When it comes to selling a home, there are a ton of moving parts to consider. But beyond finding the right real estate professional and setting a fair price, there’s one factor that may affect buyer interest in your home more than any other: Staging.
When potential buyers enter your home, they want to be able to picture themselves living there. If your interior features a very specific aesthetic or tons of personal, miscellaneous stuff, then it’s tough for buyers to view it as a potential home of their own. Additionally, a lot of sellers tend to overlook their home’s curb appeal, but an untidy or neglected exterior can leave a bad first impression that’s difficult to overcome, no matter how meticulous you are about creating a stunning interior.
If you feel overwhelmed by the whole staging process, don’t fret. The following tips are a cinch to apply and they'll ensure your home appeals to as many buyers as possible.
Enhance Your Porch
After you perform necessary maintenance on the exterior, it’s time to hone in on the front door area. Whether you’re working with a vast porch or a small stoop, incorporate welcoming elements like a fresh welcome mat, tables and chairs, and potted (healthy!) plants. You should also replace any exterior light bulbs that need it, or add additional ones if it’s too dark in case potential buyers are driving by at night. And for some inspiration, check out this collection of beautiful porches.
Cut the Clutter and Highly Personal Decor
It should go without saying that you want to thoroughly clean your house before any potential buyers view it, but often, a clean house isn’t enough. To make it as easy as possible for buyers to picture your home as their own, reduce any and all clutter, especially if you have a lot of personal knick-knacks on every surface. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with highly personalized decorative objects; it’s just that you want the home to be universally appealing, and if it’s too personal, it’s tough for buyers to envision it as their own.
Remove Extraneous Furniture
No matter the square footage that you’re working with, it’s always a good idea to maximize your visual space, creating a more expansive-looking interior for potential buyers. And the best way to do that is to remove any furniture that doesn’t need to be there to make the room look complete. That might mean storing your extra armchair, putting away an ottoman or two, and/or removing a few chairs from the dining room table.
Create a Pretty Tablescape
Speaking of the dining room table, it’s an often-overlooked but highly important element of the home staging process. Setting the table with careful attention to detail makes it easy for buyers to picture themselves enjoying a meal there with friends and family. Even if you’ve never used a centerpiece in your life, now’s the time to incorporate a nice one; something as simple flowers in a vase or a selection of candles can go a really long way. A nice tablecloth or placemats and a pendant light over the table are also great ways to enhance this space.
Let the Light In
Few people prefer a dark and heavy home over a bright and uplifting one, so take some time to maximize the light that you’re working with. If you’re rocking heavy curtains, then swap them for transparent, breezy window treatments or remove window coverings altogether. And if you don’t have a ton of natural light, then invest in a few extra light sources to make your home as bright and inviting as possible.
Repaint Bold Hues
We’re a fan of bright and bold colors, but they can be off-putting to potential buyers. In the interest of making your home universally appealing, repaint or re-wallpaper any rooms that are rocking exceptionally vibrant or trendy colors or very busy wallpaper patterns. You can never go wrong with sophisticated neutrals, like earthy greens, off-whites, grays, or beiges.
Tidy Up the Exterior
Its exterior is the first impression your home makes on potential buyers, so it’s a great place to start the staging process. Remember that the devil’s in the details. Do your due diligence and wash the windows, mow the lawn, and repaint any areas that need it. It’s also smart to power wash the walkways and siding so that your home’s as clean and sparkly as it can be.
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