So you’re selling your home. Congratulations! It’s an exciting step, but it can also be a scary one, especially when negative thoughts begin swirling around in your head. What if no one likes it? What if it doesn’t sell quickly? What if it doesn’t sell at all?
With those fearful questions in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best staging tips that are sure to secure the sale. Let’s get started.
Be Natural with Neutrals
For most home viewers, neutral walls are the way to go. Beige, tan, lighter grays, linen whites, and pale yellows usually go over well with home viewers. These colors will create a blank canvas for the buyer’s imagination to flow freely. Plus, these colors make it easier to stage the home.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter is stressful, and not just for you and your family. It can be disarming for potential buyers to see a large amount of clutter throughout the home. While the obvious areas are the kitchen and bookshelves, don’t forget to clean out the bathroom counters and closets, too.
Set the Table
No one wants to see a blank dining room table. That’s boring and uninspiring. Instead, try setting your table with beautiful china or with a simple statement piece in the middle of the table. Try not to be too personalized, but the extra touch creates an inviting feeling in potential buyers.
While some elements of personalization are encouraged, for the most part, you should try to depersonalize your space as much as possible. You might have a gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen with lots of rustic focal points, but that doesn’t mean your style will appeal to the most number of potential buyers. Try to tone down the elements of your home that are uniquely “you” and keep things chic and neutral. People want to envision themselves living in the home, not what it looks like for you to live there.
Clean and Lived-In
Sparkling clean is the look you want to go for, but that doesn’t mean you want to strip everything down to the bare minimum. Add touches of “lived-in” flare. A vase of freshly cut flowers on your dining room table or a basket of fresh produce on your kitchen island are great options for your space. They aren’t overly personal, but they add a touch of warmth to the room.
While you might prefer your sofa against the wall, stylistically that choice isn’t very appealing. Pull your furniture away from the walls and pair them symmetrically to create an inviting area. When organizing your new design, think of the best way to have a conversation and arrange the furniture with that in mind.
Spruce Up the Curb Appeal
The exterior of the home is the first thing people will see when viewing it. So it has to look good. Give your siding and porch areas a good soft wash to remove any built up grime. Be sure the landscaping is in tip-top shape, i.e. the lawn is mowed, the gardens weeded, the shrubs pruned. Ensure your gutters are firmly secured and flowing properly. (To save a little time, call one of our pros to help with this step.)
Bake some cookies or apple pie right before you have guests arrive. It will fill the home with a sense of nostalgia and homecoming. For those of us who are really lazy, just light a candle of a familiar scent.
Good luck with your home selling adventure!
Looking for a little help with sprucing up the exterior of your home? We can definitely take care of that for you.