Staging Your Home to Sell

Posted on 05 Nov, 2010

If you’re trying to sell your home, home-staging can make all the difference. Staging is about highlighting your home’s strengths, downplaying its weaknesses and appealing to the largest pool of buyers. Beyond cleaning, staging creates a mood, making your home brighter, warmer and more welcoming. These ten low-cost tips will help you turn you house into a “show home” and, most importantly, sell it quickly and at the highest value possible.

1) At a minimum, your lawn should be mowed, leaves raked and flower beds well maintained. Add some colorful plants and shrubs and place them strategically in your planter beds. Curb appeal is crucial.

2) Group your furniture and create obvious traffic flow spaces. There’s a common belief that rooms feel larger if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but this isn’t the case. Float your furniture away from walls and reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups. This will actually open up the room, make the space more user-friendly and seem larger.

3) Bye, bye clutter. Edit your furniture and personal belongings. Discard them or place them in storage. This includes family pictures and decorative items. Everything should have a place and be in its place. It can be difficult to have an objective eye, so consider asking a friend or relative to help.

4) Clean, clean, clean. Scrub your bathrooms, kitchen, front door, porch and light fixtures. If your front door isn’t a “wow” door, consider painting it. Have your carpeting professionally cleaned. Wash, touch up or repaint dirty walls, doors, ceilings and moldings.

5) Ruthlessly clean out your closets. You want storage space to appear abundant. Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need. Rent a storage unit and store everything you feel you must keep. Don’t store unneeded items in the garage, attic or basement.

6) Make all beds and put away any items you wouldn’t see in a hotel. This includes brushes, sundries, clothes, etc.  You can also give your bathrooms an inviting “spa” feeling by putting out items like folded or rolled-up towels, decorative trays and candles. This creates a polished look and is inexpensive to do.

7) Make any needed repairs before putting your home on the market. Even little things left in disrepair may signal to a potential buyer that there are bigger repairs needed that may not be apparent.

8) Clean windows and leave your window treatments open to let as much natural light in as possible. Open windows for 10 minutes prior to a showing to let fresh air in or spray a room freshener.

9) Turn lights on and increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Don’t depend on just one or two light sources per room; add table or floor lamps where lighting is limited. Dimly lit rooms tend to look small and dingy, especially during the day.

10) Lastly, consider having some soothing music playing to drown out or hide any outside noise such as traffic or barking dogs.

Image sources: 1) HGTV, 2) House Beautiful. 

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