Staging a home means creating an atmosphere designed to appeal to the largest number of buyers. Some sellers go so far as to hire a professional to stage their home, but you can stage your home relatively quickly. Of course, all sellers want to get as much as they can from the sale of their home, and staging is a way to emphasize a home’s assets while minimizing any perceived flaws. Additionally, potential buyers should be able to picture themselves living happily in the home.
The basics include clearing the clutter, making certain colors are neutral, and everything is clean. Here are some ideas that will assist you in staging your home without having to remodel or make major purchases.
When looking at a home, first impressions count, and that’s why you should consider the curb appeal of your home. Trim any trees or shrubbery that need cutting, and of course, keep the lawn in top shape. Plant colorful annuals to add visual appeal and make the home seem inviting. Often, potential buyers may interpret a messy looking yard as an indicator of deferred maintenance of the home, and this could be a deterrent.
Staging the kitchen should begin with a thorough cleaning of all surfaces, appliances, drawers, and cupboards. Buyers will open drawers and appliances, and you want them to be impressively clean. Counter tops should be mostly clear; remove any small appliances. Remove any personal items; including photographs and lists from your refrigerator.
When staging bedrooms in your home, the master bedroom is certainly the most important to consider. If a bedroom is large, a chair or two may be fine but do not leave your home office in your master bedroom; bedrooms should be a space dedicated to rest. A headboard is a good way to define the space. Decorate the space in a single-color scheme.
Stage children’s bedrooms, too. As with the rest of the house, children’s bedrooms should not be cluttered or overly personal. Having décor that is child appropriate is fine. Keeping the room gender neutral is a plus.
As with kitchens, deep clean all bathrooms. Nobody wants to see spots on the mirrors or discoloration in the grout. Surfaces should be cleared of toiletries and any personal or grooming items. Most of us cannot afford to remodel an outdated bathroom, but updating hardware can elevate the look of a bathroom, and hanging luxurious towels from the towel racks can give the impression of a boutique bathroom.
When staging your living room, keep in mind that it should appear cozy and comfortable but still neutral. It is, however, a good idea to brighten neutrals with pops of color in throw pillows. Live plants can brighten the space. Arrange furniture in such a way as to create conversation areas. You want potential buyers to be able to envision themselves enjoying and entertaining in this room.
Keeping Your Home Show Ready
Staging your home is one thing, but keeping it ready to show on short notice is another. This can be a challenge, especially if you are still living in the home. The best you can do is stage the home, get organized, create a specific cleaning schedule and stay on top of things. If possible, store any personal items or things you can live without off-site. Keep the kitchen and bathroom especially clean. Also, ask your real estate agent to give you sufficient notice before showing the home so that you can do any last-minute cleaning up.
Staging a home can seem overwhelming. But with these tips, you are certainly able to stage the home yourself.
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