When it comes to selling your home, preparation and presentation can be the keys to selling faster and for a better price. While improving the home’s curb appeal can definitely help, interiors are always the most important selling point. That’s where home staging comes in. Home staging is an art of preparing and styling a home for sale. Unlike interior design and decorating, the purpose and intent of home staging is to use lifestyle selling techniques to allow a potential buyer to be able to envision themselves in a home. Here are expert-proven tips on how to stage a house to sell.
After location and price, the next factor that determines how fast your home sells is the buyer’s perception. You only get one chance to make an impression and preparation is vital. Start by improving the overall curb appeal of your home. Paint the house if necessary, power wash and weed the driveway, mow the lawn and prune hedging so it has a neat appearance. Consider adding some greenery and bedding plants if your garden doesn’t have color. Consider taking photos of your garden when in bloom so you potential buyers can have a view of how your gardens at their best.
The most essential task to the interior for staging a house to sell entails purging and cleaning. Get rid of knick-knacks and personal items from all surfaces. Do not just hide them in closets as potential buyers usually look into those, and you want your house to look roomy. Put all your spare belongings in boxes and get them out of the house. After de-cluttering, do a deep cleaning. Ensure that your bathroom and kitchen sparkle and that the toilet lids are closed before any showings. Open the windows to allow fresh air into the house. Avoid scented candles and air fresheners as these may make your prospective buyers feel itchy. If you have pets, be sure to wash everything they touch – no one like pet odors and stains. It is recommended you hire a professional cleaning company to do the job if your budget allows it.
One the main purposes of home staging is to enable potential buyers envision themselves in the home. The best way to achieve this is to set as blank of a canvas as you possibly can. You certainly want your house to have style and charm, but it should also be devoid of personal touches that suggest it belongs to the seller and not the buyer. Remove any personal photos, including framed photos on walls and surface as well as anything that is hanging on your fridge. Keep your clothes away and out of sight, and remove personal items, such as toothbrushes and contact solution from bathroom counters. While de-personalizing may make your home look a little weird to live in, it helps buyers connect better with the property.
Buyers normally like to see bright rooms, thus lighting is a crucial part of staging a house. Take advantage of natural light by opening your blinds and curtains. Apart from letting in more light, opening blinds on all windows also makes rooms seem bigger. Consider adding supplemental lighting where necessary and fix any broken or outdated lighting fixtures. If your existing lighting fixtures are still in a good condition, make sure to dust them, clean them off to let more light through.
You want to make sure that there’s as much space as possible. This allows buyers to traverse the space as well as better envision their own furniture in each room. A good rule of the thumb is to remove about half of your furniture. Your house will look more appealing and spacious to most buyers when there is less furniture in it. If your furniture does not look good or you’ve already moved it to your new home, then you can rent nice, new pieces. Once you decide the type of furniture that will occupy your staged home, position tables, chairs and couches away from your walls. This design technique helps you create a cozy space for chatting with family and friends.
Making sure that every single room has defined purpose allows buyers to see how they can utilize the home’s square footage. If you have a junk room, make it a guest bedroom. A finished basement can be transformed into an entertainment room while a finished attic can become a home office. Even if the buyer will not want to use the room for the same purpose, it helps them to see that every inch of the home is usable space. This includes breakfast nooks, corners, window seats, alcoves and so on.
Cracks in the walls and ceiling can be a good indication of foundation problems. If your home has foundation problems, consider fixing them or alert potential buyers to them. That said, it is advisable you fix them early if you are want to get your home sold fast. If the foundation only looks bad but the inspector says it’s in a good condition, fix the cracks so you do not scare off potential buyers.
No wants to live with dirty stained carpets, especially if someone else made it that way. While hardwoods may be pricey, they add value and elegance to a home. They also require little maintenance, provide great long-term value and are a perfect option for buyers with allergies. You can install hardwood floors in common areas of your house like the living room and dining room. In bathrooms and kitchens, go with stone or ceramic tile if you can afford it. Alternatively, you can use vinyl tiles as they mimic these expensive materials.
Even if you have a lot of money, you don’t have to spend too much on the staging process. Your agent should be able to help you make specific changes that will increase the value of your home and entice the buyers who come for viewings.