9 Pro Home Staging Tips
When selling your home, there are tons of things to consider and many items to check off the to-do list. However, one item that you must take seriously is staging your home.
According to the National Association of Realtors, 21% report that home staging increases the value of a home between 6% and 10%, and 39% note that staging greatly decreases the total amount of time a home is on the market.
Check out these 9 pro home staging tips that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers, hopefully resulting in a faster sale.
Light it Up
A well-lit environment sells! Open curtains and draw the blinds to allow natural light to shine. Turn on lamps and overhead lighting. Make sure to use the soft white (warm) bulbs, as that creates a more inviting ambiance.
Keep it Simple
When selling your home, less is more. People don’t care about your personal things (Sorry!). They want to imagine themselves living in your space. Help them by creating an environment that is vacant of your family photographs, kids’ artwork, concert posters, or your model ship collection.
Along the same lines of keeping it simple, remember that clutter is not your friend. Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells. Clean out closets and cabinets, remove trinkets and “extra” décor, and consider removing/rearranging furniture, if needed.
A fresh coat of paint can truly give a home a new look. Keep in mind that neutral colors are the best colors when selling, as they give the potential buyer a clean canvas.
New Bed Coverings
A simple but effective staging technique is to replace old bed coverings. Again, keep in mind that less is more, so a simple neutral-colored duvet would be better than a multi-colored, busy-patterned bed cover.
Break out the white gloves! When selling your home, you need to clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Every inch of the house needs to shine and sparkle. No one wants to move into a house that is dirty. Pay special attention to things that are often overlooked when cleaning, such as baseboards, fridge interior, microwave, oven, water faucet corrosion, grout lines, ceiling fan blades, and window blinds.
Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. That’s why curb appeal is so important. Pressure washing your siding and roof and sidewalks, a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and fresh mulch in your flower beds will go a long way toward creating a good first impression on a potential buyer.
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Kitchens sell houses, so make sure yours is in good shape. A fresh coat of paint on the cabinets, along with new hardware on cabinets can really update a kitchen. If your appliances are outdated, you may want to consider investing in new ones to give your kitchen a little extra umph.
Put Yourself in a Buyer’s Shoes
It’s easy to overlook things when selling your home because you live there. However, when selling your home, you really need to take a step back and look at every aspect of your house as if you were seeing it for the first time. What appeals to you? What turns you off? Anything that is an obstacle, a potential burden, or is simply unappealing needs to be addressed.
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