If you want your home to look the absolute best for when potential buyers walk in, then you are in the right place. The key is to help them imagine they are already living there and is a great practice to highlight your home’s most impressive assets. A stat by the National Association of Realtors said that on the sellers standpoint it increases the value of the home by 6% to 10%. This is pretty substantial when it comes to the price of a home.
With so much to gain, it makes sense for sellers to put time and effort into staging their home, and fortunately, many of the best staging tips don’t require spending a lot of money. Whether you’re just getting ready to sell or want to bring new life to your current home, here are 10 of the best home staging tips that will help your home sell fast for more money.
1. Stage where it counts
You want to focus your efforts on the rooms that have the biggest potential to influence buyers’ decisions, and spend less time on the rooms that won’t make much of a difference.
2. De-personalize the space
One of the primary objectives of home staging is to help prospective buyers visualize the space as their own. You want the home to have style and charm, but it should be devoid of personal touches that suggest this home belongs to the seller, not the buyer.
3. Get rid of clutter
Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells. Make your home look bigger and more desirable by editing down to just the basics. Buyers will be opening your closets to look at their storage potential, so take your time there removing as many miscellaneous and non-crucial items as you can.
4. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before
Spring cleaning has nothing on the cleaning you should do when you’re putting your home on the market. You want every square inch to shine, from the baseboards to the corners of your ceilings and everywhere in between. A squeaky clean home suggests to buyers that the current tenants took good care of the property.
5. Patch and repair
Home staging is a good time to tackle the tiny nicks, scratches, holes, and other impurities that signal neglect to buyers. Start with a melamine foam eraser pad and go room to room removing any scuffs from walls. You may need to do some paint touch ups too.
6. Go neutral
This staging tip is a bit more time and cost intensive, but it can make a major difference when it comes to your sale price and time on the market. Bright colors on walls help people express their personality in their homes, but they can be a major turn-off for buyers.
7. Make a good first impression
The first thing a buyer is going to see when they walk up to your house is the front entrance, so you want it to make a strong positive impression. Remove any sort of seasonal decorations, which can date a house in both pictures and during viewings.
8. Focus on fresh
While too many extraneous items in a home can detract from its perceived value, a few healthy, well-placed plants and flowers can add life and freshness into the space. Space them out so as not to clutter any one particular area, but try to have a couple fresh items such as plants in areas that matter. Another aspect of freshness is making sure there are no odors.
9. Let there be light
Dark rooms are sad rooms. Brighten up by letting as much light shine in the house as possible. Open the blinds on all of the windows, which in addition to letting in more light will also make rooms seem bigger.
10. Rearrange your furniture
You want there to be as much open, walkable space as possible. This helps buyers navigate the space, and also helps them better visualize their own furniture in each room. Put extraneous furniture in storage to get it out of the way, focusing on getting rid of any oversized pieces, damaged pieces, and those that that don’t match the rest of the room.