Staging a home may help it sell faster and may even help you get a higher price. In fact, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, 29% of sellers’ agents said the sales price for staged homes was between 1% and 5% higher than similar un-staged homes. Staging a house is the process of deliberately arranging your furnishings and decorations to make your home look its best while selling. Homebuyers often see picture-perfect houses on home decorating shows and in online listings, so staging a house is essential. These are some ideas and professional tips to stage a home so that it will sell.
The most crucial part of staging a house involves purging and cleaning. De-cluttering your home will help it looks bigger. Remove all the knick-knacks and personal items. Then, when the clutter is gone, do a deep cleaning, or better yet, hire a professional to do it. Also, air out the entire house by opening up all of the windows. Avoid using air fresheners or scented candles, which can trigger allergies.
Buyers typically like bright rooms, so lighting is a significant aspect of staging a home. Open your blinds or pull your curtains back before each showing. If your lampshades are dirty or your fixtures are outdated, consider replacing or cleaning them.
Less is more when it comes to furniture. Your home will look bigger and more appealing to most buyers with less furniture inside. If your furniture doesn’t look showroom-ready, consider renting some better furniture. Also, arrange the furniture so that it’s away from the walls.
“Curb appeal” is a real estate term that describes how nice your home looks on the outside. It’s vital to staging a home because the exterior is the first thing any potential buyers see. These are some things you can do to improve curb appeal:
The last step to staging your home is to add some finishing touches inside. Put out some fresh-cut flowers and a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter. Hang some new towels in the bathroom and buy a new tablecloth. Lastly, right before any potential buyers arrive, bake some fresh cookies and set them out. It will help the house smell lovely and make any potential buyers feel welcome.
If you need more ideas for staging a home, ask your Realtor or your favorite mortgage professional at Primary Residential Mortgage. We’re here for you and are always happy to help any way that we can,