Tips For Staging Your Sell
Aug 14, 2020
Tips For Staging Your Home To Sell
When getting ready to sell your home, you might be thinking back years ago to the home search you conducted before deciding to purchase the very home you're ready to sell. You likely visited multiple homes, and each one provoked a feeling within. Maybe it was a gut feeling, or maybe it was more of a gut reaction, the automatic ‘yes' or ‘no' that you felt the moment you pulled up to the home. If you've ever experienced that, even if just when driving down the road, you've seen a home with either really great - or really awful - curb appeal.
Curb appeal is just one part of preparing your home for sale. The process of making your home look its best for sale is called staging. Much like you would set the scene on stage for a performance, you want to set the scene of a welcoming, cozy home.
We've put together the 5 most common tips to get you started.
- First impressions matter, so start with curb appeal first.
- A well-kempt home will draw a lot of attention from its listing and will draw buyers inside. We've written a whole article on increasing your home's curb appeal, but the basics to focus on are cleaning up your landscaping, storing excess toys and gadgets, and cleaning the outside of your home. Curb appeal can be the difference between a ‘yes' and a ‘no' when buyers are deciding which homes to tour.
- Clear the clutter.
- When a potential buyer is touring a home, they want to see that it is spacious and that the layout provides the function their family needs to thrive. A cluttered home shows buyers the exact opposite - that there is not enough space to store their belongings. While it may work for your family, a living room full of children's toys or even a wall full of too many photos will give the appearance that your home is smaller than it is. Even something as simple as a full coat hanger could draw the buyer to notice that your coat closet lacks the space to hold what it needs to.
- Use color to your advantage.
- Color evokes strong, subconscious feelings in humans. You see this every day in product marketing. When a buyer enters your home, the colors they see will influence their decision. Painting a home is a relatively easy fix to make upon move-in, but using popular neutral colors throughout your home will help a buyer view it as move-in ready. This might mean that you need to repaint your daughter's bright pink bedroom or your yellow kitchen. On the contrast, bright decor is often favored by buyers and can help your home seem lighter and more versatile.
- Furniture should highlight the functionality of your home, not detract from it.
- Clutter doesn't just mean having "stuff" out of place in your home. Bulky, heavy furniture can also make a room seem smaller. Stick with pieces that fit well in the space, even if it means renting some smaller furniture to stage your home. Additionally, furniture should be well-placed in a way that makes sense to the majority. This may mean rearranging the pieces you own.
- When in doubt, get a professional's opinion.
- Good news: Your real estate agent can help you make decisions on staging your home! They have experience walking through multitudes of homes with different buyers and know what is popular and what isn't. There are even professional stagers that can transform your home (or make an empty home pop) to bring out it's best features.
Whether it be time, money, or both, taking these steps to stage your home for sale is likely to lead to a huge payout at the end. If you want to get started on the process of selling your home, give us a call today!