If you want to sell your home quickly and for the right price, you're need to stage it. Staging a home means setting it up so that it appeals to prospective buyers. Properly staging your home could prove the difference between a quick sale and a long, frustrating process.
So the question is: how do you stage your home as effectively as possible? Well, we’ve read the tips and talked to the experts, and we think we may have the answer. Follow these seven steps, and you’ll be on your way to a fast sale you can be happy with.
Don’t Forget the Exterior
Curb appeal is a big deal; after all, it's the first impression potential buyers will have of your home! There are a lot of small, simple things you can do to boost the saleability of your home from the outside. Give your driveway a good power-wash, plant flowers and greenery, restain your front porch, and regularly mow the lawn.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
We're not just talking about the usual; we’re talking the sorts of things you wouldn’t even think of. Wash the walls, wax the floors, beat the rugs, and dust, dust, dust. You can hire professionals to do this for you, or just devote a weekend to some hardcore cleaning. A spotless house makes a huge impression on all the people that walk through it during a showing.
Ditch the clutter
Staging your home is, in a lot of ways, making it look like you don’t live there. This allows potential buyers to self-insert and imagine how the place can become their own. Help this process by removing clutter, placing distracting furniture in a storage unit, and ensuring your house looks as open and welcoming as possible.
Make it smell good
Bake some cookies the morning before a showing, so that fresh-baked cookie smell lingers in the house. It may seem like a silly idea, but it really works!
There's nothing wrong with painting your home’s walls magenta or flamingo pink… unless you're trying to sell it. Switching to neutrals allows the walls to become more of a backdrop than a statement. That way, people will look at what they could be, instead of being distracted by what they are.
Open closet doors
Buyers touring your home might be nervous about opening closet doors, because they don't want to invade your privacy. Take worry out of the equation by opening up your closets and letting them see the organization within.
Add a little personality
What this means depends on who you are and what you like. Adding some stylistic personality touches will make the home more memorable to people looking at it. Suggestions include: a bowl of lemons on your dining table, some art books on the coffee table, fresh flowers in a pitcher in the kitchen, or anything else you can think of.
Follow these steps and your home will sell in no time. When it comes to your organization and storage needs for the interim, Storage Direct has your back.