Uncategorized July 1, 2024

Five Tips & Tricks for Staging Your Home

You’ve officially decided to put your home on the market. Consider staging your home to maximize the sale price. Staging means changing your home to optimize its appeal to potential buyers and can involve cleaning, organizing, redecorating, rearranging furniture, or making external changes to enhance the home’s aesthetic appeal. While some may hire a professional stager, many prefer a DIY approach. Here are five tips and tricks to help you stage your home effectively.

Declutter

Decluttering tops the list for a reason. Even the most beautiful home can be overshadowed by clutter. Buyers want to see the true potential of your home, and decluttering allows your space to shine. Since you’ll be moving and packing anyway, start by boxing up items you don’t need. It will give you a head start on packing and help prepare your home for showings.

Clean Thoroughly

Cleaning is a must and should be more comprehensive than a quick dust and vacuum. Buyers will focus on the details and may interpret a dirty home as poorly maintained. Deep cleaning your home can make a significant difference and be the deciding factor for a buyer to choose your home over another.

Define Your Spaces

If buyers walked into your home right now, would they understand the purpose of each room? If not, part of your staging process should include defining each space. Buyers want to see how they can utilize each area of your home. Convert that catch-all room into an office, or turn a basement into an entertainment room. For open floor plans, clearly define different areas with furniture arrangement, rugs, or color schemes to help buyers see the full potential of your home.

Give It a Refresh

To make your home stand out, consider making minor updates. Walk through your home as if seeing it for the first time. Would a fresh coat of paint in the entryway enhance its appeal? Could adding plants or fresh flowers brighten up the living space? Consider using an air purifier or scented candles to address any lingering odors. Small adjustments such as these can greatly influence how potential buyers perceive your home.

Don’t Forget the Exterior

First impressions matter, and the exterior of your home is the first thing buyers see. Ensure the outside is as ready to be viewed as the inside. Trim bushes, plant flowers, sweep the porch, pull weeds, and mow the lawn. Consider power washing the exterior if needed. If you have pets, clean up after them before showings. Remember: A well-maintained exterior can set a positive tone for the entire visit.

Partner With a Realtor for Staging Help

Staging your home can be challenging, but any steps you take to make your home stand out in a competitive market are worth it. Please get in touch with me for more advice on preparing your home for the market. I can provide a more detailed list or connect you with top-notch home staging professionals. I’m here to help!