Staging your home to sell is one of the most important things you need to do to help attract buyers. When a buyer walks into your home, you want them to feel like they could pack up their things and move there without another thought because they feel so much at home. This may mean going ahead and boxing up a few of your belongings to get them out of the way or repainting a few rooms to make everything aesthetically pleasing. If you make a few changes to stage your home to sell, it could save you days or months on the market and possibly help you make more money than if you hadn’t made the changes. Not sure where to start to stage your home? We have a few suggestions below that may help you get started.
🏡 Curb Appeal (outside areas)
People are going to see the address of your home and typically drive by it first to see if they like the looks of it and like the neighborhood. You need to make sure it looks good. Refresh your landscaping. Wash and stain the porch. You may need to go as far as repainting the trim and siding, if necessary. Chances are, if they don’t like the outside of your home, they’re not going to want to look inside.
We know you live in your home and probably leave stuff sitting out on your counters. However, when you’re staging your kitchen, your counter tops need to be as clear as possible. Keep a bowl of fruit out or some fresh herbs in pots to accessorize, but other than that virtually everything else should be cleared off. Make sure it’s clean, as well. People are going to open your cabinets to make sure they’ll work for their needs, so clean them out. Make sure your refrigerator isn’t an eyesore and cluttered with magnets and pictures.
When it comes to bedrooms, less is more. Buyers may not like your collection of Star Wars characters as much as you do, so box them up and get them out of sight. Adding a headboard if you don’t currently have one will also draw your attention to the bed and bring a little sophistication to the room. You may also need to repaint if there are scuffs and marks on the walls. People want to see your closet space, too, so get organized. Clear the clutter and keep it clean!
Clean, clean and do more cleaning. We cannot stress this enough. If you have tile floors or walls and the grout is dark and dirty, you need to brighten it up. If the tile is outdated, paint over it. Wash down your walls and make sure you get all the soap scum off your shower doors. If you have a tight space, consider changing out the vanity to a pedestal sink to make it look bigger than it is. You lose counter space, but you can easily hang a medicine cabinet and use a linen closet for all your everyday essentials.
🛋 Living Rooms
If you have hardwood floors, consider refinishing them to give them a like-new shine. If you have carpeting, have a company come in to shampoo all your carpets to make sure they’re as clean as they can be. If you have built-ins, make sure to draw buyers’ attention there. Put enough stuff in them to make it look great, but not too much to make it look cluttered. It’s a fine line, but it’s worth
💡 Tips for Keeping Things Show Ready
Trying to sell a home while your family is still living there can be a headache to keep it clean every day. To begin with simply focus on the main points of each room. Keep your floors and any counter tops clean and clear of clutter. Pack up the stuff that you don’t use every day and put it in storage to help keep the clutter down. Make sure mirrors and any windows are clean. Open the curtains and let the light in. Daylight can make a room feel warmer and bigger, so let the light in. Although it’s going to take some work, simply go through each room in an organized fashion each evening before you go to bed. Start from top to bottom and left to right in each room to stay in a rhythm. We know it’s hard, but it can be done, so if you’re ready to sell, it’s time to get to work!
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