6 Rules to Best Stage Your House
You are ready to sell your home, you’ve met with your real estate professional and they’ve told you a little home staging can go a long way. You may have decided against hiring a home stager, and that’s ok, but do you know what mistakes to avoid when performing a DIY home staging? Here are some rules to follow:
- Take the emotions out of it
Yes, we understand, this is your HOME. You’ve lived here, hopefully had lots of laughs and good memories, which you will take with you. However, you have to view your home like a product when you are getting it ready for sale. Now is not the time to leave personal photos and knick-knacks out for viewing. When you go the IKEA showrooms, they are well decorated but there’s a reason they don’t have fake families in the picture frames. You want the buyers to be able to envision living there. Anything that takes them out of that mindset will be detrimental to the sale of your home. Try and make your home look as much like a model home as you can. Remember, just because you’ve boxed a few keepsakes and photos does not mean that you lose them. It means that you have them safely packed for the adventures in your new home!
- No major renovations
Unless your real estate professional has told you to do a renovation, or a pre-list inspection has revealed a flaw to be fixed, keep it simple. A fresh coat of paint and replacing a few fixtures around the house can do wonders! These small adjustments also won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There are some home flaws you shouldn’t try to hide with staging. Remember, you are not trying to mislead buyers, just show them your home’s best side!
- Keep it light
Lighting is vital to a good showing. You’ll want to make sure that you’ve arranged windows to let in as much natural light in as possible. Stay away from heavy, dark curtains. If you can, replace some with inexpensive curtain purchases. If you have great views, you’ll want to make those windows strong, focal points to impress buyers.
When choosing paint colours, stay away from darker tones. Your taste may be bold colours or dark hues, but remember, light and neutral tones make your home an easier ‘product’ to sell.
Turn lights on before showings. You can always have a note requesting that the real estate professional turns off lights as they go through your home to save power, but the lasting effect of a beautiful, well lit home upon the buyer’s first glance is incredibly important. You want your home to be warm and welcoming!
- Don’t forget curb appeal
We’ve written loads of blogs on this subject before, but for some reason, when we talk to Sellers about staging, they don’t always think of outside their home. Don’t forget, the outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers see when they arrive. If your house is stunning on the inside, but the outside is tired or cluttered, this won’t help you with its sale.
- Remove all clutter…from everywhere
We know, you’ve built up possessions over a lifetime that you love. However, you’ve also collected a bunch of useless things, too! Be ruthless, go through every closet, every storage space, the basement and your garage. Get rid of everything you haven’t used in over two years. Things that you don’t remember buying and those gifts that, while well intentioned, just weren’t for you. You could have a garage sale or donate the items, but get them out of your house. While you are at it, go through the fridge and pantry. Get rid of expired items! You will feel really good once it is all over and make space for the items you want to keep in those storage spaces so that your house looks like a magazine! This purge will also help you in the long run when you do sell and it is time to pack.
- Ask for help!
Staging can feel like a monumental task but remember you don’t have to do it alone. Your real estate agent can go through your home with a trained eye to tell you what buyers will think. If you are more comfortable, ask a friend or relative to go through it for you, too. Just don’t take anything they say personally. Remember, they are there to help you make your home a competitive ‘product’ on the market.
Staging your home for sale is imperative so you can have that edge over other properties. People often forget that there is a lot of choice out there for buyers. You love your home, but there are hundreds of other sellers out there who love their homes, too. You have to give buyers every reason possible to choose your home over all the rest and staging is the best way you can do it. Staging has been proven to help homes sell faster and for a larger amount.
If you have any questions about staging or are looking for a recommended service provider, feel free to contact us.
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