10 Staging Tips To Help Sell Your Home

Are you planning to list your home for sale soon? Use this staging tips to attract buyers and make your home stand out.

First impressions stick. In fact, it only takes 7 seconds for someone to make a first impression.

First impressions are also important when buying a house. As a seller, making a good first impression is the only way to seal the deal.

Are you planning to list your home for sale soon? Use this staging tips to attract buyers and make your home stand out.

10 Staging Tips

Selling a home is a stressful time in anyone’s life. You have to think about new neighborhoods and new schools.

The last thing you want to be stressed about is selling your house. Here are 10 staging tips for you to use to help your house sell as quickly as possible.

1. Declutter

Having a lot of clutter in your home shows a potential buyer that you may not take good care of your home. Clutter also makes your home feel smaller.

It doesn’t take any extra money to declutter. Just look through your house as if you were going through it for the first time.

Get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. Extra papers on the desk, a pile of toys in the corner, or a closet stuffed with boxes should all be dealt with.

Besides, decluttering your home can actually make you happier and healthier. Don’t believe me? Just try it.

2. Clean

Cleaning can go a long way when it comes to showing a home. Even if your decor isn’t perfect or up to date, having a clean house will make a big difference.

This is one reason why hotel rooms are so appealing. You know that they are cleaned on a regular basis.

When you clean your home, clean it like a hotel room: dust, vacuum, mop, make the beds and pick up.

Home buyers will also often look in closets so even the things behind closed doors, inside drawers, and behind cupboards need to be cleaned and organized.

3. Notice the Smell

One staging tip that is often overlooked is the smell of your home. Have you ever noticed that everyone’s homes all smell a little different? This is true for your home as well.

There are a number of things that can make any home smell including, pets, food, bathrooms, and even mildew.

It can be almost impossible to notice any smells in your home because your body becomes immune to them. Ask a neighbor or friend to come over and see if they can smell anything out of the ordinary.

One easy way to make your home smell good is by burning cinnamon sticks, making cookies, or burning a candle. These usually work better than air freshener sprays.

Have a stinky sink? Try grinding some lemon peels in the garbage disposal.

4. Updated Look

Spending some money on updating a few things around the house can make a big difference when selling your home.

Most people want a house that is move-in ready. If they see a lot of projects that need to be done, it can be a turn off for potential buyers.

Simple updates include:

  • Painting. Make sure you stick with neutral colors
  • Furniture. Follow the newest trends and find updated pieces of furniture to fill the space
  • Countertops. The people have spoken, they want granite, quartz, or marble countertops.

5. Natural Features

Adding natural features in your home is a great way to make your home feel more welcoming.

Choose features that are native to your area. If you live near the beach, find some neat seashells to put on display. If you live near the mountains, find some twigs and pinecones for a unique arrangement.

If you live near the city, pick up some flowers at the corner market, or buy some indoor plants to place on your shelves. You’d be surprised at how the little touches can make a big difference.

5. Define Spaces

One of the most important staging tips we can give you is to define your space.

Give each room one purpose. And use the space wisely.

For example, don’t use your family room as a TV room, an office, and a playroom. Move the toys to the kid’s bedroom, and move the desk to a designated office space.

Have a junk room downstairs or an unused attic? Find ways to use them so you can market them as usable space.

6. Stick to Neutrals

If red is your favorite color, we understand why you wanted that wall painted red in your kitchen.

But not everyone loves red. When staging a home you want to appeal to the masses. Stick with neutral paint colors and muted carpets. In the kitchen choose timeless finishes.

Then if you want to add character, add pops of color with pillows and wall hangings by a favorite local artist.

7. Add Built-ins

Some houses can have awkward spaces such as a space under the stairs, or an odd corner. Consider adding built-ins to give your home a custom look.

Maybe make the space under the stairs a reading nook or a small office space. And built-in shelves in a family room or office is always a good idea.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can often find ready-made shelves that will fit your space, then add some molding around the top to give them a built-in look.

By giving these awkward spaces a purpose, they will soon become spots that add character instead empty space that can distract a buyer.

8. Replace Bathroom Towels

This might seem like a small and insignificant suggestion, but trust us, people notice bathrooms.

Give your bathrooms a spa treatment by swapping out old, mismatched towels for some nice, fluffy white replacements. This will give your bathroom a clean fresh feel, even if the wallpaper is from the 80’s.

And while you’re at it, consider swapping out bedding for fresh, crisp, white comforters on your bed. I mean, who wouldn’t want to buy a house with nice, comfy beds?

9. Use Mirrors

When staging your home, it’s okay to use little tricks of the trade to make your home seem bigger.

Mirrors hung in dimly lit corners or small rooms can actually make the space bigger and lighter.

Hallways, entryways, and small bathrooms are great places to add mirrors.

10. Turn on Your Porch Lights

Having a home for sale means that your home is always on display. You want to take advantage of anyone who is interested. This means always being ready for the potential buyer, day or night.

Just the simple act of having your porch lights on will let buyers know that you are home and ready to give information or even a quick tour.

Get Movin’

Now that your house is in tip-top shape with these staging tips, the buyers will come to you. You can focus on looking forward to your new adventure.

Have questions? Need help? We’re here to assist every step of the way. So don’t hesitate to contact us with any real estate need you may have.

And good luck out there.

 

Article by Multiple Media Marketing