When selling your home, anything you can do to entice buyers and make your home more appealing is a good idea. To that end, many people hire home staging experts. If you’re going to stage yourself, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep in mind the goal is to create a blank canvas and a welcoming atmosphere. Any potential buyer should easily be able to picture his own furniture, etc.in the space.
Remove as much clutter as you can from spaces like the bathroom counters, home office, etc.
Give your house an instant facelift with a fresh coat of paint. Choose neutral, crowd-pleasing colours that will be attractive and unobtrusive to potential buyers.
Make the bedroom look appealing. In some cases, this may mean buying new bedding and a even a new mattress, anything to make the bed look like the plush, inviting centrepiece of the room that it is. if you’re looking for a new mattress.
Even though most buyers understand that your bed will be moving with you, a luxurious bed can give the impression of a high-end lifestyle, which can subconsciously work to entice a potential buyer.
Be aware of your carpets and flooring. If the carpets are stained, have them cleaned prior to your first showings. If they are in poor repair, consider replacing them. Also, if you have pets, it’s a good idea to shampoo your carpeting to ensure there is no sign of pet odour, which can instantly turn off some buyers. If you have hardwood floors, give them a good polish.
Pay attention to all of the senses. Make sure your home is clean and uncluttered, but also that it is well light and that the air smells good. Steer clear of heavy candles or air fresheners, but a gentle, fresh scent is always a good idea as it instantly boosts the mood of your visitors.
Do everything you can to make the rooms in your home appear as spacious as they can. Even small spaces can be made to appear larger with the right lighting, strategic furniture placement, etc. Decluttering helps with this, too, so get rid of paperwork, flyers, mail, knick-knacks, extra furniture, etc.
These are just a few ways in which you can stage your home for a quicker sale. The more you can do to make your home seem larger, more inviting, and the more you can create an aspirational lifestyle in your home (whether or not you actually live like that in real life) the better. So, fluff those pillows, light a candle, clear the clutter and get ready for an on your home! Home staging may seem like smoke and mirrors, but it truly does work. It only takes a little bit of effort, and you have nothing to lose by doing it, so why not give it a try?