Are you thinking about selling your home? With spring being a good time to list your house, now is the best time to prepare for that. Before you contact your real estate agent, get prepared. The following are some tried and true staging tips to help..
Detaching: This is a big step to take, and for many who only do this a few times in life, sometimes the hardest. Take the time now to say goodbye. Move from room to room, take pictures, gather your memories, if this is your children’s childhood home, invite them home to do this with you.
Depersonalize: Taking the “you” out of your home. This is a crucial step. People will be not be able to visualize themselves in your home if “you” are still in it. But if you have now turned your home into just a house, they can. Remove all pictures from around your home, framed or not. Artwork and home decor which are highly colorful and unusual, are also seen as personal items and need to be removed. Make sure articles of clothing are nowhere but hanging in your closet. Take all personal items out of your bathroom, just about strip this area of anything but the essentials, and make sure its clean! Leave a small glass vase of fresh greenery near the sink for an appearance of freshness.
Cleaning: Scrub a Dub! This can be an overwhelming process. Beg, hire, or borrow some help. Clean your walls, trim, doors, floors, lights, cabinets, furniture, and last but most important, your windows! Clean them, till those babies sparkle!
Repairs: Hire a handy-man for this one if need be. Broken light fixtures, fans that have stopped working, chipped Formica, all need to be repaired. Paint walls a neutral tone, and touch up paint on doors and trim.
Curb Appeal: This is SO important. If the outside appearance of your home is displeasing, some buyers won’t even bother to come in. Try to see your home with a critical outsider’s perspective. Take a step back from the property. Should your shrubs and trees be pruned or removed? Anything that hinders your view of the front door should be removed. Garden art, outdoor furniture, name signs, wind chimes, and pots can all be viewed as personal items and so think carefully about your choices on the exterior of your place. If your front door, trim or house color packs a punch, better pull out those paint brushes to repaint a classic neutral color. Clean and do exterior repairs.
Staging your rooms: Position a few, well thought-out pieces of furniture in each room. Choose clean, neutral ones. Anything that takes the eye away from the architectural aspect of your place needs to be removed, such as bold and big decor items. Adding key details that will appeal to your buyers is important. Research who your market is and market trends. You may be tempted to use the following areas for storage, but it would be better to rent a storage unit because your garage, closets, basements, and outbuildings will be under scrutiny also.
Staging is the complete opposite of designing and your home may feel as if its boring. Design caters to your individual taste, staging is the process of removing that. Your hard efforts will pay off. You will be able to sell your home faster and for a higher price. Best wishes to you.