Setting the Stage
When it comes to selling your home, staging can and will make all the difference. According to the Real Estate Staging Association, professionally and well-staged homes spend less time on the market and sell for higher prices than their non-staged counterparts. Here are some staging tips that will help boost curb appeal and keep your potential buyers wowed as they move through your home.
A low-cost alternative to giving dated bathroom tile a face lift is to paint it. Don’t go bananas with the color, keep it neutral. In fact, paint throughout the home should be neutral in terms of shade and even gender.
Any bars of soap in the bathroom should also be new, not used or grimy looking. Stage with pieces like a fluffy white bathroom on a nice hook, but hide any personal items that don’t look too spa like.
Plant or place flowers or fresh greenery inside and outside your home. While we’re on the topic don’t forget to mow, and clean up your yard as well.
Clutter might be your thing, but it’s probably not your buyer’s thing. Don’t just shove things in closets either, buyers want to see the home can store their items in an organized manner. Aim for 20 – 30% open space in each closet or storage area.
Style your dining room table. Try three, smaller center pieces rather than one that is oversized. If you have patio furniture don’t forget to state that space as well.
Rearrange your furniture. Pull the furniture away from walls and pair items (sofas, chairs and lamps) together to imply conversation areas.
Stage any extra rooms you use for storage to show off their potential. Show how it could be an office, a guest room, an additional seating area, a space for shoes, jewelry or putting on makeup, etc.
Get creative. Turn awkward space within your home into functional space. For example, place a floating shelf or desk in the space behind stairs. Ask your realtor for ideas or look online. (Pinterest or HGTV are both good websites to check out.)
Think about lifestyle and try to create one buyers are looking for. Hang a hammock in the back yard for a relaxed feel, clear the junk off your pool table and stage a gaming area, etc.
We’ve set it before and we’ll say it again. Clean. Clean. Clean! This includes everything from the inside to the outside of your home, closets, garages, appliances, walls, floors, and get rid of pet odors (even you can’t smell, others can!)
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