The Dos And Donts Of Staging Your Home

The Dos And Donts Of Staging Your Home

When it comes to selling a home I think it is safe to say every seller has the same goal in mind. Sell their home fast and for the highest price. You just know that your home is worth every penny you are asking and is the most beautiful home on the market. However, your home has now been on the market for longer than you ever expected and you just cannot figure out why. While you love your cute kitten statues and your retro lamps, the couple that just left did not even realize your beautiful fire place because of the clutter on the mantel. It may be time to learn the dos and don’ts of staging your home to make sure you get the top dollar that you know your home is worth.


                As mentioned before, clutter is not what helps your home sell. You want to make sure you declutter every area of your house. Go through your garage, closets, drawers, cabinets and any other places in your home. Believe it or not, when a potential buyer is looking for their perfect home they are going to check everything. Once you go through all of your belongings and you have managed to form a “keep pile” now it is time to organize it. Any items that belong in drawers organize them with baskets. Hang all of your clothes neatly and make sure your shoes organized as well. If your keep pile is rather large and you are still feeling cluttered rent a storage unit. All of your belongings are being kept and plus you are one step ahead on packing.


                An empty house leads to an empty feeling. When a potential buyer walks into your home you want them to feel full of eagerness. An empty house makes it difficult for a buyer to visualize themselves living there.  If your home is staged with proper furniture and décor the buyer does not have to guess what it would look and feel like living there. Have you ever walked into an empty room and thought how small it looked? However, once you added furniture and décor it seemed to look and feel larger. Well, that’s because an empty room always appears smaller and you never want a buyer to feel they won’t have enough room for all of their belongings. Also, when arranging your furniture never block the rooms best features. You want to enhance those features by making sure your large windows and your beautiful fireplace are available to be seen at all times.


                When you have a potential buyer walk into your home make sure they feel a sense of comfort. Have a few candles lit in different parts of your home. Arrange your pillows on your couch and do the same for your bed. Hang nice towels in your bathroom along with possible matching rugs. Another sense of comfort is cleanliness. A buyer does not want to tour a dirty home. All that time spent staging the home will be what they notice AFTER they notice the dust and dirt all over your home.


                Every room of your home is important to a potential buyer, but the one area you want to make sure is appealing is the kitchen. Your kitchen should reflect your commitment to the home’s maintenance and assure buyers that your house is the perfect one for them. As mentioned earlier, make sure decluttering is a major priority. There is no bigger turn off for a potential buyer than touring your kitchen and not being able to decipher the refrigerator door front because it’s covered in family photos. Declutter your counter tops and remove all non-essential small appliances. Toasters, can openers, utensil containers and excessive cookbooks can make your countertop look unappealing. By no means does this mean get rid of your possessions, but store them away neatly in closed cabinets. Always make sure to clean out your major appliances. Believe it or not potential buyers will look inside the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher. Wipe away any crumbs and spills from last night’s dinner. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher before a showing.


                While you are working on cleaning and decluttering your kitchen take a look at your major appliances. Major appliances are just that: major. Outdated appliances can make a difference in your selling price by thousands. When a potential buyer realizes they have to update appliances throughout the home, they are going to subtract that amount from their offer. However, not everyone has the funds available to update every appliance and that is understandable. Another option for upgrading your kitchen is to use simple do-it-yourself methods to upgrade the appearance of a dull stainless steel refrigerator or dishwasher. Also, if your appliances need to be serviced, call a repair person to take care of the issues before potential buyers tour your home.


                Wondering if your home is going to sell is a worry that can be avoided. If you are wondering is staging my home worth it? Consider this: a staged home is one that sells faster, says The Real Estate Staging Association, which did a survey on this topic. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the survey’s results, “The group studied 174 homes that had been on the market for an average of 156 days before homeowners hired a professional home stager. After staging, they sold an average of 42 days after re-listing.


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