If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, winter is the perfect time to get the wheels in motion. That means come spring you’ll have laid the groundwork to hire a listing agent and you will be ready to open your house up to potential buyers. An important part of preparing your home for sale is sprucing it up and staging your home so it will show well.
Before staging your home, consider the homes features you will want to complement and enhance. Knowing the style of your home; is it midcentury modern, colonial or a Spanish revival? You want to make sure your staging is reflective of its architectural style. The next step is to set a budget. This budget will include new furnishings and accessories, as well as needed repairs.
10 tips to help you through the staging process and to attract a buyer that’s ready to make the move:
- Enhance curb appeal
Spending a little extra time mowing and trimming the grass and weeding flowerbeds will make a world of difference. Potted plants with flowers placed near the front door are always welcoming and add a nice touch of color.
- Update bathrooms
A bathroom remodel can yield a 62 percent ROI. Features like double sinks, custom showers and attractive light fixtures appeal to homebuyers.
- Clean, clean, clean
It’s no secret a clean home sells faster because people can see the space as opposed to seeing clutter. Mr. Clean magic eraser is great tool for making walls and baseboards look like new. A fresh coat of paint can also provide a fresh, clean look.
- Style and set your dining room table
Even if you only use it once a year, buyers love to see kitchen and dining areas as usable and family friendly. Help them imagine living there and enjoying the home.
- Feng Shui your furniture
Furniture arrangement should allow energy flow in the room. For example, the back of a sofa shouldn’t greet you as you enter a room. Also, use natural light as much as possible and remove any clutter.
- Light it up
The great thing about light fixtures is that they can be recycled! Many styles are timeless and can be spruced up with a bit of paint or new lampshades.
- Be modest with color
Create a gender-neutral color scheme as to not ward off buyers. Reds and browns may be romantic for you but it can be seen as threatening for others, try creams and beiges to welcome homebuyers.
- Maximize your outdoor living space
Stage your outdoor space by making dining or lounge areas that expand the home from indoor. Add pillows, and pops of color to reflect plants or flowers in the yard.
- Finish unfinished projects.
Buyers want a home that is well maintained. Fix any dripping faucets, touch up paint, repair gates and fences and replace burned out light bulbs.
- Highlight your storage space
You want to highlight your homes’ storage. If your closets and cabinets are disorganized buyers will think there is insufficient storage space.
Staging your home to sell doesn’t have to be time consuming. If you don’t want to do it yourself, try contacting a staging company. These trained professionals can design the space based on budget. When selling your home, staging will also make your online photos stand out. Most importantly, it can help your home sell faster and potentially get you a higher offer.