Whether you are going to DIY in staging your house to sell or calling in a professional home staging company, taking the time to stage your home for potential buyers can be an effective way to make your home stand out online against other listings in your neighborhood. Staging your house help potential buyers picture themselves in the space—this is a very crucial first step in getting them to consider making an offer.
Staging tips for selling your home:
Depersonalize: Although you are proud of how your home looks and feels with all the family photos and other personal touches, visitors will only be distracted by these. Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves living in it but if all they see are your family photos and personal items they may feel like they are intruding in your space. You should always start the staging process by depersonalizing your home and focusing on creating a more neutral appeal to attract more buyers.
Declutter: Overwhelming clutter makes it hard for prospective buyers to see the true potential of a home and may cause them to scratch your home off their list. Instead of seeing all the wonderful features of your home, home buyers will only see your stuff. Don’t let home buyers miss the beauty of your home interior design; that cozy fireplace hiding behind a bulky recliner or the spaciousness of your kitchen hidden under all the appliances and cereal boxes across the counter.
Deep Clean: When you sell your car, do you take your car for a car wash? This is certainly the same idea when we sell our home. The goal is to clean as if no one lives in the home, no smudges on the windows, no crumbs on the counters. A well-cleaned home is going to tell the buyers that you have taken great care of the home for them.
Once you have depersonalized, decluttered and done a better-than-spring cleaning, you can tackle the actual staging of your home. Here are the 10 best staging tips.
- Make a good first impression
Curb appeal is the ultimate first impression when buyers are entering. So be sure to mow your lawn, pressure wash any dirt and plant some flowers. Keep the space simple but welcoming for buyers to suggest good things to come inside.
- Let there be light
Brighten up by letting as much light shine into the house. Clean your windows, open the blinds or curtains, replace any burned-out lightbulbs, swap out for higher wattage bulbs, and don’t forget to turn on the lights before any showing.
- Rearrange your furniture
There should be as much open and walkable space as possible. This helps buyers navigate the space, and also helps them better visualize their own furniture in each room. Put extraneous furniture in storage or garage to get it out of the way, focusing on getting rid of any oversized pieces, damaged pieces, and those that don’t match the rest of the room. With the furniture that’s left, rearrange it to make the room look and feel as spacious as possible.
- Go Neutral
You need to tone down the colors. Neutrals are your friends. When you’re staging your home to sell, one of the very best things you can do is paint over any bold colors with neutrals, like gray, white, and taupe. You’ll also want to make sure to keep spaces gender-neutral. Your home’s new owners won’t necessarily use the rooms (or decorate them) the same way you do.
- Arrange in odd numbers
From throw pillows to accessories and chairs to artwork, professional stagers and designers swear by decorating in threes, fives, and sevens, which gives some visual interest to otherwise symmetrical spaces.
- Make the space appear bigger
Add mirrors to reflect light, swap a heavy powder room cabinet for a pedestal sink, or remove a leaf from your huge dining room table.
- Update the finishes
Walk through your home with a critical eye, noticing little maintenance issues like a serious buyer would. It’s likely worth a Saturday of work to repaint a room, re-caulk or re-grout, strip wallpaper, or change out dated or worn hardware.
- Set the table
It’s a nice finishing touch that, again, can help the buyer visualize living there. Holiday dinner party, anyone?
- Upgrade Rugs
Buy rugs that actually fit each room and it’s furniture. For a living room rug, avoid one that’s too small; make sure at least the front legs of your couch or chairs are touching the rug. The right-sized rug will make the space look larger and compliment the room.
- Reorganize our book case
Give your shelves some style by removing 25 percent of your books entirely, and then rearrange what’s left so that some books are vertical and some are stacked horizontally. Place a couple of trinkets within the bookcase to function as accents and bookends. This will add character and personality to the room while also lightening up your bookcases.