The most important thing you can do when preparing your home to sell is to stage it properly. The good news is that most home staging can be accomplished without any outlay of cash. Consider our top home staging tips to help you sell your home fast!
Prioritize Curb Appeal
Curb appeal – or the lack of it – is the first thing a prospective homebuyer will notice when approaching your home. In this situation, your house will definitely be judged by its cover, so it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to make the exterior of the home as appealing as possible. Perfectly manicured lawns and pristine landscaping can make a huge a difference in the overall appeal of your home. Even a freshly painted front door can grab the attention of a potential buyer.
The most appealing homes on the market are the clean ones! According to Houzz, “From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the least expensive) way to help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don’t skimp — this step is key!” Cleaning your house sounds simple enough but it can get exhausting after a few house showings. Don’t be afraid to hire assistance to help ensure your house is ready to be shown at a moment’s notice.
Edit, Edit, Edit!
Too frequently, homeowners fill their spaces with oversized furniture that takes up too much room and diminishes the true size of the area. Put those large overstuffed pieces in storage and stage your home with appropriately sized furniture. You can also open up rooms by removing unnecessary furniture. When it comes to home staging less is most definitely more! This also goes for decor and personal belongings. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in your home, which can be hard to do while staring at a gallery wall of your family photos. It can be a little painful to put all your treasured keepsakes away, but in the name of proper home staging this is a necessity. Although you are storing your prized collections and mementos, keep in mind it’s only temporary. If you stage your home properly, a quick sale could ensue and you’ll be unpacking all your treasured photos and knickknacks in your new home before you know it! Clear all countertop clutter with the exception of appropriate welcoming accents like fresh flowers. Make sure any small appliances left out on the counters and the inside of large kitchen appliances are also sparkling clean.
Proper lighting can make a home feel cozy, warm, and welcoming. Bad lighting can make even the most beautiful spaces feel gloomy and small. When staging your home to sell, go through the entire house and open up all drapery and blinds. Utilize the brightest bulbs recommended by the manufacturers of your lamps and lighting fixtures. And don’t forget to clean your windows! It can be shocking how much dirt and dust can build up from season to season, blocking natural light from flowing into your home. Have some dark corners or dreary hallways? Even if the sun is blazing away outside, turn on some lamps.
The most helpful home staging tips are the simple and cost effective ones! Keep your house sparkling clean, edit your belongings from decor to furniture, and make your home as light and bright as possible.