These Top 9 Home Staging tips cover things you can easily do yourself at a minimal cost. With a bit of work and a right mindset, you’ll be on your way to Staging your House and reaping the benefits of your efforts at the sale time.
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Home Staging tips
Before you do anything, you have to stop thinking of your house as a HOME and start thinking about it as an investment. Probably the most important investment you have made so far, so you want to get the largest possible return on it, right?
Curb appeal (or, lack of thereof) can deter a visitor from wanting to go in – have you ever driven by a house for sale, disliking it from the outside and leaving without even giving it a chance? Avoid this situation happening to you by paying attention to the outside as well as the inside of your property.
One of the most home staging tips is this: buyers want to buy space! A cluttered house gives the impression of being poorly maintained and looks smaller than it really is. Go through the house, room by room, and take everything out but the essentials.
De-cluttering is a big task and it might be daunting. But, in any case, you will have to do it before you move, so start now and you will feel better. De-cluttering, in my experience, is one of the most valuable Home Staging tips you will get, so don’t ignore it. If you need help, we’ll be happy to lend you a hand (or two).
Clean and Fix
As far as the Home Staging tips go, maybe I should have put this one first. It seems obvious, but you would be surprised to see how many people neglect this one. We recommend to walk through each room and make two lists – one list for cleaning and the other for fixing.
Fixing small but visible things is important. Chipped paint, loose or missing tiles, broken door handle, a closet door that doesn’t quite close properly – all the little things you never had time to fix – unfortunately, they can become a BIG turnoff for a potential buyer. After all, they probably don’t want to deal with the extra repairs while moving, unpacking and settling in. As well, it might make them wonder whether some other, more important things have been neglected in the house…
Painting is the cheapest way to enhance a room! Repaint main rooms (entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom) in fresh, neutral colors. A Home Staging professional can help you with the choice of colors.
Make sure all your furniture, light fixtures and accessories look contemporary. Most of the time, you can achieve the “fresh” look without spending a lot. Simple things such as a new bed set, a few decorative pillows and two nice table lamps will transform a bedroom.
The idea is to make the house attractive to as many potential buyers as possible as well as have them concentrate on the HOUSE and not the personal stuff of the people living there. Therefore, we recommend to make the house as neutral as possible by taking off and storing any religious or political symbols, diplomas, abundant collections and nick knacks as well as photos of the whole family – they distract from what you are selling – a property and not a home.
And an additional benefit might be that this process of ‘depersonalizing’ your home will help you to get emotionally detached from it and prepare you for sale and eventual move!
Light it up!
A bright house is a great house. So, open all the blinds/curtains and make sure there is sufficient light in every room, add fixtures, stand up or table lamps – you can’t have too much light!
Last but not least, the space management and proper furniture and accessories placement is essential. It will give a home a warm and appealing look and feel. For example, the living room furniture has to be positioned as to create a conversation area which will look toward the room’s focal point. A painting, a vase filled with decorative branches or a bowl of lemons will bring the ambiance to the room.
If you need help, we are happy to assist you or do the work for you! You can contact us at any time to discuss your specific situation and how we can be of help.