Staging your home to sell is a great thing to do before a showing or an open house. Staging is one of those things that when done right lets a potential buyer picture themselves in your home. When they say first impressions are everything, they really are when it comes to selling your home. When staging your home we want you to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it done right. When you follow these tips that we are about to share with you, you can stage your home like a pro in no time.
Four staging ideas that will save you time and money:
- Take away all of the personalization.
- Take time to really clean.
- Get rid of all the clutter.
- Let the natural light in.
Take away all of the personalization.
What does it mean to depersonalize your home? You must get rid of anything and everything that has a tie to your family. Whether it’s pictures, artwork, letters, awards, etc. all of these things make it hard for a buyer to picture themselves inside your home. Instead, it feels like they are walking through a museum viewing all of your family’s memories.
Take time to really clean.
Before a showing, your home needs a good cleaning. This is more than a quick run through before your dinner guests or family arrive. This cleaning needs to be very thorough, as potential buyers are going to be looking at every little thing before they decide to make an offer or not. That means you need to wipe down the walls, get rid of the odors, and clean the carpets.
Get rid of all the clutter.
Do you have too much “stuff” sitting around? If so, it’s time to pitch it, sell it, or give it away. You don’t want to take clutter in your new home and you surely don’t want to have to move it just to put it in the basement later. If you don’t have a place for it, it may be best to set up a garage sale or donate it to a local charity or shelter. Clutter distracts potential buyers and makes your home look smaller because you just don’t have the room to put away your “stuff” nicely.
Let the natural light in.
Remember, natural light is better than light from lamps or ceiling fans. Letting natural light illuminate your home will bring in a feeling of warmth that a light bulb cannot. If possible, leave all of your curtains open during a showing or open house to really brighten up your home and let it shine in the best light possible.
If you are ready to put your home up for sale and schedule your first open house, be sure to contact us today!