For Sale to Sold: Steps to Staging Your Home
Â When you are ready to sell your home, then, itâ€™s important to stage it properly.Â You want to evoke a feeling of warmth.Â Staging a home doesnâ€™t have to be expensive, you can use the items you already have in your possession.Â Â I tell my sellers itâ€™s important to â€œinviteâ€ the buyer inâ€¦you want buyers to feel as if they are â€œat homeâ€.Â Think about that new model home and how itâ€™s stagedâ€¦that is what you want.Â Here are some simple steps to help your home sell faster:
Hang artwork, but limit
the family photos.Â A few family photos
are fine, but not entire walls or shelves worth.Â Make sure artwork or wall art is hung at, or
slightly below, eye level.
Use neutral paint colors; it really makes the areas look larger.Â Nothing is wrong with doing a splash of color or doing one accent wall in a bold color.Â You just donâ€™t want buyers to feel they have to put in a lot of energy to make it their home.Â If I list a home and the seller isnâ€™t willing to change the bold colors, then I suggest the sellers offer to repaint the walls in a neutral color before they leave and then, market it that way.
Donâ€™t allow the kitchen to be the â€œcatch-allâ€.Â Buyers are looking for that â€œdesigner kitchenâ€.Â Take down all the kidsâ€™ fridge drawings and pizza magnets (we all have them).Â Put away small appliances that you donâ€™t use every dayâ€¦especially if itâ€™s a small kitchen.Â The more items on a counter give an impression of the space being small and cramped.Â
Remove extra furnitureâ€¦you want the space to look large and inviting.Â Too many furniture pieces can make the room look messy and small.Â You want this to look like a home, not a furniture store. Â
Use baskets for your
remotes or magazines (or, for all your hubbies stuff that he pulls out of his
Remember the curb appealâ€¦try to
spruce up the lawn and make it greener.Â
If you can afford to, sod the yard.Â
Remove debris.Â Add flowers for a
pop of color.Â Power wash the homeâ€¦you
can do-it-yourself, easily.Â And, paint
Finally, keep the house clean.Â There is nothing worse than taking a buyer
into a home that is filthy.
Itâ€™s important to do these steps before you actually market the home.Â As a listing agent, donâ€™t be afraid to tell the seller what needs to be done before you market the home.Â Let them know that it will take time and effort on their part, but they will be rewarded with selling their home, faster, and possibly at a better price.Â Â