When a house is placed on the market for sale, it should look move-in ready! The seller’s goal is to create a space where the potential buyer can visualize him/herself living there.
A house that shows well and is priced well, will sell and sell quickly! That is why it is important to hire a professional home stager. Staging enhances the potential of the home. And, as we all know, first impressions are everything! It’s been proven time and time again that a professionally staged home will sell in less time and put more money in the seller’s pockets. It is important to eliminate the negative aspects of the house, emphasize all the possibilities, and showcase the great qualities of the home.
Here are some helpful hints:
Keep the home neutral, tidy and free of clutter.
Many people focus their attention on the interior only, but the exterior is just as important. It’s what people see first. A well-manicured lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden will increase curb appeal and entice potential buyers’ curiosity to see more.
Artwork and furniture are the first things a potential buyer sees, so they should be understated and simple. Rearrange furniture. Get rid of oversized and damaged pieces and/or those that don’t match the rest of the house. Keep the theme of the house cohesive.
The first showing is online, so having pictures that are of good quality and that showcase your home the best way possible should be a priority. Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves in your home, so brightening and decluttering spaces before posting is crucial. It may lead to a faster sale!
Paint tired kitchen cabinets white.
Update bed linens and lighting.
Remove heavy drapery and valances from ALL windows. Light SELLS!
Wash windows inside and out.
Use a few key pieces in the bedroom, living room and dining room:
BR – Bed and dresser
LR – Sofa, chair, coffee table or ottoman
DR – Table and chairs
Be sure to use ample light in ALL rooms!
A quick way to make a space aesthetically pleasing is the use of symmetry, repetition and rhythm.
Put excess clutter in storage. It can take 5%-15% off a home’s value! Storage space is important to the buyer. Don’t clutter it up with your stuff, or they will feel as if they won’t have enough room for their stuff. Every room should have a focal point. One of the keys to staging is to create that focal point.
If one room has too much furniture, move some to another room. Repurpose furniture – ottomans and trunks can be used as coffee tables, consoles as desks, dressers as foyer tables, etc.
Bring the outdoors in! Fresh flowers in every room tend to lift our spirits.
Light-colored pillows and throws on dark sofas instantly add new energy. 90% of buyers shop online first, so photos are crucial. Keep in mind that dark sofas create black holes in photos, which distract buyers.
Stage where it counts – family room, master bedroom, and kitchen are most important.
Depersonalize everything! Put away family photos and clothing, no personal items on the countertops, no religious pictures or décor.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before! Every inch, including baseboards, corners, ceilings, windows, inside and outside of the fridge, cabinets, drawers, etc.
Patch and repair.