How-To Guide For Staging Your Home

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Want to know the secret to selling your home faster? Staging your home is one of the easiest ways you can appeal to potential buyers. The small touches that go into staging will help them envision the home’s potential and allow them to picture themselves living there.

Make Your Porch Say “Welcome Home!”

Give your buyers a great first impression before they step through the front door. Even if your porch is small, make it warm and inviting. Put a clean welcome mat in front of the door. Set out a blooming potted plant or two. If you have the space, add a few pieces of outdoor furniture.

Clean Your House Until It Shines

An unkempt house is one of the fastest ways to turn off potential buyers who come to visit. Clean everything until it shines. Pay attention to every minor detail because buyers will notice even the smallest things. You might want to hire a cleaning company to come do a deep, thorough cleaning.

Clear out some of your belongings. Move the excess to a friend’s garage or to a storage facility. When your cabinets or closets are full, it makes the storage space look smaller than it is. Clearing out the clutter will make everything look open and spacious. Ideally, you should aim for about 20 to 30 percent free space in cabinets and closets.

Keep the Styling Neutral

Maybe you love bold colors or vintage style, but there is no one design style that is universally appealing. Even though paint colors, furnishings, and decorations can all be changed rather easily, buyers tend to get hung up on these details. So stick with neutral paint colors and simple, classic decor. You will have the chance to enjoy your personal style preferences again in your new home.

Another part of keeping a neutral style is removing any personal touches such as family portraits and personalized or monogrammed items. You want your home to be a clean slate where buyers can envision their own belongings and style preferences.

Place a Few Accent Pieces

While your house should look clean and spacious, you still want it to look inhabited. Put a vase of fresh flowers in the center of the table. It will add some color and smell great. Set out a bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter. These little touches will help make your home seem inviting.

Rearrange the Furniture

While your furniture is currently arranged in a way that is practical for your family’s everyday needs, it might not have the best visual impact to impress potential buyers. When staging your home, keep symmetry in mind. Try to create a sense of balance in every space. If you have any spare rooms you’ve been using for storage, rearrange them so they have a clear purpose such as an office or a guest bedroom.

Make the Most of Unique Spaces

Many homes have awkward spaces that are not always practical such as an open space under the stairs, a nook, or an alcove. Try to find a way to make the most out of this area. Find a small bookcase or a piece of artwork that fits perfectly in this space. By staging your home, you can make this awkward place a selling point that will help your home stand out from the rest.

Staging your home takes some time and planning, but the results are well worth the effort you put into it. Your realtor can provide you with more tips for staging your home to appeal to the buyers in your area.

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