If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, you may want to consider staging your home. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, a beautifully staged home allows a prospective buyer to picture what “home” looks like inside of this house. If done well, staging a house can help it appear bigger, brighter, and more attractive to those looking to buy.
Not everyone can afford to hire a professional home stager, so today, we’re discussing a few tips that may help you stage your home below.
1. Clear Clutter and Chaos
A messy, cluttered house does not look good and makes it look like your home cannot handle all your belongings. People’s stuff tends to distract buyers and prevents them from seeing the potential of your house. Included in the clutter are personal photos, novelties, boxes, and all of your junk piles. And, yes, you should clear out your closets, garages, basements, and attics, too.
In addition to physical clutter, you should consider getting rid of visual clutter like accent walls painted a bright color or trimmed with bold wallpaper. Neutral walls and design are best when staging your house; that way, you will appeal to the masses.
2. Thoroughly Clean
Once the clutter is gone, you can thoroughly clean your home. A home that is sparkly clean suggests that the current homeowners took good care of the house. Everything, top to bottom, needs to be scrubbed. Take time to dust baseboards, window treatments, moldings, ceiling fans, and all other surfaces that can collect particles. Don’t forget to give the bathrooms and the kitchen and all their appliances and cabinets a little TLC.
3. Rearrange Furniture if Necessary
Arrange your furniture, so there is as much walkable space as possible to really showcases the area. This will help a buyer visualize their furniture and decor in the space. If you have any extra, unnecessary furniture or oversized pieces that don’t contribute to the feel and design, remove it.
4. Get Rid of Odors
One body wants to be in a stinky house, let alone buy one! Do your best to remove any unappealing smells from pets, smoking, or cooking. Freshen it up by opening your windows, baking something delicious smelling, or diffuse essential oils.
5. Let the Light Shine
Before your next open house or professional photo session, make sure to turn on all the lights, including lamps and other accent lighting and closet lights. As soon as the dusk hits, turn on your exterior lighting. Additionally, make sure you open all your curtains. Opening your drapes not only lets in natural light, making things feel brighter, but it also helps the room appear bigger.
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Preparing a home for a sale is time-consuming and exhausting. So, if none of the above sounds appealing, there are other options for you to sell your house.