Most sellers, buyers, and agents agree that staging a home is as important as the other phases of the home selling/buying process. Homes staged to the buyers’ tastes and preferences are more likely to sell faster than the other homes. This allows them to visualize what it would be like to live there; therefore, helping them with their decision-making and narrowing down their alternatives. Make your home stand out from the rest of the market, and take it a step further with staged homes. Buyers looking into these are more willing to prepare offers right at the asking price – or even just above it!
Here are 8 tips on how to stage your home, and sell it faster:
- Make repairs. Do a full home inspection, put together a list of items that need attending to, and fix them up starting with the ones that require the most overhaul. From replacing hardwood floors down to repairing squeaky doors. Taking care of the improvements can significantly increase the value of your home, and profoundly appeal to interested buyers.
- Enhance curb appeal. This is the first thing buyers (or bystanders) see when arriving at your home. Lure them in with freshly mown lawn, trimmed overgrown bushes, and clean walkways and windows. You might also want to consider placing welcome mats, potted plants, and outdoor furniture if there’s enough space on the porch to make it more inviting.
- Get rid of clutter. “De-cluttering” doesn’t mean putting everything in a closet and calling it a day (since buyers tend to check on those spaces too). Remove your personal belongings from visible surfaces (even in the not-so-visible surfaces), and box up other possessions to be stored out of your home temporarily. Clear out the clutter for a more attractive home!
- Choose neutral colors. This doesn’t necessarily mean painting your entire home white nor opting for the traditional colors like beige, taupe, and gray. Instead, they can range from warm (yellow, orange, or red) to cool (green, blue, or violet) neutral colors that can be used in any room of your home. The key is to understand the tones, and to know how to balance the colors.
- Deep clean every nook and cranny. With “de-cluttering” out of the way, you can start cleaning every room in the home. Dust off corners, wipe surfaces, and sweep and mop floors. Make the kitchen and bathrooms so clean you could “eat off the floor”! Naturally, this requires a lot of time and effort so take into account hiring professional cleaners to do the job for you.
- Rearrange or rent furniture. Sometimes, simply adjusting or repositioning your furniture will be more than enough when staging a room; however, in some cases, your existing furnishings are not best suited to the concept of your home staging so renting ones that do may be the best choice. In doing so, you have to transiently remove some of your current furnishing.
- Great lighting. Getting the lighting right is crucial for home staging. How a room turns out can depend on the type of lighting you use. Buyers usually prefer to see bright, open rooms that create a spacious, living atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to explore the many different options before selecting the lightings that will best complement each room being staged.
- Pay attention to the outdoor space. Just as you meticulously upgraded the front of your house, boosting the charm of your backyard (and/or garage) can also go a long way. Tidy up the space, set suitable furniture on the patio, and clean the swimming pool (if there is one). Create a relaxing environment. A well-staged backyard can be one of the selling points of your home.
Understandably, all of these can be too much to handle for one person, and you might find yourself overwhelmed. If this is the case, you may want to consider hiring professional home stagers to help you out. On average, a home seller can spend between $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 for this type of service; however, some people find it’s worth if you take into account the end result of the situation. Always remember that at the end of the day, you want the buyers to say: “I can see myself living here”. Focus on the things they want