In today’s slower housing market, staging your home for potential buyers is now a necessity. Longer sale cycles and a smaller pool of potential buyers make it imperative to work every angle available to you. In fact, it’s been shown that staging your home can even expedite its sale.
Staging your home is not the same thing as tidying up before an open house or showing appointment. Yes, you do need to have a clean bathroom, but you also have to think about downplaying your presence in the home so that potential buyers focus on the house itself, rather than your stuff.
1. Remove personal items and excess clutter.
Photos and personal belongings make it difficult for potential buyers to picture themselves living in your home. Removing excess furniture and nick-knacks makes your home appear larger. This also reduces the risk of potential buyers being turned off if they don’t have the same aesthetic tastes. Look at magazines layouts to get a feel for how much to pare down. Realize this is the first stage of packing to move, and treat it as such.
2. Clean your home thoroughly or invest in a cleaning service.
Washing, dusting and scrubbing can make your home appealing to any homebuyer. Concentrate on the kitchen and bathrooms, which tend to need the most cleaning attention. Don’t forget to have your windows washed inside and out.
3. Repaint your front door.
First impressions are important when it comes to selling your home. Your front door should not show any signs of weathering. The walkway should be manicured and free of weeds or leaves. Invest in a new doormat, and make sure your mailbox and house numbers are in good shape.
4. Create a welcoming aroma.
Bake cookies or bread before an open house, or boil a pot of spices like cloves or ginger. You’ll not only make buyers feel at home, but it will help mask any lingering pet or cigarette odors.
5. Help potential buyers visualize living in your home.
You can encourage this visualization process by hanging extra mirrors in the place of family photos so buyers can literally “see themselves” in your home.
If you find your need professional help, your real estate agent can offer advice or recommend a professional stager. Either way, don’t be afraid to add your own spin to these tips. Properly staging your home for sale requires some effort, but the outcome can pay huge dividends when your home sells quickly at the price you want.