Selling a home is no easy task. From finding the right REALTOR®, undergoing multiple home inspections, to setting the right price, there’s a whole lot that goes into selling a property.
In addition to undergoing these crucial steps, putting some extra effort in updating a home’s look can really make a difference in determining whether or not you receive your asking price. That’s why it’s so important for sellers to successfully style and upgrade their homes before putting them on the market in order to reach a maximum pool of clients.
With that in mind, we gathered seven home staging tips that will help set the stage in making sure your home is in tip-top shape for presentation.
1. Boost curb appeal. It’s no secret that first impressions are huge. Potential buyers will judge your home by its outer appearance before deciding to tour the inside – so having your home’s exterior looking its best is crucial to luring in onlookers. Here are some basic tasks that will bring some major foot traffic into your home.
-Power wash siding and walkways
-Hang easy-to-read house numbers
-Clean up fallen leaves
-Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
-Wash front windows
-Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed
2. Bye, bye clutter. Unnecessary clutter can make even the most attractive spaces look stuffy and unappealing – thus resulting in lower-than-market offers for your home. In addition to decorative and miscellaneous items, one of the major contributors to a messy space is having too much furniture. Before opening your doors to potential buyers, try eliminating extra tables, chairs, sofas, etc. to make your home look more spacious and modern. Remember, less is more.
3. Balance clean and lived-in. Removing clutter doesn’t mean that you have to lose all your personal touches. Keeping decorative elements like vases with fresh cut flowers, a basket of farmer’s market vegetables on the kitchen counter or a bowl of lemons beside the sink will make your home appear warm and inviting – a space in which visitors can picture themselves living in.
4. Group furniture. A common belief is that a room will feel larger if the furniture is pushed up against the walls – but that’s not always the case. Change up your strategy by repositioning your couches a bit closer to the middle of the room and placing them closer together. You’ll notice a space that instantly becomes more user-friendly and feels extended.
5. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. Soft colors like white, mocha, taupe and ivory are favorites when it comes to interiors. If you have bright colored walls, like a sun-kissed orange, it may be time to whip out your paintbrush and change up the look. Rich mid-tone neutrals create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together. So before you put your house on the market, consider upping the ante and splashing a fresh coat of neutral colored paint to your walls.
6. Transform rooms. We all have that one room in our house that doesn’t quite fit. Whether it’s a small nook on the side of a bedroom or an oddly shaped closet, an irregular room can cause a major headache when it comes to prepping for an open house. Instead of trying to conceal it, highlight its quirkiness by adding cool items like a small table or a comfortable armchair to transform the awkward space into an added bonus.
7. Stage the outdoors too. So now that the exterior and interior spaces of your home are open house ready, it’s time to turn our attentions to the backyard. Whether you have a huge lot or a tiny balcony, it’s very important to showcase your outdoor space to its fullest potential. Add a cute café table and chairs, some decorative lighting and fresh flowers (whether in a pot or planted), and you’ll have revamped your ordinary backyard into a friendly and enjoyable hang out spot.
Do you have any home staging tips that made a difference in selling your home? Let us know in the comments below.