Home staging is more than popping cookies in the oven to make your home smell delicious for open houses (though it can’t hurt to have your kitchen smell like chocolate chip cookies!) When it comes time to sell your home, the art of home staging will become your best friend in getting potential buyers in the door and interested in making your home their new home! So, what is home staging, and how can you utilize home staging to sell?
Home staging involves highlighting the most impressive assets of your home, as well as help potential buyers see themselves moving in and making it their new home! Creating the perfect atmosphere for will benefit you in the end, and hopefully you’ll have no problem whatsoever with being able to sell your beautiful home.
Below are four of the most useful home staging tips to make note of in order to help ensure that your sale is a successful one.
Minimize the Clutter
First and foremost, make sure that you take the time to get rid of any and all clutter that you come across. By doing so, you will be working to help make the interior of your home look bigger than it actually is, as well as a lot more desirable. For instance, consider packing away any clothes that may be considered to be out of season, as well as any extra paperwork, games, and anything else that you may not actually use every day. Personal items, while not clutter, should also be packed away to help the homeowner imagine themselves in the home. Additionally, consider organizing your closets as well, as potential buyers will likely be looking in these spaces in order to see how big they are, and having less packed in there will help make it look bigger and more spacious!
Look for Open Spaces
Consider taking the time to rearrange your furniture in order to create as much open floor space as you possibly can. By doing this, you will be helping potential buyers to better navigate through the area, as well as better visualizing their own furniture pieces in specific areas as well. If you have any extra furniture pieces, it may be a good idea to think about storing them elsewhere in order to move them out of the way. Additionally, if you have any oversized pieces or pieces that may not match the rest of the room, consider moving these elsewhere as well to give your rooms a more cohesive feel.
Break out the Tool Box
If there are any areas of your home that need some slight repairs, such as holes or scratches, take the time to correct these issues prior to staging the home itself. Additionally, if you notice that any touch-ups need to be completed as well in terms of paint, it may not be a bad idea to complete these as well. This is especially the case if you happen to notice any areas where paint has chipped. If you have any bright or unique colors or designs on the walls of your home, consider painting those walls a beige or off-white as blank slate for potential buyers to imagine how they would decorate and paint the different rooms. Taking these kinds of steps will show potential buyers that you have put effort into keeping the property maintained as much as possible and that you have truly cared for it to keep it in good shape for the next owners.
Look at the Big Picture
When it comes to staging a home, you will want to focus more on areas that will have the biggest influence on a potential buyer’s decision rather than concentrating on each and every room in the home itself. For example, the main rooms of a home are usually areas like the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and bathrooms. These areas should receive the most maintenance and staging. If you have time to stage each room, wonderful! But don’t worry too much about focusing on areas such as bathrooms, children’s bedrooms, or any guest bedrooms if you’re short on time or budget.
Thank you for reading our real estate and homeowner’s blog. We are Weichert Realtors – Barton Harris & Co. and we’re happy to have helped you learn more about home staging to sell!