Staging is the art of preparing your home for sale before showing it to prospective buyers.
The point of staging is to highlight the property’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and make it more appealing.
With the right decorating techniques, you can win buyers over the moment they step through the door.
Below are a few quick staging tips to help make your house irresistible to potential buyers. Keep in mind that the same staging techniques and design styles don’t always translate between downtown Indianapolis lofts, Broad Ripple bungalows and Carmel estates. So be sure to keep your potential buyers in mind when preparing your home for sale.
1. Put Everything Away
The first step is to put away anything that is not essential. This will open up the house so that it appears more spacious.
Even if you have to rent a storage unit, finding a new home for all of your family’s projects and collections should clear some space and help buyers imagine their own belongings in your home for sale.
Pay special attention to entryways and narrow hallways to improve your prospective buyer’s sense of spaciousness.
2. Get Rid Of Clutter
Less is more. Be sure to clear off the things that gather on kitchen counters and surfaces, such as old magazines, kitchen appliances and stacks of mail.
Also, emptying out your closets of half of the things inside them will make them look much roomier.
Use this time as an opportunity to thin the number of largely unused items that your family has collected over the years. You’re going to be moving soon anyway…why not start the process of packing things up?
And look on the bright side; moving into a new house will be much easier after you have donated your unneeded items to a charity.
3. Fresh Scents Make Sense
You’d be surprised by how much the sense of smell comes into play when buyers are viewing a house.
To avoid turning buyers off with pet or smoke odors, make sure you give each room a deep clean, including the air vents and carpeting.
Just covering up stale odors with air fresheners won’t do the job.
Consider baking cookies and leaving them out for potential buyers (and agents) to enjoy while showing. Its a win/win with pleasing the sense of smell AND taste!
4. Let In The Light
You’d be surprised how many dark homes I’ve shown. Buyers are looking for spacious rooms with a lot of natural light, so make sure you open the blinds and turn on all the lights.
If you have rooms that are a bit dark, you can add floor lamps to make them brighter or flowers to suggest sunlight.
Home staging can make a big difference in how potential buyers see your home for sale, so make sure you set the mood to make it as attractive as possible. If you need help, or don’t know where to start, let us know. A great place to look for design ideas are in the models for new-construction homes. They pay designers lots of dollars and do countless focus groups to see what designs work with buyers. Why not take a page from their book? We can point you in the right direction or refer you to a professional. The time and/or money spent will be well worth it when your home sells!
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