The way you live in your home, and the way you sell your home are two completely different things. It’s important to know that it is difficult for home buyers to picture themselves living in your home when it is full of your furniture, personal items, and family photos. They see you living there, not themselves. So when selling your home, it’s imperative to help them visualize living in your space… They say once a buyer mentally hangs the curtains, the house is as good as sold.
Here are some tips to helping your house sell faster, and for more money.
8 Rules for Staging your Home:
- Declutter: Less is more!! You want your home to look like a model home. That means you want to give the buyer an idea of what each room’s purpose is, not completely decorate it using your taste. You’re going to have to pack up eventually, so get the ball rolling and pack up anything you don’t need on a daily basis. One picture per room, hung over the bed is enough!
- De-personalize: Pack up all family photos, awards, posters, political and religious items, trinkets from travel, bills, and any personal information laying around. It’s not safe to have many of these things on the internet and around when strangers are walking through your home.
- Engage them from the curb: Add plants, re-mulch, pressure wash driveway/sidewalks, trim bushes and trees to reveal windows. This is their first impression of the house. Make it a good one!
- Arrange furniture: Stand in each door way and look through the eyes of the buyer. After all, that is where they are going to stand to get the full impression of the room. In a bedroom, make sure the bed is the focal point, and you can see the headboard. In a living room, highlight the best feature by pointing furniture towards it: A great view, the fireplace, etc. Less furniture is more when staging the rooms!
- Clean, clean, clean: A clean house will smell better and sell better! Clean like your hosting a party, leaving no stone unturned!
- Repairs: Do all the repairs you know need to be made. They will come up on the inspection anyways, so go ahead and get it out of the way, making the house showcase much better!
- Paint: Paint any rooms that are not a neutral color. You might love the bright red paint in your dining room, but bold colors can turn buyers off. Paint is a fast and easy way to freshen up a room that’s a little outdated and too loud.
- Light: Open all curtains and blinds for the showings. Light lets the room appear larger and brightens the mood.