10 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

 

Ready to sell your house? Here are a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When listing a home you want to make sure it’s presented in the best light. You wouldn’t buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom in someone’s personal content and trash. This is the same mindset you need to carry into selling your home that will be worth well over a $100,000.

1. SAY BYE TO CLUTTER

The best thing you can do for your home before listing is to get rid of the clutter! Make a rule for your home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the home owner’s furniture is removed to make the house look much bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It’ll be worth the investment to get a storage unit for a couple of months to store away a lot of your furnishings and goods.

2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS

It’s largely misconceived that furniture pushed directly up against walls makes a room look bigger. Instead, you’ll want to float your furniture in each room and away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger.

3. TRANSFORM ROOMS

If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it’s important to purpose the room into something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, office/study, game room, etc.

4. HOME LIGHTING

Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcoming. Most homes are improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents). Utilize natural light by opening blinds and pulling curtains back when you can.

5. GO NEUTRAL

The simple trick to toning down dated finishes in any space is a little bit of fresh paint. You don’t want to go stark white, but look into neutral grey colors. Beige colors can also consist of warm honey like colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life to a generally neutral color. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to keep it on accent walls to help enhance structural features.

6. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER

If you want to make a room look bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room and paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will open up the space and make it seem much larger.

7. USE YOUR GARDEN

Staged homes have an emphasis in fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. If you don’t have the money to go all out on florals, you can get this same effect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY beautiful pieces with fern fronds, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements.

8. GET A FACELIFT

So you can’t afford new cabinets? Then you can just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware to them. Or if your cabinets are in good shape and not out dated just paint or stain the existing cabinets and add new hardware.

9.MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS

Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you’ll want to be sure to make required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. These repairs cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.

10. CLEAN YOUR HOME

Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children and pets, and smokers, have a smell that may go undetected to home owners, but are quickly picked up by strangers. Be sure to have your home professionally cleaned prior to staging to appeal to all buyers that your home is nice and fresh.

 

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Summer has come to an end and you are probably thinking you’ve lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait until next summer. But that’s far from the truth. Although it’s not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of buyers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don’t want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! Selling in a slower period does not equate to less money, that’s a misconception that home owners have based on untrue information that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can sell your home during the fall season.

 

Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season:

1. Serious Buyers – Let’s be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are not always serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the “trend” of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition – Selling in the fall isn’t something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That’s why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the house next door that has a few more upgrades that may have been listed during the summer, doesn’t make your home sit stagnant. It also doesn’t devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention. With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale.

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home – Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful. Don’t feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has a calmer pace, then buying/selling during the fall may be perfect for you.