Staging Your Home

I think we can all agree that selling a home can be stressful. One way to increase the chances of a successful sale is by staging your home. In fact, staged homes often sell faster and for more money than homes that are not staged. Reportedly homes sell 80% faster and for 20% more money. Also, staging is becoming more standard, so if you can expect the other homes for sale in your neighborhood to be competing with you. Proper staging is just one of those things that gives you an edge over the other homes for sale.

Home staging involves arranging and decorating your home in a way that makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Staging highlights the best features of your home, putting the best things "front and center." So let's discuss some key staging points:

1. Hire a professional stager: If you are not comfortable with staging your home yourself, consider hiring a professional stager. A professional stager can offer valuable advice on how to showcase your home's best features and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Stagers may also remove some of your furniture and bring in their own staging furniture to create a look that will appeal to the most buyers. Look for a stager with experience and a good track record of success.

2. Declutter and depersonalize: Before staging your home, declutter and depersonalize your space. Remove any personal items, such as family photos and personal mementos, to make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. Get rid of any unnecessary items and create a clean, clutter-free environment. I talked previously about having an essentials box or bin to stash you daily essential. Then you can tuck the box away in a cabinet or bring it with you during an open house or showing.

3. Highlight your home's best features: When staging your home, focus on highlighting its best features. If you have a beautiful fireplace, for example, make it the centerpiece of the room. If you have a stunning view, make sure your furniture is arranged to showcase it. Draw attention to the unique aspects of your home that will make it stand out to potential buyers. Open the curtains if you have a great view or if it brings in a lot of natural light.

4. Consider curb appeal: The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it's important to make a good first impression. Consider adding some potted plants or flowers to your front porch, making sure your lawn is mowed, and cleaning up any clutter or debris. Don't forget the back yard. Put away the BBQ grill, kids toys, bicycles, etc.

5. Create a neutral color palette: When staging your home, it's important to create a neutral color palette that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. Consider using neutral paint colors, such as beige or gray, and avoiding bold or bright colors that may turn off some buyers. That’s is if you want to appeal to the most buyers. Using a neutral palette allows you to pop the color in elsewhere, such as blankets, pillows or tasteful art pieces. It also allows potential buyers to focus on the actual space and floorplan, rather than focusing on odd colors or bright paint. You want buyers to think about how the space will work for them, to draw them in.

6. Use furniture to define spaces: If you have an open floor plan, use furniture to define different spaces in your home. For example, use a sofa or area rug to define the living room area, and a dining table and chairs to define the dining room area. Again, this will help potential buyers visualize how they can use the space.

Staging your home can make a big difference in the success of your home sale. By following these tips, you can find a professional stager to stage your home in a way that highlights its best features and appeals to the most potential buyers, or you can do it yourself!

 

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