While your home is up for sale on the market, it is important to keep your home show ready at all times. A good way to do this is by taking the time to stage your home properly. Thankfully, staging your home doesn’t have to be an expensive or timely process. Check out these quick tips for ways to successfully stage your home:
Start Outside with Curb Appeal
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside area of your home. Make a great first impression by keeping your lawn and garden areas trimmed and healthy, porch furniture clean and free of spider webs, and your siding power washed. Also, take note of the areas that often go overlooked such as broken shutters, dirty windows, and loose debris. Spending a weekend thoroughly cleaning up your outdoor space will make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home.
Kitchens Sell Homes
Kitchens are typically the center of a household where family comes together to spend their time. Buyers put a lot of weight on the condition of a kitchen when considering a potential home. Making sure your kitchen appeals to buyers doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor. Decluttering and deep cleaning your kitchen is the first step you should take. Dust off the top of your cabinets, mop underneath appliances and organize your pantry. Removing clutter from counter tops and the refrigerator will allow buyers to see how much space your kitchen has to offer for cooking without distraction by personal items.
Bathrooms Count, Too!
Staging is especially important if your home offers less than ideal space in the bathroom department. Make sure bulky hampers, trash cans, and storage units are removed to enhance the area. Remove soap scum from shower doors and bathtub edges. Make sure your mirrors are free of spots and replace any dim lights with new bulbs. Your cabinets should be organized and free of clutter as well. Remove personal care products from the counter top and store them out of sight to show buyers an uncluttered space.
Home Staging Tips for Bedrooms
Buyers walking into the room should recognize the traditional use right away. Revert the bedroom/gym back into only a bedroom. Remove boxes and clutter from any spare guest bedrooms. Themed decor and bright wall colors should be replaced with more neutral tones to appeal to a wider range of buyers. Clunky dressers and other large furniture pieces should be removed from the room to emphasize the available space.
Clean Out Your Closet
While it is impolite to open closets and cabinets in someone else’s home in a typical setting, for a potential buyer it is standard when looking at a home on the market. Make sure your closets are viewer ready by sorting through and getting rid of unworn or unwanted clothing and shoes. Replace broken hangers with a matching set and purchase shoe racks to keep your shoes off the floor. Renting a storage unit to store family heirlooms, sports gear, and seasonal wardrobes could be a good idea at this time to keep distractions away from buyers.
Living Room Touches
Living rooms are the first space that most people think of when they think about staging their home for buyers. Wipe down bookshelves and television stands. Pack away collectibles and priceless heirlooms. Minimize the number of furniture pieces in the room to maximize floor space. Invest in a professional carpet cleaning to make sure your rugs and carpet are stain free and appealing to buyers.
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