When putting your house up for sale, staging is an important step that can help buyers imagine themselves in this space. However there are some important steps you will want to follow to ensure you stage your home properly. These tips can help give you that extra spark that will bring in buyers. Read on to discover 5 tips for staging your home.
De-personalize When Staging Your Home
Your home is a place where you hang all your family photos, paint the walls your favourite colour, and design the space in a way that screams you! Although your home is a place that should reflect your sense of style, this is something you will want to avoid when staging your home.
The first step I would take in this process is remove anything that says ‘you’ on it. For example, family photos, awards, or certificates should all be packed away or moved to storage. This way, buyers can imagine themselves in this property. They want to think about where they can put their own family photos up in this space.
Enhance Curb Appeal
First impressions can mean a lot when trying to sell your home, and the way it looks on the outside is just as important as the inside. The first step to take when trying to enhance curb appeal is to go green. Create a fresh look by cutting the lawn, adding some flowers to the garden, and trimming any bushes or shrubs to maintain a clean look. You may also want to do a quick check of your lawn every couple of days to check for any garbage that might have blown into your yard.
Next I would try adding some front door decor. Perhaps an embracing welcome mat or a floral wreath for the door. Finally, I would consider adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door and/or garage door. Choose a bold colour that complements the house, but doesn’t look too harsh. By doing these simple tasks, you can enhance the curb appeal of your house.
Make Small Repairs
Not everyone is able to make drastic renovations to their home before selling your home. It can become pretty time consuming and costly. However, there are simple and cost effective repairs you can make to your home to add value before staging.
The first is to freshen up the walls. Remove all scuffs and marks with cleaning products and fill in holes with spackle. Once you have a nice base, add a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the space. The second repair is to fix up any squeaking door hinges and door knobs. Although it seems like a small task, it makes a big difference in the end.
The final repair you could make is to enhance your lighting. Replace all lightbulbs and even some of the lighting fixtures. You want to make your home bright, airy and modern.
Clean and Declutter
When it comes to staging your home, less is more. The more you clean and declutter your space, the larger and more appealing it will become to buyers. Start by decluttering any unnecessary furniture and household items that could take up space. Buyers will want to imagine their own furniture and decor in the home.
Once you have decluttered, it’s time to clean! You will want to wipe everything down from the floors to the ceilings. Scrub the bathrooms, wash the floors, and put fresh bedding in all of the rooms. To top things off, consider adding some fragrance diffusers to give your home a fresh scent.
Give Each Room a Purpose
The final tip I have for staging your home is to give each room a purpose. When buyers walk into a room, you want them to know exactly what they’re walking into. Rather than leaving your spare bedroom empty, add in a desk and chair to make it an office, or some exercise equipment to make it a gym. This will give buyers an idea of what they could use the space for.
Before an open house, do a walk through of your home and see if you or a friend can identify the purpose of every room. By following these 5 tips, your home will be staged in a way that is attractive to buyers and leads to a quick sale.
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