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10 Tips to Stage a House the Right Way

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Are you trying to sell your house? If you find yourself in this scenario, you are aware people are going to visit your home. Potential buyers will make their way into your house to see where they could be living - and they are going to check every little detail to see if the house is worth it. To increase the chances of your sale, you need to stage your house. Doing so is hard and it’s even harder if you have never done it before. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! Here are 10 tips to make your house look better and secure the sale!

  1. Remove your personality from the house. The very first thing you have to do when you’re staging your home for sale is to remove yourself from the situation. But don’t leave just yet! What this means is removing anything that makes your house a part of you: your personal photos, anything political hanging from the walls, toothbrushes from the bathroom counter, and anything else you can think of. You have to do this to let would-be buyers imagine themselves living in their future house (the one you’re trying to sell) and that would be hard to do with your footprint all over the house.
  2. Go on a deep clean mission. Once you have taken care of your personal items, it’s time to clean everything else. You’ll have to clean your house as you have never done before. You need to imagine someone is going to test your cleaning abilities and you are trying to ace that test. It’s best to take care of your bathroom and kitchen first, these two are always the hardest ones to clean. You can move on to the bedroom and everything else after. Tidy up the rooms as well: leave no clothes laying on the floor, make sure everything is nice and organized in the kitchen counter and take care of your bathroom cabinet.
  3. Keep it light and bright. Potential buyers are going to visit your house during daylight - and you have to make the best out of that situation. Even though we are one click away from turning on the lights, a better sale strategy would be to take advantage of natural light, the one coming from the sun. Not only it’s cost-efficient, but it’s also beautiful and warm. Open your windows and remove anything that might get in the way of the sunlight coming in (like big furniture). Direct contact with sunlight gets people in a better mood - a better buying mood.
  4. Fix what the eye can see. When you are staging your home for a sale, you need to go on a maintenance trip around your house. Check your doors, windows, frames, and even your floor. Anything that it’s broken or rotting needs to be fixed or replaced. A good example is wooden frames: home-owners do not pay enough attention to wooden frames and they quickly rot. This is a fatal flaw you need to avoid when you stage your house - otherwise, you might potentially lose a sale. Bring the tools out and get to work, your house will look ten times better when you are finished!
  5. Rent and rearrange the furniture. Great furniture is key to stage a house. There are no ifs and buts about it: if you have great furniture, your house is going to look great. If you are going for a «minimalistic» approach, potential buyers are not going to feel themselves like they are in a home - and that kills a sale. Rearrange your furniture to make your house look beautiful and organized. If you don’t have enough furniture to do so, you can always rent some and take care of business.
  6. The bigger the room looks, the better. There’s an important caveat to tip number 5: do not overdo it. You need the right amount of furniture to make a room look great. If you have less than an ideal number of furniture, the house looks empty. If you go too far with it, the house looks crowded. You need to find a balance to make your house look gorgeous, and at the same time, big. If you arrange your furniture the right way, you can make a room bigger than it is - that’s something a buyer will notice right away.
  7. It’s not all about the visuals: a nice smelling house is a house that sells. You now know what to do to make your house look great, but what about the other four senses? The next big thing is to take care of your house’s scent. After living somewhere for a while, you stop noticing how your house smells - but that’s not the case for new visitors, like potential buyers. Avoid a possible crisis and make sure your house smells like a palace. The best non-invasive way to do so is to light a few candles. That way, your house will smell better no matter what and it’ll look better too!
  8. Go the extra mile to secure the sale. There are a couple of things you can do to improve your chances of making the sale. The most important one is to get rid of the bright colors of your wall. Even though most people love vivid colors in their house, they’ll shock your system the first time you see them. If you want to (and can afford it) you should paint your house walls in neutral colors. It may not seem like much, but it’s a nice detail - one that can potentially sell your house.
  9. Keep it real. When you stage a house, you always make a lot of changes to it. You remove paintings and you paint your walls. You clean everything and rearrange the furniture. In the midst of things, you might end up overdoing things and making your house look unrealistic. You need to avoid this at all costs. An unrealistic looking house is one where the buyers cannot see themselves living in, one they won’t feel like buying. All your efforts should go into making your house look like a home, not a TV studio set.
  10. Let a professional do it! Staging a home for a sale is hard work. You have to do a million things and a lot of them can go wrong. Failure to properly do it right will make you lose thousands of dollars plus you’ll be stuck in a house you don’t want to live in. The best way to stage a house is to let a team of professionals do it. That way, a good job is guaranteed. And all you have to do is sit back and relax to let it happen!