Staging your home is as important as curb appeal.
Upon entering your home, a potential buyer will want to walk into a clean and nice smelling house! Attention should be given to lighting, cleanliness, clutter, and layout. Purchasing a home is one of the largest investments we make, we want a potential buyer to by able to picture how they would make a house their home and no be distracted by how someone else lives. We want to make it easy for a buyer to walk, open and imagine. Let's get started.
Lets clean it up!
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When stagers enter into a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't the case. Instead, furnish your space by moving furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.
If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot. Or drape fabric on the walls of your basement, lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and toss in a few cushy pillows.
Dirty Bathrooms are a red flag to buyers: Here is an easy way to get rid of surface mold: Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold disappear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy bathroom will go from red flag to red-hot.
Let's grab them from the street! Make potential buyers fall in love with your home by adding potted plants and flowers, power-washing patios and walkways, mayble a little paint touch-up, weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. A quick check of the sprinklers can save a headache down the road. It's your first chance to make a good impression, so you've got to make it count.
One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. You may love hot pink in the living room, but too-bright colors turn buyers off. Neutralize strong colors for the broadest appeal. A neutral home appears larger and has less chance of offending someone. Also, open up blinds and draperies to make sure there's sufficient natural light throughout the home. Remember, lighting is the most effective way to set a mood.
Don't make your home a high-maintenance zone. Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint as well as broken fixtures and fittings that may have been neglected.
It's the best bang for your buck that will quickly refresh a dull, dated room. Slap a fresh, neutral color on the space. Choose a beige or taupe for living spaces and a neutral green or blue for bathrooms.
Get rid of worn carpets, and consider refinishing shabby hardwood floors. A carpet cleaning can also go a long way in making your home more appealling. An new area rug is a quick fix and can disguise the look of old floors.
These are only a few idea's to get you started.
We work closely with our clients to make the home selling process a smooth and enjoyable experience, if you would like a "second pair of eyes" we are always available!