If you want to sell your home, be prepared to do some staging. That means make your home look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens. Just kidding. What it really means is putting your home’s best foot forward. When you stage your home for sale it means giving the best impression the first time, every time.
For a few years the real estate market has been a buyer’s market. Reports show that is starting to change, and soon it could be a seller’s market. If that’s the case, which I believe it is, anyone who has been thinking about selling their home will list it soon, and there will be a lot of homes on the market.
To get a leg up on the competition, you’d best think hard about how to stage your home for sale. You don’t need to hire a professional to do this. Here are some staging tips I give my Pleasant Valley Real Estate clients when they are preparing to sell their home:
Four Tips on How to Stage Your Home
1. Create Open Spaces
People need to see themselves living in your house and not focus on how you live there. Creating an open-space feeling makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how they would make your house their house. This might mean getting rid of extraneous furniture pieces such as end tables you never use, that scary rocker no one ever sits in, and the book case that has no books in it. Here are some examples of spacious rooms.
2. De-clutter Your Home
Your clutter can have a negative impact on potential buyers. Pack up the paraphernalia that you don’t use every day, and store it away somewhere out of site. Hang up coats in the closet, not on the quick-and-easy coat rack. Tidy up “drop zones,” where you and your family tend to drop all their stuff when they come in the door, and find a hidden home for all that junk.
3. Clean Up the Kitchen
Kitchens have a big impact on the sale of a house. Clear off the countertops as much as you can. Put appliances in cupboards and create a place to hang dish towels out of sight. The less stuff you have on your counters the better. Here are some photos of tidy kitchens. Note how the dish towel in the one photo really detracts the eye.
4. Make the Bathrooms Sparkle
Give all that grungy tile a good scrubbing. Try plain old cider vinegar to clean the grout. It will turn dingy grout white again. Most important, invest in a new shower curtain!
Pleasant Valley Real Estate offers staging services as part of our listing package. We show you what needs to be done and in some cases we recommend moving furniture around. We will tell you what to pack up and store and what other things need to be taken care of. Please feel free to contact me for a free consult!