The snow is disappearing and the sale signs start appearing on homeowners’ lawn. Once the season begins to warm up, people start to prepare their homes and get them ready to be put out in the market.
I am a homeowner myself. If I am to sell my home this spring, how do I make it to sell fast and for more money? Does staging help sell house?
Before we get into the topic, what is house staging anyway?
What is House Staging?
House or home staging is the process of getting a residence ready to be put out in the market place. It aims to make the home more appealing to as many buyers as possible, hence selling it faster and for more money. It focuses on improving the residence’s appearance to make it an attractive product to the buyers.
Does staging help sell house?
Staging has a big impact on its selling process. According to The National Association of Realtors (NAR), it makes it easier for buyers to picture the home as their future abode. Agents also state that it boosts up the dollar value offered. Furthermore, they also say that it lessens the period of time the home stays in the market place.
Finding a good local realtor to work with along with doing the correct updates & upgrades and utilizing home staging tips will boost up the value of your home.
I gathered these tips and put them together to assist you in not only making your home sell fast but also to sell for more money.
STAGING A HOUSE TIPS
Paint is one of the cheapest updates you can make to your home that will bring one of the best investment returns. But do not paint your walls just any colors, go for the neutral ones. This best appeal to the home buyers as neutral palette always works well with almost any home decor. Moreover, neutral colors brighten up the space. They give the room a much cleaner look and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Its time to retire those old light fixtures. Upgrade them to a more contemporary one. There is a wide a variety of available light bulbs to choose from. Ensure to replace the old bulbs with the new and brighter ones.
3. TIDY UP & ORGANIZE
Homebuyers will be opening your closet, not because they are nosy, but to see how much closet you have, so tidy up. The seasonal clothing like your winter jackets crowding your closet, take them out. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of them but box and take them out of the house.
Remove some of your accessories and decor and just leave a few.
If you have children, put their toys away and out of sight.
Give away your old reusable items that’s been sitting in your garage, to charity.
If you have a pet at home, tuck away all the pet items. Also ensure to get rid of the pet odor.
Your home is more spacious and brighter with less clutter, and becomes more appealing to the buyers.
Put away all your personal items such as family portrait on the end table, your fridge door and on your walls. You want buyers to visualize your home as their own. Moreover, you don’t need to create any distractions as you want them to focus their eyes only on your home.
5. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
Make your house sparkle. Clean every corner, baseboards, counters, ceiling, windows and make sure that every surface shine. Clean like you have never cleaned before. Hiring a professional cleaning company is also an option to help you make your home sparkling clean.
source: my kitchen & dining area
6. FIRST IMPRESSION COUNTS THE MOST
Many home buyers will drive by the home first to see if it’s worth viewing the inside (my husband and I did this when we bought our first, second and third home). So, best to make a good impression by making sure that your driveway and walkways are clean. Power wash the exterior and paint your entrance door. Wash your windows and cut your lawn. Plant some flowers and nice greenery outside. Trim your trees and shrubs. Do necessary repairs in your front yard and porch. Also include staging your porch and patio furniture.
Do small repairs. Fix the squeaky door, the nail holes and the dirty marks on your walls that you’ve been putting off for a while.
8. FOCUS ON THESE ROOMS
These are the three that will be the biggest influencing factor for the home buyer’s decision.
source: my living room
(1). Living Room
- To make the room more spacious, remove some pieces of your furniture and put them in the storage.
- Light it up. Open all the blinds and let as much light as you can into the space.
- If you have old furniture, you can buy slip covers for them but choose light, neutral colors. You can also rent staging furniture to use to make the room more appealing.
- Re-arrange furniture in a way that there is enough space to walk around and navigate.
- Use coordinated bright color accessories such as accent pillows and blankets to brighten up the room and make it more inviting.
- Clean the fireplace. Give the fireplace screen a good scrub. Polish those bricks to shine.
- You want the buyers to imagine their life in your home. Make it as comfortable and cozy as possible. This can be easily achieved by anchoring the room using an area rug that will help create a more intimate feel, a perfect spot for family and friends to gather.
- Ensure to accessorize the room in symmetry to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
(2). Master Bedroom
- Use neutral bed sheets and shams
- Make your closet spacious by removing and boxing your seasonal clothing and take them to storage
- Create a more tranquil and relaxed atmosphere by removing your TV and any gaming paraphernalia
- Clean your backsplash, counter, and walls.
- Don’t forget to clean the cabinet interior and under the sink.
- Store pots and pans in your cabinet to a minimum. Remove and box some of them and put to the storage.
- If the cabinetry still looks good, replace the hardware to update the look. If that will not cut it, re-staining or re-painting is your next option.
- If your appliances are in good condition, make sure to make them spotless. However, if they look old and dingy, consider investing on new and energy efficient ones. Go for the stainless- steel appliances. They seem to have more appeal to the buyers.
source: my kitchen
9. JUST BECAUSE
Just because the rest of the rooms are not on the list, that they should be ignored. Below are some considerations you can make.
Minor updates such as re-grouting tiles, re-caulking around the shower room, tub and toilet will make a big difference. Consider painting the cabinets and replacing the old hardware to give them a new fresh look. Repair any leak and replace toilet seat. Remove stains on your sink, shower heads and faucets.
(2) The Extra Room
If you have an extra room in your home, clearly define its function. If you’re using your basement as a storage, it’s time to clean it out. Make it appear as a playroom, a kid’s craft room or whatever you think a buyer might like to see in this room.
The space under the stairs that is left empty, turn it into an extra storage or a reading nook. Turn the non-functional area into a useful space.
Any extra effort you put in will pay off.
source: my kids’ craftroom
Upgrading your flooring will add value to your home.
If you cannot afford the costly upgrade to hardwood flooring,
replace only the common areas such as living room and kitchen
and choose to use a less expensive carpet in the bedroom.
11. MAKE YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT
Invest on making your home more energy efficient. As the growing trend for more energy homes is rising, energy efficient homes are becoming more attractive to many home buyers due to its potential long-term cost savings. Consider these following upgrades:
1. Invest on energy efficient appliances
2. Install energy efficient windows
3. Upgrade HVAC and water heater
4. Install smart thermostat
With any energy efficient upgrades that you make, ensure that your realtor will market your home appropriately.
12. SHOWING DAY
- On this especial day, make sure everything is tidy and clutter free.
- No dirty dishes in the sink.
- Do not cook meal to avoid that lingering scent all over your home, however, that good aroma from baked goods is always an inviting touch.
- Place a bouquet in a vase or a bowl of apples on the kitchen counter. Everything else should be removed and put away.
- In your bathroom, ensure that garbage can is empty. Make sure to put a new bar of soap and hang new fresh towels. Clean the counter and declutter of unnecessary items. Remove all your personal items, such razor, make-up, etc., and put them out of sight.
- Remove your pets on showing day along with their items. Ensure to get rid of the unpleasant odor.
- An empty dining table will look bare. Place decorative items on it, like a vase with flowers or candle holders.
- Place a clean door mat.
source: my open-concept home
Do you have any staging tips to share? Please write them on the comment section. We’d like to hear from you. 🙂