Staging is an important marketing tool to help you compete at the right price, which means you can sell faster.
Helping buyers fall in love with your property takes more than running the vacuum and fluffing the pillows: It’s all about decluttering, repairing, updating, and depersonalising.
Roger Hall says..."Once you even think about selling your home, it is no longer a home. It becomes a 'property' an 'item' to sell. Although it may be hard, try to divorce yourself from emotional ties and look on the property as a building for sale. Now, let's polish the item for a good presentation."
Throughout the House
Declutter! Consider it pre-packing for your move. Box up books, clothes, and personal items and place them in the garage or, better yet, a rented storage unit. Don’t forget to include memorabilia in those decluttering bins.
Family photos, diplomas, and the kids’ artwork should all go.
Keep closets, basements, and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
Do a deep (deep, deep) clean. Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home from top to bottom — including carpets — before viewings.
Light it up with lamps. Chic lamps provide both added lighting and appealing decor. Make that fireplace glow. Scrub away soot stains and replace the old screen. Whatever amount of furniture you have in your living room, remove a few pieces to make the room feel spacious.
Use bright, coordinated accessories like accent pillows and throw blankets for a chic splash of color.
Help buyers imagine their life in your home. Set the scene by displaying a board game or tea service on the coffee table, and arrange furniture in conversational groups.
Clear everything from countertops except one or two decorative items, like a vase of flowers or bowl of fresh fruit.
Freshen up and modernize those cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new hardware.
Seriously evaluate your appliances. Can they look new again with a good scrubbing? Remove those fridge magnets and give the door and handles a good cleaning.
Scrub dirt, grime, and stains from walls, cabinets, and backsplashes.
Clean cabinet interiors, especially under the sink.
Empty all trash cans and move them out of sight.
Staging your house can make you money.
Help buyers imagine hosting a dinner party in their new dining room by setting out attractive place settings.
Let buyers entertain the idea of entertaining. Set out some chic place settings around the table, or a few wine glasses and a decanter on the buffet.
Pack up all but the clothes you’re wearing this season to make you closets look larger.
Swap out the motley crew of mismatched hangers in your closet for a set of wooden ones to create a classy, boutique look.
Put jewelry and other valuables in a safe spot.
Consider giving extra bedrooms a new identity as a home office, sewing room, or another interesting function
It’s de-grime time: Scrub and sanitize the walls, floor, shower door — virtually every surface that comes in contact with steam.
Spend extra time scrubbing that tile grout and re-caulk around the tub if necessary. If your bathroom tile is dated, try paint instead of replacing it. Start with a high-adhesion primer and either epoxy or latex paint. Remove clutter from the countertop, tub, and top of the toilet. Clean surfaces until they gleam. Pack up and hide all your personal products — from medicine to razors. Create a luxury spa look with a fancy soap dispenser, fluffy white towels, decorative baskets, candles, plants, a white shower curtain, and a new bath mat.
Walls, Windows & More
Have a dark corner or hallway? Brighten it up with a decorative mirror.
Neutralize the walls. If any rooms are painted in dark colors, repaint white or beige. Paint adjacent rooms the same color to make the whole space feel larger. Sorry, wood panelling. It’s time. Paint over panelling with a neutral color. Make sure every switch plate and outlet cover matches and looks brand new. Replace those family portraits with interesting art placed strategically throughout the house. Avoid leaving dead space on walls.
Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, preferably red, black, blue, or wood stain, so long as it complements the trim and doesn’t blend. Steer clear of unconventional colors like purple. Buy a new doormat to welcome home buyers. Power-wash the house exterior, walkway, steps, driveway, and porch until everything sparkles. Make sure the locks and doorbell function. Make that mailbox look clean and welcoming, or get a new one. Plant lots of colorful blooms in attractive pots and planter beds.
Trim back trees and shrubs from the approach to the front door. Whip that yard into shape with fresh sod or new seed. Dress up any imperfect planting area with mulch.
Make sure entryway lights function and are free of cobwebs and insects. Hide trash cans, recycle bins, and garden hoses.
Don’t forget your outdoor living space. Stage your patio like a second living room, with fashionable furniture, accent pillows, an outdoor rug, and other patio-friendly decor.
For Pet Owners
Scrub those pet stains on the carpets and rugs until totally gone or replace them if necessary. Try cleaning formulas made especially for pet odors.
Use air fresheners that eliminate odors, rather than simply mask them. There’s nothing worse than the smell of artificial pine with kitty litter undertones.
Repair or remove any furniture that’s been scratched or gnawed on. Clean all pet “presents” from the yard.
Keep cat boxes immaculate and hidden away, or — better yet — see how your feline-loving friends feel about a temporary houseguest and remove litter boxes altogether.
Remove any dog or cat doors. Pets? What pets?
When you leave the house for a viewing, take all the furry (or feathery or scaly) residents along with you.
Day of Showing
Add a seasonal touch. Simmer cinnamon sticks in the fall and set out fresh cut lilacs in the spring. Tidy like you’ve never tidied before.
Avoid cooking any food for your own meals, but do bake some cookies or other baked goods to leave a welcoming aroma behind.Take off. After all that staging work, you deserve a trip to the spa while potential home buyers are busy falling in love with your house.
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