Staging your home can help you achieve great results for the effort.
The idea is to adjust the way your home looks to outsiders. What is most appealing to a buyer might be slightly different than what is most comfortable to you in your day to day life. Remember – this is about the business of selling your home.
First Impressions are critical
Staging can be small items, such as colorful linens to brighten a white
bathroom or flowers in a vase to catch the eye on your dining room table. It can be medium sized projects such as rearranging furniture to create a more open and flowing vibe. The weathered recliner might be your lucky game day chair, but now is a good time to put it away while you sell the house. Don’t worry, there will be space for it in your new digs (I can imagine many a wife/partner shaking her head at this comment).
Staging can be an investment
Updating the carpet or paint, even changing floor coverings in bathrooms can have a dramatic impact that resonates with buyers. Don’t be afraid to impress buyers by replacing a beloved counter top with granite.
Here is my list of the top ten items to consider in staging:
- Change out all the environmentally friendly compact florescent light bulbs for high power incandescent bulbs. Create bright spaces that light quickly.
- Hire a handyman for five hours to do all the little things you have been putting off: touch up paint, malfunctioning windows/blinds, disconnected downspouts, leaky faucets.
- Clean and re-clean. Make your home shine, yet use caution in your selection of cleaners. You want to avoid a chemical smell in your home, which can be off-putting to buyers.
- De-clutter. As a rule of thumb, remove at least a 1/3 of your belongings from each drawer, closet and cabinet in your home.
- Paint – Consider bringing the colors in your home to a neutral or white palette.
- Open up space on the kitchen counter tops. Sure, the knife block and mixer are great kitchen necessities. But putting these items away will create a clean, open and inviting space. Buyers want to see the opportunities, not your wedding gifts.
- Upgrade from carpet in bathrooms to tile.
- Take down your personal photographs. A great home will have neutral decor including wall hangings, but no signs of personal pictures or beliefs. Remember, you want your home to appeal to the widest group of buyers in hopes of multiple offers and better than list sales pricing.
- Open up the inside of your house – taking some furniture out of your day to day space can create walkways and an open sense, enlarging your living area in the eyes of a potential buyer.
- Refinish the hardwood floors, especially if you have dogs and the floors are looking worn.