Home Staging That Helps You Sell Quickly
You’ve made the big decision to sell your home, and, now, you’d like the sale to progress quickly. After all, the weather may be perfect for changing locations or you may have your eye on a dream property that has just gone on the market.
If you want to show your home to the best advantage, most realtors will recommend staging. Staging is the art of “packaging” your product – the home – to display it to its best advantage. It ensures that your home looks its best and appeal to the audience you are trying to attract. You want your customers to be able to picture themselves living there.
In staging a home, your biggest asset is the imagination of prospective buyers.
Than Merrill, CEO of CT Homes
In fact, research has shown that not only do staged homes sell faster, but buyers are willing to offer more for a staged home than for a comparable one that isn’t staged.
You can hire an expert to stage your home for you, but if you’d prefer to do it yourself, take note of these suggestions from realtors and staging experts.
Tuck Away Treasures
You may love your family photos or the knickknacks that Aunt Mabel left to you, but they can get in the way of making a sale, because they are too personal. Buyers need to be able to envision the home as theirs, and it’s difficult to do so if there are too many personal touches. Put away all those heirlooms, collectibles, photos and other items that make the house a home. It should have a spare, polished appearance instead.
Cut the Clutter
Clean surfaces and uncrowded rooms call out to buyers. No one likes clutter – it’s a battle we’re all constantly waging – so why imagine that it will attract purchasers? You may want to consider removing a few items of furniture from your rooms so the space opens up.
In addition, clear appliances off your kitchen counters, remove a number of items from shelves; straighten those that remain; and keep surfaces clear of clutter. You will need to find someplace to store the items you’ve move out of the way, whether it’s in a friend’s basement or a rented storage unit. Consider this an opportunity to start the sorting and purging process that you’ll need to undertake once the house is sold.
Paint is one of the cheapest ways to change the look of your home to make it more appealing to the multitudes. As much as you may love your red kitchen walls or your hot pink powder room, the colours may be too specific for other tastes. Unusual wall colours often prevent a buyer from imagining themselves living in a particular room. “A fresh coat of a neutral paint color and a little sweat equity can go a long way,” stager/realtor Julie Richter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Cue Curb Appeal
You have only one chance to make a first impression, says the old adage, and the first thing prospective buyers see is the front of your home. Keep yourself in the running by sprucing up the front of your home. This might mean applying a fresh (and cheery) coat of paint to the front door; power washing the front walk and steps; or mowing the lawn and trimming the shrubs.
Keep It Clean
If cleanliness is next to godliness, it is also essential to show your home to advantage. Keep your home tidy at all times, because realtors may want to schedule showings when you least expect one. When you clean, pay attention to detail: baseboards, switch plates, cupboards, backsplash and windowsills all matter. Consider hiring a cleaning service to assist you. Also, be sure to eradicate pet odours; if a showing is scheduled, put a pot on the stove with water and some cinnamon sticks and bring it to a boil for a welcoming, homey smell to the house.
It’s the Little Things
Small touches can make a big difference in presenting your home in an appealing way. Don’t overlook the details, such as:
- Use some potpourri in the washroom;
- Leave a rubber duck on the edge of the bathtub so buyers can picture their children feeling at home;
- Place a couple of books on end tables;
- A vase of flowers can brighten a kitchen or dining room table; and
- Place some decorative hand towels in the kitchen.
By paying attention to these staging suggestions, you should soon be sealing the deal and moving to your new abode.