Home Staging Tips
With the spring market coming up, you might be hoping to take advantage of the spring market – and the influx of buyers perusing the market place – and put your home up for sale. The thing is, a lot of sellers are going to be doing the same. To stay in front of the competition, it’s important to stage your home. This can be done by hiring a professional, or you can tackle the job yourself. If you’re choosing the DIY route, however, you may want to keep the following tips in mind:
1. Clean your house. Thoroughly.
There’s tidying, there’s cleaning, and then there’s really cleaning. When you’re listing your home for sale, you have to really clean. This means dusting the base boards, sweeping the cobwebs from the corners of the ceiling and tackling the grout in the shower.
2. Every room should have a clearly defined purpose.
In your day-to-day living, you might have a sewing station squeezed into the corner of your bedroom, or an office desk in the living room. When you’re staging, however, you have to get rid of the extra furniture – and that means highlighting one use for each room. The living room should be set up as a conversation area, the bedroom should be for rest and relaxation, and the kitchen should be for cooking and eating.
3. Choose a paint colour that will satisfy the majority of tastes.
There’s a reason why the bulk of homes that get snatched up quickly feature neutral paint colours – because it allows a large majority of homebuyers to envision themselves living there. Throw in a bright purple accent wall or a funky wallpaper, and a lot of people might not be able to see past it.
4. Don’t forget the accents.
Have you ever gone into a clean, decluttered house and felt like something was missing? The seller did all the right things but it just felt like you were walking through a furniture showroom or something? Well, that’s likely because they stripped away all the personal accents – like photos – and forgot to replace them with flowers, candles or sculptures that brought some life back into the place.
Remember, the key is to draw people in, and encourage them to picture themselves living in this home. Whatever way you choose to do that – whether it’s by taking the above advice or not – should get those offers rolling in. Good luck!