By Bitsy McCann
Before calling your real estate agent and scheduling a photographer to take pictures, ensure your home is staged. Home staging helps potential buyers envision themselves in your space, making them more likely to submit an offer. It also gives your home an advantage in the housing market because not everyone stages their home. Hopefully, staging will allow you to sell your home quicker and for the highest price possible. Here are a few tips for home staging.
- Declutter your space.
This makes your space more appealing to buyers and less stressful for you when you move. Go through every item in your home and decide what you will keep, donate and discard. Learn how to declutter like a pro in our "Members on the Move" series.
- Remove all personalization.
Look around each room. That cute family photo? Take it down. The drawings on the fridge? Put them away. Your last name on a wood sign? Hide it in the closet. When people walk through your home, they want to see themselves living there. Family photos and personalized art should be carefully stowed away.
- Be particular about what rooms you stage.
If you are short on time and need to get your home listed quickly, focus on the most important rooms for staging: the living areas, primary bedroom and kitchen. Only move into the guest and children's bedrooms and bathrooms if you have time.
- Meticulously clean everything.
Clean your home like you have never cleaned it before. Pull everything out of the cabinets, shampoo the carpets and clean all surfaces. Dust the baseboards, air ducts and vents. Buyers would much rather purchase a house that is clean from top to bottom than a semi-clean house.
- Tidy up the outdoors.
The front of your home makes the first impression, and the back of your home makes the final impression. Ensure that these impressions are positive by cleaning off your furniture, getting rid of cobwebs, decluttering, depersonalizing and staging the space. Some real estate agents would argue that the outdoor appearance is even more important than the indoor environment.
- Tackle those obvious home repairs.
The last thing you want is a buyer who assumes you have not cared for your property while you have lived there. Look around your home and take note of the imperfections that immediately jump out at you. Those are the things you will want to address before you put your home on the market.
You will most likely be buying a home if you are selling your home. Talk with us before you start looking and get pre-approved for a mortgage. Our mortgage team will take the time to walk you through all your mortgage options. Along with our low mortgage rates and personalized service, we have an online application so that you can get started today. We are here to help if you have any questions!