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Staging Your Home in Preparation to Sell Faster

January, 31st, 2019 at 10:54 am

Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Quickly

You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home. The task may seem daunting from finding a reliable real estate agent, home inspector, a lender for your new home, etc. Hiring a home stager may be the last on your list to sell your home, but it’s proven to be one of the most important items on your to-do list. Staging your home is one of the strongest investments you can make in the process of selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.

We’ve broken down the basic questions to ask yourself before staging your home in preparation to sell.

Why are you staging your home?

There’s statistical proof that staging works in shortening the time your house is on the market and how much you get for your home. Buyers do not want to see family photos, children’s playsets on the living floor, and other indicators that the home your selling belongs to you and lived in.

A 2017 study conducted by the National Association for Realtors, found that 49% of buyers’ agents believe staging affects most buyers’ view of a home.  Understanding the value of home staging is the first step to getting your home sold fast.

How much clutter do you have around your home?

A way to save money before a home stager arrives at your home is to declutter. Remove all the knick-knacks in your home and do a deep clean. Make your kitchen immaculate and the other rooms in your home sparkle. Clean your carpets professionally and remove marks and scuffs from your walls. Air your house out and avoid using scented candles and air fresheners since they may cause breathing issues for your potential buyer. Do you have pets? Be sure to clean everything your pet touches. No one likes pet order in their prospective new home.

Have you removed all of your furniture?

This is where renting a storage unit comes in very handy. Remove approximately half of your existing furniture from your home and consider renting furniture during the time your house is on the market. This way, buyers see themselves in your home with clean and new furnishings. If you’ve already moved out and into a new home, consider pop-up furniture which is made of corrugated cardboard or plastic. Pop up furniture looks appealing and does the same job as the real thing.

How do I stage each room?

We’ve broken down how to stage each room in your home with these quick and easy tips.

Bedroom

  • Make your bed. This one seems obvious, but it’s more complex than you may think. Making your bed isn’t just making sure your sheets and comforter are tidy. Pottery Barn has a great chart showing you how to properly make your bed to maximize appeal.

Kitchen

  • Add a bowl of fresh fruit and flowers. Flowers are known to release endorphins when both men and women see them. Fresh flowers also add a pleasant smell to the room.

Dining Room

  • Buy a new neutral colored table cloth. Table clothes are a very cheap cover up for your table’s imperfections and can make your kitchen look bigger with lighter color choices.

Bathroom

  • Add a new toilet roll. A new roll seems inconsequential, but staging your home is about detail. Also, replacing the toilet roll makes the bathroom look unused and new, which is important in a bathroom.