Creating an exceptional first impression is the key to selling any piece of real estate. Here are seven steps you can follow for staging your home.
- Prepare Your Space
Before you actually start staging your home, give your house a good cleaning. Whether you’re a DIYer or use a professional, start the process with a thorough cleaning (Moving.com fully endorses this). The biggest mistake that inexperienced sellers make is to simply clean the house because they “have to”. Take your time.
If you’re working with an agent, you can either give the home a professional cleaning (with professional-grade products) or let your agent or realtor do it. Your agent or realtor can get quotes from cleaning service companies so that you don’t pay much, but you can also be careful not to overspend.
- Declutter and Organize
Your home reflects who you are. You want your space to be attractive, livable, and ideally, make potential buyers imagine their own dream home. Take inventory of your furniture, knick-knacks, artwork, and various household items, and donate, dispose, or recycle anything that doesn’t represent who you are as a person. Some people prefer to go through closets and drawers one item at a time, removing items they no longer need or love. Others get rid of everything — regardless of whether it’s worn, broken, or sitting in a drawer collecting dust. You can donate it to charity or sell it online. To create the best first impression, take the time to declutter.
- Rearrange Furniture
Whether your current furniture design takes up a significant amount of space or not, now is the perfect time to make the necessary adjustments to make the interior of your home feel more spacious and inviting.
- Pack Away Unnecessary Belongings
I think all homes on the market can benefit from a thorough staging. Keep this in mind: what you think is necessary to make a positive impression can, in fact, take away from it. My best advice to clients who want to sell their homes is to start decluttering months before you’re ready to list.
Staging your home is hard work. If you create a spare bedroom or dining room so clutter-free that it looks like a designer will live there (which, in theory, they will), you’ll eliminate the burden of staging. Even if you have plenty of clutter, the home will look more inviting and maintain its wow factor if it’s staged correctly.
- Add Greenery
Your first impression is the first you show a prospective buyer. Your home’s exterior will greet prospective buyers and reflect how well your home fits the climate. Make the most of your yard by adding plenty of fresh greenery. Including a few mature trees, bushes and flowers will make your front yard appear inviting and in good shape. Avoid putting in too many big trees and leave a good deal of space between the trees to allow the sunlight to hit the greenery.
Your front yard is your first impression. Make sure it looks inviting by maintaining your lawn and flowers. If you want to encourage more visitors to your home, create a welcoming atmosphere by replacing worn garden beds with colorful planters.
- Play With Interior Light
An easy way to transform a house is to brighten the interior of your home with the right lights. Choose a light fixture that complements your home’s color scheme and atmosphere.
When choosing your light fixture, make sure to pay close attention to the placement of the fixture, as it will affect how well it lights the room. For instance, it is best to place your lighting on a higher level of a staircase or a balcony that overlooks a large area.
- Get Help From a Professional
Staging your home is a time-consuming process that requires substantial prepping. Hiring a professional interior designer to guide you is a smart investment. Use a home stager to add personality to your home and create a fresh look for when you list it on the market. There are several online resources you can use to learn how to use a stager or how to hire a professional. Hire a pro to transform your home and make it look as good as it ever has.
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