After you follow the steps below, make sure that your hard work pays off. This can be accomplished by getting professional photos of your home. The photos to the left are from one of my listings, and in my opinion, could be in a magazine. This is just one of the extra services that we provide with no extra cost to our clients.
So lets het to the home staging tips! To get the most money for your home and help it sell more quickly, it’s important that all who experience it – buyers and agents alike – are left feeling like they’ve just found the deal of a lifetime, a hot property that has been well cared for and is move-in ready.
Even if your home could use a little TLC, these home staging tips will show you how to spruce it right up and turn it into a must-have home:
1. Capitalize on curb appeal.
If your horofessiome isn’t pnally landscaped don’t
panic! You can still give it that manicured appearance. Make sure the lawn is freshly mowed, all leaves have been raked, and snow and ice have been shoveled. A thriving hanging or potted plant at the entrance makes a warm welcome for visitors. Scrub clean or paint your garage door, front door, porch, and any outside railings or steps. Make sure any recycling and garbage is hidden out of view. Clean and sweep the porch or deck and all walk ways. Eliminate any weeds growing in the yard or in crevices in the sidewalk or driveway.
2. Clear out the clutter!
Clutter is a huge distraction. Even if your home is clean, an excess of knick-knacks and your personal “stuff” makes it hard for would-be buyers to picture themselves and their belongings in your space. Adopt a minimalist approach and remove all extra furniture and decorations from your home. Make your own impending move easier by packing up all of your non-essential items and moving them to a temporary storage unit or donating them to charity. This will open up your space, making your home feel larger and brighter, and giving the buyer the opportunity to visualize the potential.
3. See what your buyer sees.
Give your most critical friend or family member the “buyer’s tour” of your home. Visit every room and hallway paying special attention to where their eye is drawn. Ask them to give you honest feedback on anything that stands out to them. Touch up chipped paint, tack down peeling edges on wallpaper, and fill in nail holes. For things you don’t have the time or budget to fix correctly, strategically place pictures, plants, or other simple items to draw the visitor’s eye away from the issue and on to something more visually appealing.
4. Fix it, Felix!
Visit every room and identify the things you never got around to fixing and address everything that might be distracting to potential buyers. Drippy faucets, loose door handles, squeaky steps, broken latches or hinges, peeling caulk, grout stains, cracked windows, doors that stick or sag, each of these things leave a would-be buyer less than impressed. If you’re pressed for time or lack fix-it skills, consider hiring a professional handy-man.
5. Clean like you mean it.
If needed, hire a professional service to come give your home a deep clean. Once it’s in pristine condition, all you need to do is keep it up. Clean, clear windows give the impression of being newer and let in more light. Make sure counter tops, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and faucets sparkle and are free of any rust or water spots. Dust shelves, wipe down baseboards, walls, doors, and doorframes. Clear out cobwebs from corners and crevices. Pay special attention to appliances, even if you’re taking them with you. Make sure all beds are made, laundry and toys are put away, and no dishes are in the sink. An extremely clean home leaves the buyer with the impression that the house is well cared for.
6. Let in some air.
Open windows for at least 10 minutes a day. Stale air accumulates and if you live in it you can’t smell it. Cooking odors, trash, smoke, and pet smells can be an unpleasant surprise for visitors and will dampen their experience. Febreeze furniture, draperies, carpets, and shower curtains. Consider burning candles with a light, clean fragrance. Clearing out the air will make your home feel fresh to potential buyers, making it easier for them to picture themselves in the space.
7. Lighten up.
Dark walls and décor may be what makes your heart sing, but can make your space seem dingy, foreboding, and cramped, especially if it’s already small. Consider painting walls a lighter color (white is best) and swapping out dark and heavy decorations and window treatments with things of a lighter, airier motif. Lighter colors make spaces feel bigger and roomier, leaving your would-be buyer dreaming about how much they would enjoy being in it.
While these tips may require a little elbow grease or even a little bit of money, the return on your efforts will be great. It could mean the difference between 30 and 365 days on market. To create a truly powerful impact on your potential buyer, consider hiring a professional home stager. The bigger of an impression your home makes on the buyer and the easier it is for them to picture themselves living in the home, the closer you are to a sale!