Top 7 Things to do when Staging Your Home for Resale
Staging. What do you think of when I say that?
Many may think of this unnecessary thing you should do when you sale your home. Most people don’t really see the value of staging their home, so they skip out of that extremely beneficial step. Staging is a major key to selling your home a success. If you are considering staging your home, and I hope you are, here are some simple tips that you can do or pass along to a friend to help them make their home better!
1. Get rid of clutter
Organize your home and get rid of everything that is unnecessary. Clutter can fill a room and make it look smaller. Once you get rid of everything unnecessary, the room will look bigger which people viewing your home will love.
2. Make every room have a purpose.
We all have a room in our home where we tend to throw things and forget about it. If you have a room like that, clean it up and give it a purpose. Make it a spare bedroom, or an office. If you have some exercise equipment just laying around, make that room an exercise room. Giving each room a purpose will help those interested in buying your home envision how they can use the rooms.
3. Pack away personal items.
Yes, that picture of you and the rest of your family is adorable and looks great above the fireplace, but it can be very distracting for potential buyers. They will begin to focus more on the pictures in your home versus what your home has to offer them. How can they imagine what their lives will be like in your home if all they see are pictures of your children? Put up some fun artwork or a few mirrors, and allow the potential home buyers to imagine your home as theirs.
Most people don’t really see the value of staging their home, so they skip out of that extremely beneficial step. Staging is a major key to selling your home.
4. Neutralize every room.
While you may like a deep orange room or you think that lime green is great for a child’s room, others may not think the same. Paint the walls a nice, warm neutral color. It doesn’t have to be white, but a nice tan or beige color will give the potential buyers a blank space to begin thinking about all the things they could do with the space.
You don’t want a potential buyer to come in and turn back around because of the funk that is in your house. Make sure that you take the garbage out and that the odors coming from your kitchen are fresh and not overwhelming. If you have small children, make sure their toys are not laying around. If you have pets, have your carpets cleaned, and all the furniture cleaned so you cannot tell there is an animal living indoors. If you are a smoker and often smoke inside the house, try to smoke outside more often and air out the house.
6. Enhance curb appeal.
Most buyers will do a quick drive by to see if your house is right for them. So make sure your lawn is mowed and hedges trimmed. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch. If you can, power wash your home. If makes the paint look fresher and the home taken care of.
7. Finish all unfinished projects.
This may be an obvious one, but if you were in the process of finishing the basement, or retiling the bathroom, finish it. You don’t want buyers to see how much work will be needed to finish the project. Buyers typically want a home that they can move right into without having to worry about finishing the bathroom floor before they can shower. Also, go ahead and fix those little things you’ve been meaning to do. If there is some flooring you’ve been meaning to replace or kitchen drawers that need fixed, go ahead and do it.