How To Stage a House For Sale
What is Home Staging?
Home staging is all about making an illusion throghout the home. It's goes way beyond decorating, organizing and cleaning. Home Stageing is about creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it.
On the other hand, it's about more than preparing the house for sale. Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it's all about dressing the house up for sale.
Tips and Tricks For Home Staging
De-Personalize: Pack up those photographs and personal belongings. This is a major distraction and buyers are wanting to picture themselves living in the home.
De-Clutter: Over all the years, we all collect junk. You definitely do not want your home looking cluttered and junky when buyers are walking through.
- Remove all books from bookcases.
- Pack up those knickknacks.
- Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
- Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
Organize Closets and Kitchen Cabinets: Buyers really love to look into everything, especially the room and space of closets and kitchen cabinets to see if they will have enough room for clothes, and dishes.
- hang hangers facing the same way
- line up your shoes
- organize pots, pans, utensils, dishes
Rent a Storage Unit While Selling: Every home look more presentable with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. The last thing you want buyers thinking to themselves is "What is this room used for"
Make Minor Repairs:
- Patch up holes in walls
- Fix leaky faucets
- Fix caulking around tubs/showers
- Replace cracked flooring or counter tiles
- Make sure doors open and close properly
- Make sure drawers and cabinets open and close properly
- Paint walls with a neautral color (move in ready without having to paint)
- Replace light bulbs that are out
- Tidy up the yard, mow the lawn and plant flowers
Clean, Clean, Clean
Here are some cleaning tips to follow. Try to keep the house tidy while your home is up for sale. You never know when a potential buyer might want to view your home.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Vacuum daily.
- Wax floors.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Bleach dingy grout.
- Replace worn rugs.
- Hang up fresh towels.
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
- Shampoo carpets if needed
Make Them Want To See More With Curb Appeal
When a potential buyer pulls up to view the home, if your yard is not up to par, chances are they wont want to see the inside. They think "Well geez if the outside of the house looks like this what does the inside look like?"
First impressions are very important!!
- Keep the sidewalks cleared.
- Mow the lawn.
- Paint faded window trim.
- Plant flowers or hang hanging flowers
- Trim your bushes.
- Make sure your house number is visible
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