One of the biggest ways you can help your house sell faster is by learning how to stage your home. The art of home staging is preparing your home to go on the market by making it appear appealing to the widest range of potential buyers. While you can hire professionals who will do this service for you, it’s also possible to stage your home like a pro by following these home staging rules:
- De-clutter. First and foremost, get rid of clutter! It’s very hard – if not impossible – for potential homebuyers to see past piles of junk. It makes your house look bigger, cleaner, and more appealing. In fact, you might even want to pre-pack quite a bit of your stuff and store it temporarily while you show your house.
- Give everything a deep clean. The bathrooms, especially, are worth your time. Many fixtures don’t need to be replaced, they just need to be scrubbed. If you’re not feeling up to the task, it would be well-worth your investment to pay a professional service!
- Fix anything that’s broken. That cracked window you’ve been meaning to get around to? Fix it! The sticky lock on the back door? Get a new one! While some fixes are easy and inexpensive, going ahead and taking care of them will make your house more appealing.
- Group furniture inside the room. According to HGTV, your room will look bigger with furniture in the center as opposed to pushed up against the walls. Even if it isn’t how you’d like to live with it, rearranging furniture to give this illusion will help your home sell faster.
- Transform unused rooms. If that fourth bedroom only serves as a “junk room” for your family, clean it out and turn it into an “exercise room” or crafting station. This will help people looking at your house imagine what they could do with the extra space.
- Create good lighting. There’s nothing like a dark, poorly-lit room to make a house feel like a cave. Make sure you have lamps placed at good intervals and invest in 100-watt bulbs for every fixture.
- Remove everything personal. You might still be living in your house, but you will need to pack up all your belongings eventually. Removing the family photos and extra decorations will create a neutral canvas for home buyers to imagine their family photos on.
- Keep it neutral. That red accent wall or funky jewel-tone couch pillows might be just your style, but not everyone is going to love it. Remove brightly colored décor and repaint bold walls with neutral tones. Again, keeping the canvas as blank as possible will allow potential buyers to more easily see themselves in the space.
- Accessorize carefully. Too many decorations can feel like clutter. Better to go with a more sparse approach. And remember the rule of three: groupings of three items in a triangle is a classic design you can’t go wrong with.
- Freshen it up. A bouquet of fresh flowers in the kitchen, living, and/or dining room immediately brightens up the room and makes it feel more welcoming.
- Send fido on a vacation. Your dog or cat might be your best friend, but some people simple aren’t keen on pets and some are even allergic. While you’re sure to miss them, you might be better off finding a trusted friend or relative to watch your pet until your house sells and you find a new home.
If you want more information on how to stage your home before you put it on the market, feel free to ask! I’m happy to share my tips and work with you to get your house ready to sell.