Top 10 Staging Tips – Sell Your Home Like A Pro!
When it comes to selling your home – whether you’re using a real estate agent or doing an FSBO (for sale by owner) sale, staging is very important. Staging allows you to bring out the best in your home, and make it attractive to buyers.
According to the National Association of Realtors,77% of buyer’s agents said that staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home, and 40% are more willing to walk through a home in-person if it’s staged in online pictures.
If you’re thinking about staging your home, follow these tips, and you’ll be able to sell your home like a pro!
1. Start By Cleaning And Decluttering
The first step to staging your home is to clean it from top to bottom. You don’t need it to be absolutely spotless, but the main living areas should be totally free of dust, dirty carpeting, pet hair and dander, and other such things.
You should also declutter. It’s usually best to leave your furniture in place, but remove unnecessary items like home media collections, tchotchkes, and so on. You can move them to a storage unit, or to an area like the basement where they are out of sight.
2. Depersonalize As Much As You Can
Home buyers want to visualize themselves inside your home, so remove family photos, memorabilia, and other such things, so that they have a more “neutral” image of the home.
3. Stage Where It Counts
According to the National Association of Realtors survey referenced above, not all rooms have the same importance when it comes to staging. Surveyed buyers said that the following rooms were either “Very important” or “somewhat important” for staging.
- Living Room(55% Very Important, 31% Somewhat Important)
- Master Bedroom (51% Very Important, 33% Somewhat Important)
- Kitchen (41% Very Important, 27% Somewhat Important)
- Yard/Outside Space (30% Very Important, 33% Somewhat Important)
- Dining Room (29% Very Important, 42% Somewhat Important
Other areas, like bathrooms, children’s rooms, guest rooms, and basements were ranked as much less important than these 5 areas. So focus your efforts here – and they’ll have the most impact!
4. Patch And Repair
This is the perfect time to patch and repair small holes in drywall, and other minor imperfections. Get rid of scuffs, scrapes and damage, and spackle and caulk larger holes, repainting as necessary.
You want to make your property look well-maintained and in good condition – and doing so will maximize the price it sells for! So don’t skip this step.
5. Make A Good First Impression
Your walkway, front steps, and front door are the first things a buyer will notice. Remove things like seasonal decoration and lawn ornaments.
Consider power-washing your home and your driveway/walkways in order to remove dirt and grime. You could also consider repainting your front door, and doing some improvements to your front porch or entryway.
6. Rearrange Your Furniture
Unless you’re hiring a professional staging company (which is expensive), you’ll probably be keeping large pieces of furniture, like your dining room and kitchen sets, couches and chairs, and other such items in your home until it sells.
But that doesn’t mean you should keep it where it is. Try to rearrange your furniture so that viewers of your home will have an easily-walkable path through the entire property. This open, walkable space helps them visualize filling each room with their own furniture.
You may also want to consider getting rid of any pieces of furniture that are oversized or out of style, or that are damaged in some way. Stick it in a storage unit to get it out of the way.
7. Brighten Up The Place
A brighter home seems happier and more welcoming to buyers. Light also helps rooms look bigger. So, to make sure your home makes the best impression, keep your blinds and drapes wide open, and get as much natural light into your home as you can.
You may even want to replace your window treatments if they’re old or difficult to use, as this will make a good impression on potential buyers.
You can also use mirrors to make rooms seem brighter. A couple of high-quality wall mirrors are a great way to add some decoration to your home without excessive personalization, and the reflective surface helps rooms feel brighter and bigger.
8. Keep It Fresh And Green
A few well-placed plants are a great way to add a bit of freshness, life, and style to your home. Place a vase of bright flowers on your kitchen table, display a few ferns in the living room, and stick some succulents in the bathroom – you’d be surprised at the difference it makes. Don’t have a green thumb? You can always use fake plants. We won’t tell!
You should also try to make sure there are no noticeable odors in your house. This can be hard to do, because of “nose blindness” – we get used to smelling our own homes, and don’t notice scents that could be turn-offs to others.
Keep your trash bin clear, install some scented plug-ins in each room, spray some air freshener in your house, and make sure your carpets and upholstered furniture are clean, to minimize odors.
9. Repaint With Neutral Colors
This is much more intensive than our other steps – but it’s a good idea if your home has garish colors in some areas, or ugly wallpaper. Repainting these areas with a cool, neutral color like a gray or taupe can help you deal with this issue, and provide a more neutral space for potential home buyers.
10. Hire A Professional Photographer After You’re Done Staging
Almost all home buyers start by looking at online listings. If you’ve gone through the trouble of staging your home according to our tips, you should hire a professional real estate photographer to snap photos of your home. They’ll be able to bring out the best of your property, and attract more buyers!
Follow These Tips – And Tackle The Staging Process!
These staging tips are all relatively simple, and can make a huge difference when selling your home. So take another look at them now, and think about which ones you can use to make your property more appealing to buyers – and get a quick sale!
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Author: Ryan Cruz
Ryan received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of La Verne. Ryan has a strong passion for marketing and the real estate industry while leading and managing all online marketing efforts for Max Cash Home Offers.