So, you are looking to do some home staging in order to sell your home quickly? Who doesn’t want to get their house sold in a short amount of time? If you are new here, then I will just say that my wife and I have just listed our home for sale. We are looking to move to a better neighborhood, but we want to sell our home quickly. With mortgage rates slowly on the rise, it is time to make the move. Before our home officially went on the market, we had quite a bit of interest. Why you ask? We staged our home to make it more appealing! Home staging is extremely important and the way you make the best first impression you can.
Home Staging Tips
I am not home staging expert, but my mother is! She is a seasoned interior designer that has done hundreds of show homes around our area. She is one of the best in this area, so I gladly accept her advice. When someone who does home staging for a living wants to give you free advice, you take it! I figured I would pass along some of her best home staging tips for anyone looking to do it on their own. These are in no particular order, just how they came up in my head.
This is one is a very important step when you are staging a home. Cleaning your home can make a huge difference. The same goes with repairs. If you do can do some of the basic repairs around your home, then make sure they are done before potential buyers step in the home. My wife and I have just spent two weeks cleaning up our home to make it as clean as possible. I have done most of the repairs, along with pressure washing our home, fence, and driveway. It has made a major difference.
Before anyone steps into your home you need to declutter. Having stuff around your home is never going to allow people to visualize it. Rent a storage unit to get stuff out of your home. Whatever you need to do, just make sure you don’t have too much stuff in your home.
Remove Personal Belonging
This tip goes in line with decluttering. When you are removing extra stuff from your home, you need to make sure to remove your personal belongings. Why? People want to be able to see themselves in the home. They don’t need to see pictures of your, your family, and whatever you like. Remove personal belongings and put up generic items. Change out pictures and find a suitable replacements.
Another quick tip that can irritate some is to remove all religious references. You have no idea who is going to be looking at your home. There are a diverse mix of religions in our world, so you need to make sure you don’t offend someone when they walk into your home. Remember, you are trying to sell your house, so religious items need to go.
You want people to see how much space they have to work with when they look around your home. You should look at every opportunity to maximize space. Can a smaller chair go there? Are there too many things in your bathroom or shower? Maximizing space is all about picking the right item to go where. Don’t stuff items around your home. Clear out items and open up as much space as you can.
You want to make a great first impression. That impression starts when a potential buyer walks up to your home. How does it look from the outside? How is your landscaping? Cleaning up the mulch, cutting the lawn, planting some nice flowers can make a world of difference. If you are selling in the winter, like we are, then just clean up the dead plants and refresh the mulch if you have any. Once places start selling some nice flowers, then pick some up and plant them.
Lighting is often overlooked. Lighting can really bring out the features of your home without you even realizing it. There are a lot of different lighting options out there that can really make your home pop. If you are going to be showing your home in the evening, then make sure you have your lights on. Turn on all your lights to make every aspect of your home visible. If you have any burnt out lights, the replace them. If you have mixed and matched color tones, then get all of the same color. Don’t forget about this simple tip when staging your home. Replacing some of your lighting fixtures also goes a long way by creating an entirely different look within your home. One option is to install some pendant lighting fixtures in a few rooms to give those rooms a classy, elegant feel. These lights can be purchased with anywhere between one and six bulbs, so you can make your selection depending on the amount of light that you want in the room. They also come in a variety of different styles, giving you multiple options when upgrading your interior lighting to make a quick sale.
No Random Furniture
This is a big one that most don’t look at. Does your furniture match? Does it look like it belongs where you placed it? You don’t want your home to look like a college dorm. Random furniture is never a good idea. Make sure your rooms flow and the furniture looks like it belongs. No one wants to purchase your college dorm.
What kind of color paint have you used in your home? Well, if it is not a neutral color, then think about repainting. There is a power behind neutral colors. When someone steps into your home, they usually don’t want to see bright colors. It can be a turnoff. Though it is only paint, people like to see soothing colors. Neutral colors can make it easier for people to see themselves in your home. Make it easier for buyers by making your home more neutral.
Take Care of Pet Odors
We know all too well about this home staging step. If you have pets in your home, then you need to work on removing pet odors. If you have been living in your home for some time, then you have become accustomed to the smell. You don’t realize there is anything wrong, but when people walk into your home that may not be used to it, they can smell it. A deep carpet cleaning can really do wonders on pet odors. We had to replace our carpet because of how bad it was stained from our dogs. Remember, not everyone is a pet owner, so refresh your home and remove the pet odors.
These home staging tips are not all encompassing when you want to sell your home. You just need to know that buyers like to find move in ready homes. Yes, there are some that love to find fixer uppers, but that is a minority. The more you can make your home move in ready, the better. One big home staging tip that my mother gave is that you should accessorize your home, but make sure it doesn’t look too lived in. Home staging can take a lot of time, but it doesn’t mean you need to hire a professional to do it. Think about things you would want to see when you are shopping for a home.
What home staging tips would you provide? Have you staged your home when looking to sell? How did it work out for you?
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