If you are planning
… to put your home on the market this summer or already have it listed, odds are you’d like to move it as quickly as possible and for your asking price. Below are some staging tips to success.
- Remove all clutter. Often homeowners have an excess of furniture. Look around and see what pieces you can live without. A good rule of thumb to keep from accumulating too much is when something new comes in, something old has to go. A house free of clutter is a house with less visual distractions. The potential buyer can see the bones of your home without their eyes being drawn away to irrelevant knick knacks. Clean and clear spaces help give a look of having more space. It will also help the potential buyer visualize their own belongings fitting in these open spaces.
- Curb Appeal. First impressions are everything. See our curb appeal tab for some simple ways to enhance your outside spaces.
- Sparkling Clean! Make the surfaces in your home gleam. This may not be the easiest of all the tips, but it certainly is the most important.
- Choose neutral and more sophisticated colors. Take any bold colors out and replace them with rich mid-tones. This will help pull the whole house together and create a feeling of warmth, without distracting the potential buyer.
- Create a gender neutral master bedroom. The goal is to appeal to both genders and create a space where anyone would be comfortable falling asleep there.
- Open the closets up. Potential buyers are going to peek through everything anyway. Clear out the mess and give the impression of spaciousness.
- Pick up the toys. Most buyers are looking for a place to make a fresh start. An abundance of toys may hinder a buyer from visualizing this.
- Use extra rooms wisely. If a spare room has used to store the holiday decorations, now is time to transform into a guest bedroom or an office. Define the space for buyers.
- Be aware of pet odors. Not everyone loves your pets like you. The smell of pets can turn a potential buyer away at the door.
- Stage for the season. In the spring and summer, put fresh cut flowers out in vases for a bright, sunny mood. In the fall and winter, try appealing to the nose with a pot of cider simmering on the stove for a feeling of warmth.