Staging is an essential step in the home selling and buying process. A well-staged home is more likely to sell quicker and at a higher price. According to the National Association of Realtors, a staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less – that’s 87% faster than non-staged homes! These following tips will help you to get the most out of your home by helping you perfectly stage your home with buyers in mind.
- Boost your curb appeal. First impressions are key. It is difficult for a buyer to see the value in your home, no matter how fitting it is for them, if they are already turned off to your home before they even enter. Many people will use the curb appeal of your home to help them determine if they even want to invest the time in looking in your home. A few things you can do to make sure your home’s curb appeal is at its best include: power washing siding and walkways/driveways, hanging easy-to-read house numbers, planting flowers and fresh greenery, mowing your lawn and adding fresh seed or sod as needed, washing windows, and repainting or staining as needed.
- Examine each room the same way a buyer would. Walk through your home and look at each room the way a buyer would. Ask yourself the questions a buyer would ask with the functionality of the room. Then, write a to-do list for any decluttering, repairs, or enhancements that need to be done. Each room of your home should be attention grabbing but comfortable enough that the buyer can see themselves living in your home.
- De-clutter and clean your home. Removing clutter from your home will help make it look that more spacious and will truly maximize the square footage of your home, no matter how big or small it may be. Having a clean home will also be more appealing to any buyer: even if their current home is not very clean this will give them a reassuring feeling of a fresh start. Key things to pay attention to is clutter in the kitchen on counters and in cabinets, toys around the home, bathrooms, closets, and pet accessories that could be leaving behind bad odors. Also make sure to steam clean carpets and refinish hardwood floors if needed. If you are unable to invest in refinishing hardwood floors a carefully placed rug can also make a huge difference.
- Use smaller furniture. Using smaller furniture throughout the home will help open up space and make the home feel larger. When it comes to bedrooms you want to make sure that the bed size is large enough to give the impression that the room is functional (twin size beds or bunk beds in kids rooms but full or queen sized beds in master bedroom) but not so small that the only that will be able to fit in the room is the bed. If there is a room you typically use as extra-storage or a play room consider using this space as an office. The living room and dining room are another area of the home where size of furniture can make a huge difference. Once again, you want the furniture to be large enough to feel functional (such as your couch or table) but not so large that it feels like it is monopolizing the space in the room.
- Light it up. Bright and light spaces are more welcoming. Maximize on the home’s natural light by opening up blinds. Make sure to keep the lights on throughout your home to encourage buyers to continue walking through the home. Leave doors open so the home will feel more open and inviting. If certain areas of your home are dim consider adding a lamp to help lighten them up more.
- Remove bad odors – don’t just cover them up. The sense of smell is the strongest sense in the human body. If your home smells bad it is going to be extremely difficult for buyers to imagine the home smelling differently and will put them off quickly. Using air fresheners or candles is simply not enough when it comes to the scent of your home for selling. You want to remove any bad odors, not just mask them, as it is possible that the cover-up scent may not be strong enough or last long enough to truly mask the bad odor throughout the tour of the home.
- Add statement items throughout the home. Statement items such as fresh cut flowers in a vase, a potted plant, pictures, and table settings can all make a huge impact when it comes to staging your home. These statement items will help your home to still feel lived-in, even once it has been de-cluttered and cleaned, which will help the home buyer to see themselves living there as well.