If you want to make a quick sale, home staging will help you get it done. It spruces up your home to highlight its best assets and downplays its flaws.
Imagine yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes then ask yourself: what home features will convince me to make an offer on this home and live here? You can base your staging strategy on your answers.
Moreover, if you do it right, you can sell your home fast. According to the National Association of Realtor’s Home Staging Profile, staging can have a positive effect on how buyers view homes for sale.
Some sellers, however, are understandably hesitant about staging their homes. It’s an added investment that might stretch their budgets. That said, home staging doesn’t always have to be expensive. Here are several ideas that can help you stage your home effectively without spending too much.
- Impress from the get-go
- Focus on your home’s most important areas
- Remove personal touches
- Away with clutter
- Make the home squeaky clean
- Fix and patch
- Keep it neutral
The front entrance is the first thing that greets guests. Make it look smashing. If there are still seasonal decors like Christmas wreaths hanging around then take these off and store them. Power wash or scrub the dirt off the front stoop. Give the entrance a homey feel by laying down a welcome mat or potted plants outside the main door. Make sure these plants are healthy and show no signs of neglect like dried and falling leaves.
Concentrate on rooms that affect buyers’ decisions the most, These are the living room, the kitchen, the primary bedroom and bathroom, and the dining room. Guest rooms, children’s rooms, and all other bathrooms are secondary.
Home staging aims to help buyers visualize the space on their own. You can do this by removing your personal memorabilia from the property.
Take down pictures and other mementos of your friends and family from the walls and everywhere else. Keep your clothes out of sight. Remove personal items like toothbrushes, dental floss, and contact solutions from bathroom counters and cabinets. Take out overtly religious items and iconography.
By doing these things, you’ll help prospective buyers imagine themselves making a home out of your property.
Clutter reduces space. And space— the bigger the better —sells. Pack off-season winter clothes and shoes. The same thing applies to Christmas and other seasonal décor unless you’re selling your home during the holidays.
Buyers will look into closets and storage spaces under bathroom and kitchen sinks to assess their storage capacity, so make sure you remove non-essentials for the time being. Instead, hang robes or towels in the bathrooms to show buyers what a certain storage space can be used for.
Don’t leave the rooms bare, though. A neat stack of coffee table books, a vase of flowers, indoor plants, scented candles, and art on the walls will make your home feel welcoming.
A squeaky clean home speaks well of the owners. It means they’re taking good care of the home. Leave no room for even a speck of dirt or grime. Make baseboards, ceiling and room corners, kitchen counters, window blinds, window shades, curtains, and everything else pristine. Make sure your fridge is spotless, inside and out.
Most importantly, get rid of lingering odors. These can be symptoms of much larger issues and can turn buyers away.
Give the impression that the house is well-loved, and therefore, well-maintained. Cover small nicks, cracks, scratches, holes, and other flaws. Remove unsightly wall marks in every room using a melamine foam eraser pad. Areas that need extra fixing could use some spackling paste and caulking. Check for spots that need paint touch-ups.
Paint colors can be divisive. On one hand, a bright pink accent wall might lure buyers in, but it might also turn other buyers off. Furthermore, bright colors distract buyers from forming the imagery of living in a certain space. They also rob attention from the room’s best features.
To appeal to the wider market, stick to neutrals like gray, taupe, and white. There are many attractive variations of these hues. They are easy to dress up or down, as well.
Your property is somebody else’s dream home. Make sure to put its best foot forward.
Home staging aside, the ideal real estate agent can help you sell your home fast. Let Coldwell Banker Traditions connect you to the right buyer for your home. Use our century’s worth of real estate experience in Williamsburg, VA and the surrounding areas to further your real estate goals.