If you are preparing to put your home up for sale, one of the things you absolutely need to do is to stage your home. Don’t think that a gorgeous floor plan and a desirable neighborhood are enough to sell your home. You need to stage your home as well. It doesn’t matter how amazing your home is, if someone walks through your house and it feels cluttered or cramped because of a lack of staging, they may walk right on out without even considering your house as a possible purchase
The following some essential staging tips that will help you to sell your home:
Clean The House – Nothing is going to turn a potential buyer off than having to walk through a dirty house. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to come do a deep clean of your home. You should pay careful attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, your home’s flooring (especially carpeting) and the windows. Clean windows will help make the view more appealing and will bring in more natural light as well.
Invest In Affordable Upgrades – You don’t have to remodel entire rooms in order to stage your home, but you may want to consider some touch ups here and there. For example, upgrading your kitchen cabinet hardware can have a huge visual impact. You may also want to add new coats of paint to your walls, especially if you painted them in bolder colors. Neutral colors are more attractive to potential buyers.
Get Rid Of The Clutter – Don’t just shove everything into your closet — potential buyers are going to be looking through your storage spaces, and they won’t be impressed if it’s overflowing with junk. Clutter makes a home feel dirty and cramped, so if your home is feeling cluttered, consider packing some of your belongings up and storing it in a personal storage space for the time being. You may even want to consider removing some of your furniture in order to improve the flow of a room.
Remove Personal Items – Go through your home and take down any family photographs or any drawings that your kids made. One of the reasons that you are staging your home is that you want potential buyers to be able to walk through the house and imagine it as being there’s. It’s why you don’t want your house to be empty, since this makes it difficult for potential buyers to envision how the space would look furnished. By leaving up personal items, you’re making it difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living there since they will feel like they are walking through someone else’s home.
Improve The Lighting – Replace all of your old light bulbs with new, LED light bulbs if possible. These provide higher quality light. If you don’t feel like you need to replace your bulbs, at least make sure that they are clean as dirty bulbs give off less light. When a potential buyer walks through your home, you’ll want to make sure it’s well lit. A dark, poorly lit home is going to feel smaller than it is as well as less cheerful. You may want to invest in a few extra light fixtures in order to add lighting to rooms that seem a bit dark. Even a table lamp can help brighten up a dark corner. Don’t forget to go through your home before a buyer shows up in order to open up all your blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
Price is always going to be the factor in how fast your house sells. You have to strike a balance between your need to get the house sold in X amount of days vs. what you realistically expect to get out of it. Hire a good realtor to market the heck out of your home and help you set a correct price. Hire a Professional photographer. The largest disparity was seen among homes priced from $400,000 and $499,999, with those with DSLR photography selling 64% of the time, compared to 46% for homes with amateur photos.