10 Home Staging Tips
Staging your home before selling is one of the smartest moves you can make as a homeowner. Staging has been proven to get homes sold faster and at a higher price point. In this week’s blog post we will be sharing what the specialists here at reDefine Home Design consider our top home staging tips.
1. Curb Appeal
The front of your home should draw in the buyer’s eye when searching online or in person. This is why it’s important to make sure the landscaping and outside of your home is looking its best. Some of our tips include: Refresh paint as needed, clean the gutters, power wash the exterior, trim the bushes, mow the grass, and remove any lawn ornaments. Another staging tip would be to spend some time making sure the front porch/front door is clean and inviting. Add some plants or a fun door mat to draw in the buyer’s eye. You want your home to feel warm and inviting from the moment they walk in.
2. Make Any Needed Repairs
This may seem like an obvious tip but it is so important to make any needed repairs on the exterior or interior prior to listing your home. When a buyer walks in and spots things that need work, they immediately add it to their to-do list. Therefore, the more you can take off the buyer’s to-do list the better.
3. Fresh Paint/Neutralize the Space
Staging is all about appealing to the masses. You may love your bright red dining room, but a potential buyer may not. So it’s important to make your space neutral in order to appeal to as many people as possible. Our staging tips for the best way to freshen up your space is getting a fresh coat of neutral paint and using it in the majority of the home. It also helps the home feel bigger and more cohesive this way.
Click here to see popular neutral paint colors.
4. Clear the Clutter and Clean
Clutter is one of the hardest things to look past. Your home may be beautiful but if you can’t see past the mess it’s hard to see the potential. Be sure to clear your home of any messy corners, surface areas, closets, etc. Be sure to pick up toys and have things as organized as possible. In addition, you want to make sure your home is throughly cleaned from top to bottom. You want home buyers to be able to walk in feel like things are fresh and airy.
Potential home buyers do not want to walk into your home and envision you living there. They want to see it as a home for themselves, so you should take down any personal items. This can include things like family photographs, items with your name, pictures of your pets, etc. The less personalized the better.
6. Let in the Light
Light and bright comes off as looking bigger and better so we suggest letting as much light into your home as possible. Take down any old window treatments, make sure those windows are sparkling clean, and turn all the lights on for pictures and showings.
7. Rearrange Furniture
Our staging tips are to make sure that your furniture is grouped in a way that is cozy and inviting. We suggest arranging it into conversational groupings while creating a focal point for each room. Remember the look and feel shouldn’t be based on how you live, but how it would best be suited for photographs and showings.
Examples of different furniture groupings:
8. Update Kitchen/Bathrooms
If you’re going to invest anywhere in your home, we suggest putting money into your kitchen and bathrooms. It can be as simple as new lighting, hardware and paint. A little bit of updating will go a long way in these areas.
9. Give Each Space a Purpose
Make sure when you’re getting your home ready for market that each space has a clear purpose. For instance, do you have an open loft area that buyers could be unsure about? Place a chair and end table in to create a reading nook. The less the buyer has to question, the better.
10. Reach out to the Professionals
Its so important and worth the return to reach out to your local agents and staging specialists to ensure you are optimizing your home’s value. After all, we all have the same goal in mind, to get your home sold quickly and at its best price.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 10 Home Staging Tips!
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