When you’re ready to sell, staging your home can make a great first impression on potential buyers. These six tips will help you make the most out of your home staging process
Deep Clean and Repair
Before it is time to stage and sell your home, you must detox the space. Decluttering and deep cleaning will remove distractions from buyers so that they can focus on the beauty of the property. Now is also a great time to repair those little nicks and dripping faucets. Touch up paint where there has been wear, spackle any holes in the walls, and caulk baseboards and windows to make sure your house is in excellent condition once you start staging.
Know Your Budget
Staging a home can significantly reduce its time on the market and increase its selling price, so the return on investment for a well-staged home is potentially massive. In fact, 21% of sellers’ agents reported seeing an increase in home value after staging, so the money you invest will likely be reflected in how much the property sells for. Re-evaluating your personal finances before you jump into the process will help you choose the right scale and style of staging for your home—whether you’re going the DIY route or hiring help.
Stage the Most Important Rooms
As home buyers, some spaces speak louder than others. The living room, kitchen, and master bedroom are the three most popular options for staging because they’re often the rooms that are used most frequently. Staging creates a neutral canvas that helps buyers picture themselves living in the house, so styling these high-traffic rooms boosts the chances of buyers feeling at home.
Create Open Space
Arranging furniture in a thoughtful, easily maneuverable way will help rooms feel more spacious and encourage buyers to move freely throughout the space. Putting extra furniture pieces in storage while the home is on the market will help declutter the living areas, which can prompt buyers to visualize their own furnishings inside the home.
Work with a Professional
Hiring a professional stager can ease the workload of home staging. These professionals are highly-skilled, having developed a keen eye for universal design. Getting an outside opinion on a home can be incredibly beneficial because our homes often become remarkably sacred to us, and what we might prefer stylistically could be off-putting to a potential buyer. Professionals curate rooms to appeal aesthetically to a wide range of people, increasing the chances of viewers being wowed by the house’s interior.
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