that may not be possible due to time or other constraints. If that’s the case, focus on these four rooms:
· Living room: Show potential buyers that their families will be comfortable, but not cramped. This means removing some of that furniture.
· Master bedroom: Make the bed look warm, inviting and nicely decorated. Remove some of those pillows and items on the side tables, so it’s clean and crisp.
· Kitchen: Have clear countertops with few appliances. A fresh bowl of fruit or open cookbook is a nice touch.
· Dining room: Make sure your table and seating are the right size for the room to avoid it looking cramped. Add some simple place settings for a decorative touch.
4. GIVE YOUR ROOMS SOME SPACE
There are some cheap and simple ways when staging a small room and make it look bigger instantly – or at least pretty quickly.
· Hang long drapes on windows
· Put a thin standing lamp or tall plant in an empty corner
· Pull furniture away from the walls in living areas
· Use lamps to add light to dark areas
Mirrors are also a great way for creating the illusion of space. If you’re looking for strategic places to hang them when staging a room with mirror, try over fireplaces, sofas, or consoles, or across from windows.
5. DON’T MAKE IT PERSONAL
Buyers want to see potential in a house – they’re looking for a place they can turn into their home. That’s tough to do if they’re looking at a bunch of personal items from the current owner. The staging tip for this is to help spark their imagination by removing your family photos and mementos. Don’t forget to put away your grooming items.
6. BE NEUTRAL
Give your home a quick makeover by painting the rooms light, neutral colors. It is one of the trends when it comes to home staging. If you’re tight on time, opt for touch-ups only – like the trim, built-in shelving, or other small accents.
Neutral colors aren’t for paint only. A few white towels hanging in the bathroom, cream-colored bed linens, and other light home accessories go a long way when staging your home for sale.
7. PUT AWAY THE ELECTRONICS
While a few TVs are fine, you don’t want to show a house crammed with too many electronics. When staging your home to create a clean aesthetic, remove extra TVs, gaming consoles, laptops, charging stations, electronic personal assistants, and other home gadgets that may clutter your space. These items can be distracting for potential buyers thus making staging ineffective.
8. TURN TO THE PROFESSIONALS
You may be a good organizer or decorator, but mastering home staging is a tough skill to acquire. To make sure the job is done right, consider hiring a professional home staging company. These designers know what it takes to sell a home and can accentuate your home’s best features. Depending on the size of your home, home staging services typically cost from $523 to $2,000, with the national average at $1,260, according to HomeAdvisor.
Bear in mind that staging a home is no simple task, but the benefits usually far outweigh the time, effort, and expense.
Staging is an important step when deciding to sell your home. The most impressive asset of your home should be highlighted so it appeals to the most potential buyers who will pay the highest possible price. Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend a lot of time and money in doing this because even the small changes you can do can make a big difference. The most important part is that buyers should see your home at its best. Help buyers fall in love with your property with these home staging tips! Hope this was helpful!