3 Tips on Staging your Home
Staging is a MUST when you’re preparing to sell your home in today’s market. First impressions are a no-brainer when it comes to how your presentation looks. Below are three tips on how to stage your home before you list it. Keep in mind having a professional real estate agent guide you through the process will help significantly.
Cleanliness & De-cluttering: Makes all the difference
If you haven’t read the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo you need to! When everything you see is organized, you’ll feel much more put together on the inside. Imagine stepping through the door of your dream home and there isn’t a spot of dust to be seen. Every item in the home is organized and de-cluttered. You feel a sudden shift of your anxious mind relax.
Kondo states: “First, put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.” The same can be said for staging your home. You may think that having more items visible in your home shows more value, and even if it sounds cliché less is more. Put away your gadgets, yes I’m talking about your Nutri-Bullet, knife block, latte maker, and toaster. Make them invisible and don’t forget about the extra paper towels & toilet paper rolls. Amy Bell, a home staging expert at Red Chair Home Interiors, states “Homeowners are so accustomed to their own clutter that it almost becomes invisible to them.”
Lighting & Colors: The WOW effect
Open all of your windows and let some natural light into your home. Having a brightly lit room will not only make the rooms appear larger, but it will highlight the accents in each room. You want to use neutral colors for your furniture choices and paint on the walls; the light will bounce right off of the neutral colors and increase the facade of any room. Choosing the right light and colors will create a space of comfort and a “right at home” feeling to your potential buyer. The way they feel when they enter each room is important when they decide to buy.
It’s the little things: Worth the investment
Investing in new appliances for your home may increase the value of your home significantly. You will want to think about upgrading your shag carpet to hardwood, your chipped marble tabletops to stainless steel, or you may consider adding additional cabinets and drawers to make more space in your bedroom closet. You know those minor repairs you told yourself you would get to when it gets to be “too much” REPAIR THEM! If the bathtub drain isn’t draining as much as it did when you first moved in, fix it. Those holes in the wall where you hung your daughter’s artwork, paint over them.
It’s also great if you can stage the home before putting it on the market. According to the NAR, “Staging makes an impact in several ways; 81 percent said staging helps buyers visualize the property as a future home, while 46 percent said it makes prospective buyers more willing to walk through a home they saw online.” You want your buyers to feel at home the moment they enter through the front door. De-clutter, clean, paint, make sure to have bright lightening & invest in the little things that make all of the difference to your buyer. When done right, that first impression you made will be an unforgettable one and even a sale!