Home Staging Tips for A Fast Sale
If you’re planning to put your home on the market this spring or summer, you probably would like to sell it as quickly as possible and get as much money as possible. Most homeowners want that — but not everyone achieves that goal.
We know that staged homes sell faster, and often for more money. Here’s some home staging tips that will help put you on the fast track for a fast sale:
1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with good reason. Many people will drive by a home and based on that will determine whether they want to look inside. Make your home as inviting as possible by:
- Power washing siding and walkways
- Hanging easy-to-read house numbers
- Planting blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Mowing lawn, and reseeding or adding fresh sod as needed
- Mulching flower beds
- Washing front windows
- Repainting or staining the porch floor and front door as needed
- Make your front porch or stoop as inviting as possible with a fresh doormat, potted plants and if you have room, one or two pieces of porch furniture.
2. Get Your House Sparkling Clean. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. Consider hiring pros to do some of the really tough stuff.
3. Clear Away All Clutter. It’s not easy and you may need to consider utilizing offsite storage temporarily, but this is one of the most important and cost-effective things you can do to prepare your home for market. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.
4. Strike A Balance Between Clean And Lived-In. You’ve just gotten rid of all the “stuff” that’s not visually appealing, but you want to judiciously add elements that will make your home appealing. Think vases of cut flowers, a basket of apples or a bowl of lemons on the counter.
5. Style Your Dining Table. The dining room is often a blind spot in decorating the home. Between dinners, a large dining table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it with visitors in mind can increase the appeal. An oversized arrangement can look stiff and formal, so you may consider lining up a series of vessels down the center of the table instead.
6. Look Down. Don’t forget your floors. At the minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam cleaning for carpets). Consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape, or strategically placing area rugs to warm up the space.
7. Rearrange Your Furniture. Symmetrical arrangements of furniture work well in the living room. Pull furniture off the walls and use pairs of sofas, chairs, and lamps to create an inviting conversation area.
8. Choose Sophisticated Neutral Colors. And then consider adding a “pop” of color. Now is not the time to paint your walls lime green. But that doesn’t mean you need to make the room completely beige and white. Use lots of rich midtone neutrals to create a sophisticated backdrop that will help pull everything together.
9. Create A Gender-Neutral Master Bedroom. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored, yet serene master bedroom free of personal items and clutter. Clean, crisp linens and tasteful artwork will set the mood you want.
10. Open Those Closets! Would-be buyers will peek inside your closets and closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it feature for some buyers, so show yours off to their full potential by giving excess stuff the heave-ho. If you need to pack up some boxes and store them elsewhere, go ahead and do so. Try to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
11. Clean Up Toys. If you have children, pick up their toys. Yes, their will be families with children looking at your home and their kids have toys too, but that doesn’t mean seeing them strewn everywhere will help sell them on your home. When people are house hunting, they are imagining a fresh start, how life will be when they buy a new home. Show them that in this home, it is possible to have a beautifully organized kids’ room, with a place for everything, and they might be swayed.
12. Use Any “Extra” Rooms Wisely. If you have been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to redefine the space. Each room should have a clearly defined purpose – not several purposes. Think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Making a real room out of the “junk room” could really have a big payoff.
13. Try A Pedestal Sink to Maximize Space. If you have a small bathroom but a huge cabinet-style sink, consider swapping it with a simple pedestal sink. Your bathroom will instantly appear larger.
14. Use Only Perfect Personal Accents. Make sure that everything visitors can see is pristine. So if you have a gorgeous fluffy white bathrobe, hanging it on a hook on the bathroom door can be an attractive accent. But if your robe is threadbare and floral, hide it away. Look at every detail with a visitor’s eye. For example, we usually tell clients to take everything off the refrigerator, yet we had a client who left a pretty flyer for a local yoga studio’s class schedule on her refrigerator because she thought her target audience would find that appealing. And during the first open house, I heard a woman tell her partner, “Look honey, there is a yoga studio right down the street that I could go to.”
15. Show How You Can Use Awkward Areas.
If you have any room beneath the stairs, or a nook or alcove anywhere in your home, try to find a unique way to show it off. By setting up a small work station, a home command center with a bulletin board, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point. For more under stair storage ideas click here.
16. Beware Pet Odors. Really, this can be a big turnoff for buyers. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Be sure you don’t put the litterbox someplace that’s a focal point. And keep any well-loved pet toys and chewed-on doggie bones hidden away when tours are scheduled.
17. Create A Lifestyle People Are Looking For. People don’t just buy houses. They buy the life they envision leading once they own the house. Generally speaking, you want to play up what your neighborhood or area is known for. Have a house in a quiet, grassy suburb? Hanging a hammock in your back yard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch.
18. Stage the Outdoors Too. Even if your condo has only a tiny patio, play it up with a cute bistro table and chairs. You want people to think, “What a great spot for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee,” not — “How tiny!” Make sure your outdoor space reflects the season and that any extra features you have, like a pool or fire pit, are cleaned and ready to go.
19, Consider Getting Professional Advice. Professional home stagers don’t work ONLY on empty houses. They can help you maximize the appeal of your home utilizing many of the items you already have. At The Shannon Jones Team, we know that staging helps our clients get top dollar and we offer our clients complementary staging consultations.