Preparing to sell your home can be overwhelming, and getting it ready to showcase can add stress to an already overwhelming process. One of the most important aspects of selling your home is staging, as it is what can make your home appeal to potential buyers. Your home’s perfect imperfections that were so endearing to you may not be to others. It is important to create a neutral and welcoming environment that will help buyers envision themselves living there. In this article, we will provide you with expert tips and tricks to get your home properly staged to sell quickly.
Declutter and Depersonalize
The first and most important aspect of staging a home for sale is removing unnecessary items cluttering your space. This means removing heavy furniture, excessive decor, books, or electronics. Remember that potential buyers want to imagine the space as their own, so your personal belongings and sentimental items will only detract from their vision. It also makes it harder for them to imagine where their own things could go. We recommend that all personal photographs be put away during showings so as not to distract buyers.
Deep cleaning is a fundamental aspect of staging. Nothing takes away from the beauty and appeal of a home more than dirt and grime. Start by cleaning all carpets and furniture, wiping down every surface (including walls and ceilings), and thoroughly cleaning all appliances. You want your home to sparkle and shine for every showing. Don’t forget to dust more than what your arm can reach, like ceiling fan blades, tops of cabinets, and even the curtains. A clean home not only looks more beautiful but can also make buyers more confident about the home’s overall condition.
Highlight the Key Features
When selling your home, it is important to emphasize its best features. This could be a beautiful view, natural light, unique architecture, or even high ceilings. Ensure that all of these features are highlighted in the staging of the space. For example, use light-colored curtains to bring light into the room or use the right-sized rugs to highlight the space’s unique features. Furthermore, one way to show off the beautiful features of your house would be to stage the furniture so that potential customers feel at ease while experiencing the fullness of the space.
Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh coat of paint to instantly perk up a home. If you plan to paint in preparation for selling your house, choosing a neutral color scheme is better, as it makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine their furniture in the spaces. It also helps disguise any little scratches, dings, or other imperfections. Remember, the point is not to highlight the colors of your preference in the space but to create a cohesive and welcoming space that appeals to a wider array of potential buyers.
Hire a Professional Stager
If you want to take your staging to the next level or are intimidated by the process, a professional stager can be of immense help. They will have an unbiased eye and ensure the entire house is ready for selling. In addition, they’ll recommend renting or buying additional furniture, adding strategic accessories, and they’ll offer tips on enhancing curb appeal with additional lighting or landscaping. While hiring a professional stager can be costly, most agree it is well worth the investment to ensure a quick sale at a desirable price point.
Staging your home for sale can be intimidating, but it is an essential part of the home-selling process that can make all the difference. Follow the tips above to create a welcoming and beautiful environment buyers can envision living in. By decluttering, highlighting your unique features, deep cleaning, repainting, and hiring a professional stager, you can maximize the potential for a sale at an excellent price point in less time.
Remember, staging is about showing off what is beautiful about your home, creating an inviting appearance, and making a lasting impression on potential buyers. Do you need an experienced realtor to step you through the home selling process? Call me at 717-253-3259 or visit my website at www.karentavenner.com.