Tips for Staging a House
According to The Mortgage Report, staged homes sell 73% percent faster as compared to those that are non-staged, which means investing a little money may result in a significant return, whether you plan to put your home up among the houses for sale in Dallas, TX; Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV or anywhere else.
Home staging simply means that you’ll highlight the strengths of your home and downplay any weaknesses while appealing to the greatest number of prospective home buyers. You can help set the stage for success by utilizing these tips for quick results.
Clear Out the Clutter
One of the most important things you can do to make your home more appealing is to clear out the clutter. After a while, little things start to pile up and you may not even notice, but those coming to check out your house will. Think about that stack of mail, pile of magazines and bathroom with so many toiletries you could almost open a salon. Don’t forget about closets, drawers and cabinets – which potential buyers will peer into. The fewer “things” you have lying around, the more spacious and clean your home will look.
Remove Personal Items
While it can be somewhat emotionally challenging, removing things like family photos, children’s drawings, and any other personal items helps home buyers to imagine what spaces would look like if they move in. You want it to evoke the feeling that it belongs to the buyer, not the seller.
Entice Onlookers with Curb Appeal
Potential home buyers almost always do a quick drive-by before making the decision to go in, which is why curb appeal is a must. In this case, the outside counts in a big way so you’ll want to keep the lawn well-maintained, wash the windows, add some fresh paint, and perhaps add some colorful flowers and lush greenery. Be sure your porch is welcoming, keeping the light on in the evening, adding potted plants and perhaps a nice piece of porch furniture if there’s room.
Tackle Those Holes, Scratches, Scuffs and Nicks
Go through your home with a close eye, searching for any signs of neglect, like little holes, nicks, scuffs and scratches. Oftentimes, all you need is a melamine foam eraser pad to eliminate those scuffs, or a touch of paint. Spackle and caulk places that need that too, whatever you need to do to make it look as well-maintained as possible.
Think Lots of Light
Do everything you can to bring natural light in, which makes rooms look bigger and provides a more joyful feel. A dark room is a sad room. Open the blinds, turn on the lights and be sure the windows are clean, inside and out. If there is any foliage blocking window areas, be sure to get it manicured. Ideally, every room should have three different types of light, an accent light like a floor lamp in the corner, a reading lamp and ambient light which provides general lighting for the room, such as a ceiling light.