When it comes to selling a home, the goal is to sell it fast at the highest possible price. To do that, your property must look inviting and highly desirable – not just in pictures, but up close inside and out. That’s what home staging is all about.
This is borne out by a 2015 study on home staging undertaken by the National Realtors Association. Among its findings, 49% of Realtors say most buyers are swayed by home staging, while 47% believe some buyers are affected. The study also revealed that 32% of buyer’s agents believe that their clients are willing to offer from 1 to 5% more on the dollar value of staged homes.
Here, then, are some of our most helpful home staging tips:
- Improve your home’s curb appeal
Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of your home when viewed from the street. It makes an immediate first impression on the buyer and makes them look forward to seeing more of your home.
Some of the easiest ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to do a little bit of landscaping and yard care. Mow the lawn or add fresh sod. Include a few potted plants and flowers and tend your hedges so they look neat and well cared for.
A fresh coat of paint will do wonders to the exterior of your home and your fence. Clean your windows and aim a power washer on walkways to dislodge dirt.
Highlight the porch. Bring out a patio table and seating to showcase its usage. Make sure your porch lights work and keep them on in the evening in case buyers do an evening drive-by.
- Make your interiors inviting
Rearrange your furniture so they highlight the roominess or open plan of your space.
You can also pull chairs, sofas, and tables away from walls and bring them closer together to create a more intimate setting in your living room.
Style your dining table as if you’re expecting guests for dinner. Match your table setting with the mood of the house – a formal setting for a more formal home; something casually elegant for a contemporary home. Add fresh flowers, and make sure every light works.
- Clean and declutter
A clean home may spell the difference between receiving an offer and having your home sit unsold for yet another day. Make sure everything that is supposed to sparkle does. Every surface should be clean enough to eat out of.
Keep wooden floors pristine. Shampoo or vacuum carpeted areas. On laminate flooring, make sure you run your microfiber mop in places where dust bunnies are likely to accumulate.
Decluttering is another way to give off a clean vibe. Put personal mementoes in storage. You’re also aiming for a neutral look so potential buyers can imagine themselves – and their own possessions – in your home. If you’re making bedrooms available in an open house, reduce closet contents by 20 or 30% and store toiletries in plastic containers under the sink. It goes without saying that bathrooms must look, feel, and smell fresh.
Take care, too, of odors left by pets. It’s easy to get used to these smells when you live with cats or dogs. Wash and vacuum the spaces your pets frequent the most. Keep litter boxes out of sight. You should also consider having all your rugs properly steam cleaned just in case.
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