A common question Realtors® often get asked is, “Do I need to stage my house before it goes on the market?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is absolutely yes.
Home staging is the process of decluttering and decorating your home so that it’s most impressive assets are highlighted. Custom pendant lighting above the kitchen island? Fabulous! Reclaimed wood mantel? Show it off!
Staging helps buyers visualize themselves at home – in your home, which is important now more than ever.
According to the NAR Profile of Home Staging, eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home, and one-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between one and five percent, compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged.
If your home is crammed with clutter, has too much furniture or features loud paint colors, you can kiss the chance of buyers falling in love with your home goodbye.
Here are six simple staging tips to get your home show-ready and distinguish it from the competition.
We get it, clutter happens. But since clutter can distract buyers from the home features you really want them to notice, keep unnecessary messes at bay while your home is on the market.
A great place to start is with the basics. Remove personal items such as family photos, children’s artwork and sentimental chachkies to enhance your home visually and make the space look bigger.
Before you throw your personal items in a closet, remember that you’ll want to show off your storage spaces, too. Consider renting an off-site storage unit to house your personal belongings when selling your home.
Bottom line: clutter takes up space and space sells, so show it off!
2. Give every room a purpose
What started with a junk drawer, morphed into a junk closet and now a junk room. When selling your home, this room has to go, as buyers will be distracted by a room that appears to have no function other than to collect junk.
Remember when we said it’s all about visualization? Buyers need to see that every room is functional and has a purpose. With a little imagination, you can transform a junk room into any of these trendy flex rooms:
- Home office
- Play room
- Home gym / meditation room
- Craft room
- Entertainment / movie room
3. Deep clean
The biggest bang for your buck when it comes to staging your home is to do a deep clean. Nothing makes a space look better, faster than tackling everything from the baseboards and tile grout to fan blades and drapery.
Leave no surface untouched during this phase of staging. If you have pets, ask your most honest friend over to tell you if and where you need to deodorize pet smells.
4. Create inviting living spaces
Many homeowners are inclined to push furniture up against the wall in an effort to create more living space. Contrary to popular belief, this actually makes your space look smaller. Gasp!
Pull furniture away from the wall to outline clear traffic patterns and create inviting conversation spaces.
5. Accessorize modestly
In the world of home accessorizing, less is more. And less is even more when you’re staging your home to sell.
When you want to clump accessories together, use an odd number of objects. Three is a great number. Vary accessories by shape and size and make sure each grouping has a unifying theme such a color or texture.
6. Curb appeal
Last but certainly not least is less about what’s inside your house and more about what buyers see when they drive up. First impressions are everything, right? If the exterior of your home doesn’t reflect the interior, some buyers may not bother going inside.
Simple tweaks like weeding flower beds, mowing the grass, pressure washing walkways and siding, adding seasonal potted flowers and colorful outdoor furniture cushions can make the biggest difference.
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