10 Tips for Staging your home
Here are 10 low cost tips will get you started on turning your house into a “show home” and making it more appealing. This is extremely critical because, if you want to get the most money for your home and sell more quickly, you need potential buyers (and their agents) to feel it’s a “hot property”.
1. The Importance of curb appeal.
Everyone loves a nice looking house from outside. It gives a quick glimpse of what to expect on this inside. In addition, it will give that welcoming feeling of a home rather than just a house. Trim bushes, mow the lawn, tend to flowers, take care of any broken fixtures or chipping paint.
2. Get rid of clutter!
You want buyers to look at your house and picture themselves living there, not being distracted by all the clutter and tripping over things. Presentation is everything!
3. Get Cash for your clutter.
While you’re getting rid of that excess clutter, sell it! Makes your house present better AND gets you more cash in hand
4. Watch people’s reactions
Watch reactions and see what people smile at and what they frown at. Play up the good points and get rid of or camouflage the not so nice things.
5. Find a handyman
All those small, “oh I’ll fix it later ” things will matter. Buyers don’t want to see things that have not been taken care of or neglected. It puts a bad taste in their mouth and will make them wonder what else has been neglected in the house. A well taken care of home speaks loudly! Get those little minor things fixed. It means more than you think!
6. Cleanliness is a must.
Uh, need more be said? No one wants to see a dirty house!
6. Let in the fresh air.
Make your home smell fresh and airy. Closed up houses can get stagnent or musty. Some food smells may not be pleasant to everyone. Remnents of cigarette smoke is usually not pleasant to anyone. Work with what you have and let the fresh air in.
7. Let the sunshine in.
Letting light in the house is happy and lively. Dark houses seem dreary and depressing and it also creates atmosphere when buyers are walking through your house.
8. Don’t forget small touches like fresh flowers or candles.
Flowers are always a nice touch. Let a little bit of nature stand out!
9. Carefully consider background music.
Well chosen music that is pleasing also creates atmosphere. You don’t want to be playing loud music, offensive music or quirky music. Keep in generic and serene that will be pleasing to everyone, not scare them out of the house!
Now, lets sell your house!!