10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold
Ready to sell your house? Here are a few staging tips to make sure you're presenting your home in the best way possible.
1. SAY BYE TO CLUTTER
The best thing you can do before selling your home is to get rid of all of your clutter. One of the biggest causes of a cluttered home is too much furniture. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It may be worth renting a storage unit while your house is on the market.
2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS
It's a common misconception that pushing furniture up against walls will make rooms look bigger. Instead, float your furniture away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy, conversational groupings. Be sure furniture is placed to show the intended traffic flow of a room. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger.
3. TRANSFORM ROOMS
If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it's important to transform the room into something that is functional. See tip #1!
4. HOME LIGHTING
Great lighting can make a home warm and inviting. If you have a room that seems dark and the fixtures allow a wattage increase, aim for 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents).
5. GO NEUTRAL
A quick way to transform a space is a fresh coat of paint. Look into neutral grey and beige colors - they appeal to the most buyers. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls or to help enhance structural features.
6. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER
If you want to make a room appear larger, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one.
7. USE YOUR GARDEN
Staged homes often have fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. You can get this same effect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY beautiful pieces with ferns, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements.
8. GET A FACELIFT
Most people don't want to spend the money on a full kitchen remodel, especially when they're getting ready to move. A more budget-friendly option is replacing only cabinet doors and drawer fronts and painting the cabinet boxes to match. New cabinet hardware can also make a tremendous difference. Some appliance manufactures sell replacement panels for kitchen appliances, which may allow you to swap out dated or dented appliance fronts with new, on-trend finishes.
9. MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS
Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers. Missing floorboards, holes in walls, broken windows, and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be red flags. These repairs cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.
10. CLEAN YOUR HOME
Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Homeowners grow "nose blind" to smells in their home over time, but it's often the first thing noticed by potential home buyers. Having your home professionally cleaned will ensure buyers see it as nice and fresh.