Selling a home can feel like a major undertaking. There are many things that need to be done to ensure that it is in the best possible condition to lure in prospective buyers. While we are experiencing a sellers’ market in most areas, that does not mean that sellers are off the hook. Taking the time to properly stage the home can go a long way towards getting the most for your home as is possible and decrease the amount of time that it takes to sell. Here you will find a few tips and tricks to make your home as appealing as possible to those that are looking to buy.
The first thing you will want to do is to imagine yourself as the homebuyer. Think about the factors that led you to buy the home in the first place. Understanding what the best features of your home are can help you to realize the things that you will want to highlight about it. You will also want to remember that in the staging process that you are putting on a show for potential buyers. This means that you are setting up the home so that they can imagine it as their own. Primarily this means making things stylish, yet simple, so they can imagine how they would decorate the home and make it their own. Excelling in this area will lead to the fastest sale possible, as they will be able to walk in and immediately see their own furniture and decorations in the space.
Once you have come to terms with the importance of staging, you are ready to act. The first thing you will want to do is to remove anything in the home that leads to it appearing cluttered. This can include knick-knacks on shelving, items stored in closets and cabinets and anything else that may lead to the impression that there is not enough storage space in the home. By opening these spaces, you are giving potential buyers the impression that there will be ample space for them to store their belongings when they move in. While it may be surprising, storage space can be one of the biggest factors in making a sale on a home.
You will also want to remove any personal touches that are present in the home. This can include family photos and other keepsakes that you might have. While this can be an emotional process, you want to allow buyers the opportunity to image the home as their own, which can be difficult with pictures of people they do not know hanging about. Remember that you will soon be moving so this step gets you one step closer to being ready for that process.
Another critical aspect is ensuring that the home is always as clean as possible. While this can be challenging while still living in the home, it is imperative. Even the smallest of details, such as fingerprints on the windows, can put off a potential buyer. If you do not have the time to do this daily it is worth the investment to hire someone to do it while going through the selling process. It not only enables a buyer to see the home as their own but tells them that you have taken pride in keeping the home well maintained while you lived in it.
It is also best to remove any sign that pets live in the home. This can be extremely difficult, but many people do not desire to buy a home that once had pets as residents. If possible, it is ideal to place the pet with a friend or family member while trying to sell the home. If that is not an option another possibility is placing them at a kennel or daycare when buyers are coming to view the home. You should also do all that you can to remove any odors or stains that may be present, as that will surely be a major turn off for those that enter the home, even if they have pets of their own.
Finally, you will want to take the time to neutralize the space. This can mean painting walls back to more soothing and generic colors and removing unique types of furniture and decorations. For example, you may absolutely love that your bathroom is a bright shade of yellow, but this is not going to be appealing to everyone. Of course, repainting the room requires time and a financial investment, but doing so will greatly improve your chances of selling quickly. The goal is to ensure that every space can be appealing to anyone and allows those viewing the home to imagine the ways in which they can make it their own.