Staging a home is increasingly important in this digital age we live in. With so many TV shows and websites all promoting perfectly coordinated rooms, Buyers tend to be less forgiving when viewing homes. The good news is you don’t have to be a professional stager to add value to your home. Whether your home is a $200,000 ranch or a $2 million sprawling estate, every home can benefit from de-cluttering and reorganizing.
To begin, here are some helpful tips:
An Attractive Yard is the First Step
Curb appeal is important no matter what the season. During the winter, yard waste needs to be raked up and snow needs to be neatly shoveled. Flowers should be planted and fresh mulch laid for the spring market. In summer time create patio furniture arrangements and a nicely mowed lawn. And last but not least, the fall requires leaves to be raked and bushes trimmed.
Cut the Clutter
Since getting Buyers into the home is half the battle, make sure they don’t lose interest because your house is brimming over with stuff that could easily be placed in a closet or drawer. De-cluttering doesn’t mean getting rid of everything, but it definitely means organizing and removing your stuff. Most rooms have too many pieces of furniture. Remove at least one piece to thin the room out and move furniture away from walls. Buyers should be able to freely move around the rooms, not bump into end tables and ottomans. Remove notes and postcards from the refrigerator, reduce the amount of books in shelves, and remove vases, statues, or clocks from tables.
Make Sure Each Room has a Well Defined Use
Busy households often fall into the habit of using a room for multiple purposes. Such as the dining room acting as the kid’s play room or the family room turned into a home office. Even though these rooms have served a valuable purpose for you, a Buyer may get confused or feel the space is inadequate. Maximizing the true purpose of each room goes very far when showcasing a home.
Keep Your House Well Lit at Night
Most Buyers work during the day and do not have the chance to drive by a house except at night. Without a Seller even knowing it, a Buyer could be turned off by the property because not enough lights are on, giving it a cold feeling. The small increase in your electrical bill is well worth the warm and inviting feel that all potential Buyers will get when driving by your home at night.
A good way to get a Buyer’s attention is to add some color to your front door. The color red always makes a statement and can give the perception of the whole house being painted. Other fun colors that make an impact are yellow or blue.
Keep it Cozy
You want home buyers to feel right at home when they view the house. Before showing your home, fill the home with pleasing aromas by burning a scented candle or baking brownies. Make sure your home’s temperature is comfortable. If it’s cold outside make sure it’s warm in your house. And if it’s a hot summer day, have the air conditioner on, or if you don’t have air conditioning, open windows and have fans going to circulate the air. Another way to emphasize comfort in your home is to use decorative fabrics such as a satin table cloth, or have plush towels displayed in the bathroom.
Clean and Polish
When was the last time you cleaned the windows in your house? Get the Windex out! This is a simple inexpensive way to bring more light into rooms and make even older windows look new again. Wash curtain sheers. Shampoo rugs. Dust shelves. Counters, sinks, tubs, and appliances should sparkle. A bright, spotless house will appeal to buyers.
Staging Your Home Pays Off
Is staging worth the trouble? Staging makes online photos of the home stand out and dramatically improves a Buyer’s first impression of your home. Staging a home improves your home’s chances of selling for the best price, too. According to a survey done by HomeGain, staging a home increased the selling price of a home $3000-$4000 and had a higher return of investment compared to updating the kitchen or bathroom. Homes also sell faster than non-staged homes so it’s well worth your time!