Staging Your Home for Sale
Create a space that’s sure to impress
Staging is one of the most effective ways to make your home look truly amazing before it makes its debut on the housing scene. Not only will staging efforts create a neutral, inviting space for buyers to envision their own happy lives, but proper staging will also enhance the quality of the photographs you can utilize in your online listing. A compelling set of photos will boost your marketing efforts and drive more in-person showings.
Here are a few ways you can stage your home in a way that helps it stand out from the competition:
Depersonalize Your Home
Start by taking down all personal items, such as family pictures, refrigerator magnets, and college diplomas. Leaving personal memorabilia throughout the home can create an awkward atmosphere for buyers, as they might feel like they are encroaching on someone else’s private space. Instead, you want buyers to be free to imagine what the home would look and feel like if it were theirs. Plus, these depersonalization efforts will help you get a head start on the packing process.
Buyers want to get an up-close-and-personal look at the layout and functionality of the home itself. However, clutter can interrupt this process. Thus, it’s essential to store away any miscellaneous items that detract from the flow and purpose of each room. For example, limit yourself to four chairs around your dining room table. In addition, refrain from leaving any items sitting out on your kitchen countertops except for a bowl of fresh fruit or a lovely potted plant.
It’s also essential to think about the flow of foot traffic in busy areas like your dining room and living room. To create a more evenly balanced flow from room to room, consider removing any excess furniture and placing each individual piece at an appropriate distance away from the wall. Aim for four feet of space when possible, as this will ensure that the room doesn’t feel too cramped or cluttered.
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Don’t forget to look for ways to improve your home’s curb appeal. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so you want to make sure that the front of your home draws buyers in and excites them for what they can expect to see inside. Look for ways to boost your landscaping by adding fresh flowers to your flower bed and trimming back bushes so that they gorgeously frame the front of your home. You might also want to repaint the front door and add elegant exterior lighting.
Use Mirrors to Enhance the Appearance of Natural Light
Homes show better during the day, in large part because of the way natural light enhances the appearance of each room. Don’t be afraid to open up your curtains and blinds before showings to let more light flood into your home. You can also boost the appearance of natural light by adding mirrors to each room, which will make the space appear brighter and deeper. This tactic is especially beneficial in rooms where you don’t have as much natural light coming in as you would prefer.
Work With a Professional
If you want your home to be a true show-stopper, it’s essential to team up with a professional who knows how to get the job done. Felicia Captain will provide top-tier selling advice along your real estate journey, helping you with everything from staging and design to negotiations. Felicia is ready to help you stage your home to sell for the best possible price. Contact her today to get started!