You only get one chance to make a great first impression!
As an accredited staging professional, I am an expert at preparing homes in a way that allows buyers to picture themselves living there and makes them eager to put in an offer.
Here are my top five tips to stage your home for success…
1. Less Is More
Having too much furniture will make your space feel much smaller than it really is. 10 chairs around the dinner table may be practical for holiday meals, but risks making the dining area feel too cramped for a buyer. Stick to a few core pieces in each room and your home will immediately start to look and feel bigger. For added impact, pull furniture off the wall to create and illusion of an even large space!
2. Clear Away Clutter
The goal of staging is to make it as easy as possible for buyers to envision themselves living in your home. Too many personal photos and knickknacks will cause buyers to lose focus on the home itself. Take away the temptation to get distracted by storing away your cherished keepsakes and family pictures.
3. Remove All Odors
Pet odors, unsavory food smells, and musty scents can make a buyer turn up their nose and cross a home off of their list almost instantly. Gorgeous homes will sit on the market for months because buyers are unable to concentrate on anything other than the displeasing aroma! Rent a carpet cleaner at the local hardware store for a day or have your carpets professionally cleaned before your listing goes live.
4. Freshen Up Your Rooms
A new coat of paint can go a long way in making your home sellable! Neutral colors will make even the most lived-in rooms feel clean and fresh. Avoid colors like slate gray, terracotta, and dark brown – studies show that these shades can decrease the value of your home in the eyes of buyers!
5. The Power Of Curb Appeal
If the front of your home lacks the curb appeal that buyers crave, it may be difficult to get them to fall in love with the insider. Spruce up your yard, clear and trim shrubs regularly, and add some flowers for a pop of color. Don’t underestimate the impact of an attractive exterior!