One of the most effective ways to attract potential buyers and secure a successful sale is through home staging. So if you plan to sell your home, here are some tips and tricks of the trade that will help you make your home look and feel its best.
Why You Should Stage Your Home
Staging a home before selling is a strategy used to enhance its visual appeal. This can also help potential buyers imagine themselves living there.
National Association of Realtors®, Nearly half of the seller’s agents (48%) reported that staging a home decreased its time on the market, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors®.
For both buyers’ and sellers’ agents, one in five (20%) said home staging increased the offer price by between 1% and 5% compared to similar homes on the market that weren’t staged.
Staging Tips and Tricks
Clear out the clutter:
Seeing your collectibles and storage will prevent buyers from imagining themselves in your space.
Hence, leave only the necessary furniture, keeping in mind that you want the space to look clean and spacious.
Freshen up the style:
Aim for a style that most buyers will like. Furnishings that seem homey and comforting.
Also, neutral colors work best: creams, light greys, and white.
Small furniture equals big space:
Downsize your furnishings to upsize the room. If the room looks tight to you, it likely will to potential buyers as well.
With this in mind, take some of the furniture out to create a more visual space.
Play with texture:
Wallpaper, pillows, rugs, blankets, baskets, and other tactile accessories can add texture to the look of any room.
Don’t forget the details:
Set the table. It’s easy to do and makes a significant impact. Buyers walk in and instantly feel welcome as if they’re coming over for dinner.
Moreover, light non-scented candles and place plush towels and fancy soap in the bathrooms.
Also, set out a breakfast tray on the bed or a pretty book on the coffee table with fresh flowers in the living room.
Clear the kitchen counter of appliances, spice racks, towels, and cooking utensils.
So leave only a few things, like a cookbook, a shiny teakettle, and a bowl of lemons.
Set up small “scenes” that help buyers visualize their potential life in this home.
This can be a quiet reading space with a comfy chair in the bedroom or a lounge chair under a tree in the backyard.
Doing so gives buyers some thoughtful ideas as they walk the property.
Don’t forget the outdoor areas:
Those spaces add as much interest for the buyer as the interior rooms. Add an outdoor rug, a small table and bistro chairs, and a few plants to your backyard. Remove all dead plants and trim all overgrowth.
Moreover, we have free seller reports that offer a unique insight into the selling experience. Click here for home-selling guides.
Staging your home for a successful sale is a combination of art and strategy. Remember that the goal is to make your home as appealing and neutral as possible.
Additionally, having a professional real estate agent like Randy and Heidi by your side, guiding you, negotiating on your behalf, and protecting the interests that you trust, will make the process of selling a home easier.
Finally, as your real estate agent, we are happy to further extend our services by offering our list of local, trusted service providers to you. Call us about your particular needs, and we can give you a personalized recommendation of a qualified service provider in our area to assist you.