Home staging is a huge part of introducing your home to potential buyers. Here are nine tips to help you make the best impression!
Many people think home staging is all about the inside, but the outside needs to be staged just as much as the inside! Buyers usually give your home a drive by before they decide to attend a showing or an open house. The outside of your home is your first chance to make a potential buyer fall in love with your home. Add some potted plants and flowers, weed the garden, mow the lawn and power wash the patios and walkway. Remember, first impressions are everything!
Make It Shine
The inside of your house should be spotless. Clean everything. Dust, sweep, mop, vacuum, and wash the baseboards and windows. Remember that the people coming to see your home will be looking through your cupboards, drawers, under your sinks and in closets. Remember to pay close attention to any odors you might have missed, especially any that might linger near your cat’s litter box. Consider having friend come by to see if the smell is noticeable, as most pet owners get used to their pet’s smell.
Color and Light
Colors that are too bright can turn buyers away from your home. Paint over bold colors with a more neutral color for more widespread appeal. A neutrally colored home not only looks bigger, but neutral colors attract more buyers. Get some lighter colored curtains and open up the blinds to allow as much natural light in as possible throughout the whole home. Lighting plays a huge role in setting the mood of a house.
Take down Personal Items
A cluttered home can turn a buyer away from a home in an instant. Your goal should be to present the buyers with your home, not your knickknacks. Take down personal items like photos, awards, electronics and collectables to make it easier for buyers to see themselves living in the space.
Consider replacing or removing any outdated or worn out furnishings that might be sitting around the house. Try breaking up furniture sets and spread the pieces throughout the house to draw the house together. You may want to consult a professional home stager for direction on style and design or even details for companies that rent out furnishings.
Get Some Art
You might want to invest in some art for your walls to breathe some life into your home. It can be anything from paintings to photography, just try to bring a colorful contemporary feel to the room!
Take Care of Repairs
Fix squeaky doors, chipped paint, and any leaky faucets that you have always put off. Drippy faucets and peeling paint jobs are indicators to the buyers of neglect of the home, which is a huge turn-off for buyers.
Remember the Floors
Replace or get rid of old warn carpet, and try to refinish old worn hardwood floors. And remember, a new area rug can go a long way towards disguising old flooring!
Get New Light Fixtures
You can refresh a room by replacing any old or dated light fixtures, light switches, outlets and door hardware. If a fixture looks too old it can draw attention to the age of the house to buyers, so try to go for a more modern feel!
These tips can help you present your home in the best possible light so you can sell it as soon as possible!
If you’d like to sell your home, contact Karsten & Associates today to get the process started!