These 6 home staging tips to sell your home are the final touches for readying your home for the buying market. These staging tips are relatively low cost and in many cases free. Having your house staged and market ready will help you reduce the days on the market it takes to sell your home and will help net you more money.
TIP 1 – Curb appeal matters.
Curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer has on whether or not they want to go inside of your home. Make sure your yard is cleaned up and ready to go. Mow the grass, trim the bushes, and edge planting beds as well as the sidewalks and walk ways.
Fresh mulch and pine straw on all beds helps put a finishing touch. Consider putting an extra layer of mulch and pine straw in areas. It can add a lush look and help keep the weeding to a minimum. In the fall, be sure to keep the leaves blown.
If you are a selling a condo or townhome, you will want to make sure the exterior of the building(s) and the landscaping are maintained. If you are in a smaller community, talk to the Homeowner’s Board and the Association to see if you can do a few clean up projects if needed. Remember, buyers are buying into the complex as well as the condo you are selling.
Tip 2 – Pack up and put away items you don’t need on a daily or weekly basis.
You are going to have to pack up and box up the house anyway – so why not before you list the house? You can donate items you know you won’t use in your new home. For items you will want in your new home, consider boxing everything up and putting into a rented storage unit nearby.
Many sellers overlook cleaning out and organizing their closets and pantries before listing on the market. These are very important areas to buyers. Make sure you organize and clean closets, pantries and cabinets.
Garages and storage areas are important spaces for buyers and often overlooked by sellers. You don’t want to overload the storage spaces with lots of boxes even if they well-organized stacks of boxes. You don’t want to send the message you are out of storage and space.
Having crowded closets, garages, and homes tells the buyer the house is too small. You want the home to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Tip 3 – Stage rooms to be used as they were meant to be used.
Bedrooms should be staged as bedrooms. Your dining room should be a dining room and not a playroom. Most buyers and many real estate agents can’t look past what they see in the house. Show them what they want to see.
If you have exercise equipment in your bedroom remove it and set up a bed to show off the room. Consider new sheets and thick comforter or duvet for the bed. While home offices are desirable features for most Intown Atlanta buyers, it is easier for a buyer to see a bedroom as an office than it is to see an office as a bedroom. The goal is to appeal to the most ready, willing and able buyers actively looking to buy.
Tip 4 – Declutter the countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.
You want to make sure there are lots of open spaces on all of the countertops. We tend to fill it up the space we have. Countertops are high demand areas in kitchens and bathrooms.
Kitchen countertops need to be as free from items as possible. If you don’t use it everyday – put it away in a cabinet or box up for storage. Items you use frequently and can’t live without make sure it is show worthy and adds to the kitchen’s visual appeal. If your coffee pot is 30 years old, chances are it should be stowed out of sight. Toaster ovens are rarely attractive enough to be left out. Rearrange the pantry or cabinets to stow away these items out of sight for showings.
If you have a dishwasher, consider leaving the kitchen sponges and cleaning tools and sink stoppers in the top tray. Make sure they are all dishwasher safe in case they are not removed before running the dishwasher.
In your bathrooms, remove personal items such as toothbrushes and hairbrushes from the countertops. You want the prospective buyer to see the house as theirs and not yours. Create a system where you can stow away toothbrushes and razors out of sight for showings. Clear out a drawer or a cabinet where you will still have easy access for use but they are out of sight for showings. Ideally you will just have some hand soap and a clean hand towel out and little else on your bathroom countertops.
Tip 5 – Clean your house.
Clean your house like your mother-in-law is visiting and bringing her white gloves. Cleanliness does matter and telegraphs to the prospective buyer the condition of the rest of your house including the items they can’t see.
Do the windows. Yes, wash the windows – inside and out. Consider hiring a professional for this task. You will be amazed at what an impact it makes when the windows are cleaned properly. Resist the urge to use the hose spray cleaners, as they will leave streaks and spots.
Take note of the top of the refrigerator and the tops of the chandelier. These are places that most of us don’t see. The prospective buyer who is 6’ or taller will see these places.
Heating and air conditioning vents and return vents are often in need of a good vacuum and wipe down. Often if the vents are dirty it means the filter is need of changing or cleaning. Replace the filter as necessary.
Appliances are often overlooked and need to be cleaned especially if they are being conveyed with the sale of the home. Clean the microwave, the oven, the stove and the refrigerator. Prospective buyers will open the oven door and look to see how big of a turkey will fit. You will need to keep these clean while the house is on the market and being shown.
These 6 home staging tips are important to do before the pictures are taken and the sign is placed in the yard. You only have one chance to make a great first impression even if the first impression is online.