If this is the first house you are about to sell, you have likely heard your real estate agent tell you to stage the home. Staging the home is a process in which a buyer can picture themselves living in it. During this process, you arrange furnishings and other items in the home to make it more modern and welcoming for the home buyer.
Why stage your home? Because it helps the home sell faster than a home that is not staged. Below, we will talk about some ways that you can successfully stage your home to ensure it is sold within a reasonable timeframe.
Get Rid of Your Clutter
One of the first things you need to do to properly stage your home is remove ALL clutter from the home. You cannot stage a home with disorganization and a bunch of your items misplaced throughout the house. It is important for you to remove as much as you can from the home. If you need to, it is recommended that you rent a self-storage unit to keep your personal items until your home is sold.
One of the most common items that people fail to remove when staging their home is their pictures. While you have built memories in your home and you want to show them off, home buyers do not want to see pictures of you and your family. That is just the truth, so do take the pictures down and put them away until you can hang them up in your new home.
Get New Furniture
If you have old or worn down furniture, you do NOT want to stage your home with this. In fact, doing so can actually have negative consequences for you. You want to make sure that your home is stage perfectly so that it sells and the best way to do that is to get new furniture.
We know that it does not make sense to buy all new furniture to stage the home and you do not have to. In fact, you can rent furniture for the short amount of time you need it to stage the home. Once the home is sold, return the furniture and that is it.
Paint the Home a Neutral Color
While you may have enjoyed the bright colors on the walls, home buyers are not privy to this and you should go through the house and paint it with neutral and soft colors. Remember, the goal here is to help the home buyer visualize themselves living in the space so choose a color that anyone will like and one that makes the room look bright and large.
Don’t Forget the Curb Appeal
The BIGGEST mistake you can make is not fixing up the outside of your home. Your home’s curb appeal is so important and often missed by sellers. Take some time to mow the lawn, clean the outside of the house, plant some flowers, and even paint the front door. You won’t regret it and it will make your home that much more beautiful on the outside.
Stage Your Home Today to Get it Sold Tomorrow
Staging your home for sale takes time but it is worth it in the end because your house will sell. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal of staging is to help the home buyer visualize themselves within the home.