How Staging Your Home for Sale Can Increase the Value and Help You Sell Faster
If you're thinking about selling your home, the first thing you need to do is make sure it's ready for buyers. If you've lived there for a while, it may seem like your house is perfect just the way it is. But from an outsider's perspective, potential buyers will see things a little differently. Here are some simple steps to help prep your home so that buyers can envision themselves living in it:
Staging the outside of your home.
Make sure that the lawn is mowed and the bushes are trimmed. If you have a garden or flowers, make sure they are fertilized and watered. Also, clean up any garbage, debris or trash in your yard. This will help buyers see what a great house this is to buy.
Clean out the garage as well if you have one - remove any large items that aren’t part of the house itself like garden equipment and bikes!
Staging the inside of your home.
- Remove clutter, including small items like toys, books and cosmetics.
- Clean up messes. That means no more pizza boxes on the coffee table or dirty dishes in the sink!
- Make sure windows are clean and function as they should (if you live in an older home). If you have newer windows that open onto a balcony or patio area, make sure this space is maintained and tidy as well.
- Remove furniture or appliances that don't work well in the space: For example, if your home has a large walk-in closet but all of your clothes are still hanging up in there because they take up too much room elsewhere in your home—get rid of it! Consider relocating them to a storage unit until you're ready to sell so buyers can see how much space is available for them to use after purchasing their new property. Also consider removing appliances from kitchens when possible; if not all of them then at least some will help create an illusion of more room without having to move out into another part of town just yet...and perhaps even save money on rent/mortgage payments while living temporarily somewhere else during renovations/remodeling projects before moving back insidiously once again."
Consider curb appeal.
Your house's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see, so it's important that everything looks nice and neat. Make sure your lawn is mowed, the bushes are trimmed, and any other landscaping is well maintained. If you live in an area with snowfall during winter months, take care of any ice dams before they form so they don't damage your roof or siding while melting during warmer months. Also make sure to keep sidewalks clean of leaves and debris! Finally (and this one should go without saying), make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street—before driving up to view it in person!
Staging the entryway.
When a buyer enters your home, they want to feel welcomed. To do this, you should make sure that the entryway is free of clutter and smells nice. Remove any personal items such as shoes, coats and keys from furniture in the entryway so that it doesn't look cluttered. Make sure the floor is clean and free of debris or dirt. You may even want to vacuum upholstery if needed! Also make sure that there are no holes in doors/windows/ceilings etcetera as these will be visible to potential buyers when looking at homes on property websites like zillow or realtor.com
Put on a fresh coat of paint in neutral colors, and repair any cracks or holes in the walls or ceilings.
- Paint your walls in neutral colors like beige, taupe or tan. If you want to use a bold color, choose one that's not too bright and make sure it complements the other wall colors in the room.
- Repair any cracks or holes in your walls or ceilings before you begin painting. Don't patch them with spackling compound—use a filler product made specifically for drywall instead.
- Use a neutral color for trim such as white, light gray or beige (no brown trim here!). Don't paint the ceiling a different color from the walls; this creates an unattractive "drip zone" where water will run down between them when it rains outside.
Repaint or replace old-fashioned doors and fixtures.
- Make sure all windows are clean and functional.
Replacing old windows with new ones can help your home sell quickly, as well as increase its value. If you're planning on selling your house soon, it might be a good idea to replace any old or broken windows before putting it up for sale.
- Replace old fixtures with modern ones.
Old-fashioned doors, fixtures, and hardware can make a home feel dated and unattractive—and buyers will often assume that these dated items were installed during the building's original construction in the 1960s or 1970s (no one wants to live in an '80s style McMansion). If you want your home to look fresh and modern without spending thousands of dollars on new appliances or cabinets, replacing outdated doors and light fixtures will give it that fresh look at a fraction of the cost!
Make sure windows are clean and function as they should.
It's that time of year again: you're putting your home on the market to sell. You're busy cleaning, decluttering and repairing every nook and cranny in preparation for showing your home. But one thing you might be forgetting is the windows. It's easy to forget about this aspect because most people think of them as just a way to let light into their homes, but they can actually be an opportunity to add value (and catch buyers' eyes) if they're clean and free from damage.
So what should you do? First things first: make sure all windows open and close properly! If a window has been broken or damaged over time, it won't close properly and could even cause problems when selling if buyers come by for a visit before repairs have been made. Next up—make sure those panes are squeaky clean! Use dryer sheets or vinegar water spray to remove dirt from frames without damaging them (just don't use too much pressure). Then give everything around each pane a good wipe down with disinfectant wipes or hot soapy water; this will help make sure any germs are gone from where potential buyers will touch them most often—the sills beneath each pane—or from where pets might hang out near by (like at kitchen counters).
Remove furniture or appliances that don't work well in the space, and make sure to have proper air flow.
- Remove furniture or appliances that don't work well in the space, and make sure to have proper air flow.
- Make sure to remove any furniture items that don't fit your space and/or add clutter to it. You want a clean and spacious feel when someone walks into your home, so clear out any items that aren’t needed anymore.
- If you need to move furniture around or move anything out of the way temporarily for staging purposes, remember that it should be easy for others to put back when it's time for them move on from your home. Also keep in mind what kind of storage space is available in each room—if there isn’t enough room for everything then consider renting a storage unit until after closing day (when you won’t have time).
Clean up messes and remove clutter including small items like toys, books, cosmetics and personal items.
When you're ready to stage your home and get it on the market, it's time to clean up messes and remove clutter. This includes small items like toys, books, cosmetics and personal items. Cluttered spaces look messy and can make a room appear smaller than it actually is. Additionally, clutter can make a room cluttered which makes the space feel more crowded than it really is. Additionally still, clutter can make a room look dirty even if it is clean because an unkept environment gives off an overall unattractive vibe. It’s time for your home to shine!
Making a few changes can help make your home much more attractive to potential buyers and help it sell more quickly.
It's a myth that staging your home will make it look like every other listing in town. It won't. In fact, you can use the very changes you make to stage your home to create a unique selling proposition—something that will set your house apart from others on the market.
Staging is not just about making a few cosmetic alterations or adding some pretty accessories; it's an opportunity to reimagine your space and appeal to more buyers than ever before. Staging is also an excellent tool for helping sellers see their homes with fresh eyes and uncover any flaws that might be hiding in plain sight (or at least find ways around them).
We hope these tips help you to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. If you’re interested in learning more about staging your house, there are plenty of online resources at your disposal. You can also check out our other blog posts on the topic!
- Staging your home for sale
- Increase home value
- Sell home faster
- Home staging tips
- Curb appeal
- Interior organization
- Updating fixtures
- Inviting entryway
- Attracting buyers
- Market appeal
- Selling potential