5 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell
By: Brittany Figel
Do you ever wonder why some homes stay on the market longer than others? While many factors can affect this, often it comes down to staging the home. What does staging a home mean? It’s the process of arranging furnishings to make the home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers. Staging your home to sell may sound like work, but it is worth the time and effort.
A 2017 National Association of Realtors study found: 77% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home, 29% of sellers’ agents reported an increase of 1-5% of the dollar value offered by buyers, and 39% of sellers’ agents stated that staging a home greatly decreased the amount of time the home was on the market. The study also found that the most important rooms to stage are the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and dining room.
Here are 5 tips that you can use to stage your home to sell:
This may sound simple, but it will greatly affect the way buyers view your home. Clutter can make a room seem smaller than it really is, and the goal is to make your home feel open and inviting. Remove personal items and knick-knacks from counters, walls, and shelves. You want the buyer to envision themselves in the home. Once you remove clutter, deep clean your home and open windows to allow fresh air in.
Remove about half of the furniture in your home. It may sound difficult to do, but with less furniture your home will appear larger and appeal to more buyers. You can also rent furniture for the staging of your home if your current furniture won’t show well.
Rearrange furniture in symmetrical arrangements. Move furniture away from walls and use pairs (couch, love seat, side tables). This will create an inviting space and make the flow of traffic obvious.
3) Neutral Colors
Using neutral colors throughout your home is an important tip to remember because it is gender neutral and can make spaces look larger. Bold colors such as bright red, orange, and lime green can make a space look smaller than it is and that is not what buyers are looking for. Instead, use a neutral palette with small pops of color (accent pillows, centerpieces, etc.) to show personality to keep things from looking sterile.
Buyers like light and airy spaces, so it’s essential to home staging. Replace burnt out bulbs, open all blinds and curtains to allow for natural sunlight, and make sure light fixtures look appealing. You can also create inviting spaces by using lamps or wall sconces.
5) Update Finishes
Try walking through your home and looking at it through the buyers’ eyes. Look for small maintenance issues such as loose cabinets, doors or windows that don’t close completely, etc. Consider replacing outdated appliances with something more up to date (stainless steel is popular with buyers). Replacing hardware, stripping wallpaper, and adding fresh coats of paint are worth the effort and the buyer will notice.
-Bake a fresh batch of cookies before a showing and have them set out for buyers to enjoy. It will be inviting and create a sense of home.
-Create curb appeal by adding fresh flowers, mowing the lawn, or adding some fresh mulch.
-Add mirrors to dark spaces to create a space that looks larger.
-Set the table, fold bathroom towels, and add some fresh flowers throughout your home as an extra touch to help the buyer visualize living there.
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