Top Tips for Staging Your Home That Will Attract Potential Buyers
May 19, 2020 | Kirk Callender
It can be difficult to know how to attract potential buyers when selling your home. If your house seems ordinary and you need some inspiration to make it seem special, check out these tips that can attract the greatest number of buyers and allow you to sell your home quickly and for the most money possible!
Remove All Clutter
The first step to staging your home is removing clutter and making sure your home is properly cleaned. Removing clutter can help make your home more attractive to potential buyers by making it seem bigger and cleaner. Many professionals begin staging homes by reducing clutter by 50 percent. While you don’t have to be quite this aggressive in your sorting, it is a good idea to take a good hard look at all your belongings and furnishings, and ask yourself what you really need to keep. It might also be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service to help take care of the little details of things that need to be cleaned.
Sometimes sorting can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know what to keep and what to donate or throw away. There is one easy rule to help you make these decisions: ask yourself, “Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it?” If you cannot affirmatively answer at least one of these questions, then you should get rid of the object in question. This can help you reduce clutter.
Keep Everything Clean
In addition to removing clutter, keeping everything clean can help your home become more attractive to potential buyers. Dust and dirt will make your home seem old, dirty, and unkempt. Dust and dirt will also be harmful to your furniture. Properly caring for wood furniture can help appeal to more potential buyers. When cleaning wood furniture, make sure to use cleaning products that are wood-safe. First, dust off wood surfaces with a dry or slightly damp cloth. If the wood needs additional cleaning, you can use a gentle wood cleaner to make it shine. If your wood is damaged or has lost its stain or varnish, you can sand it and repaint or restain it, and it will look as good as new!
Depersonalizing the space can help make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Doing so can help buyers to see the home’s true potential. Many of your home’s decorations might be specific to you and your family. While your personal belongings are beautiful and have special meaning to you and your family, they can distract potential buyers from seeing the most important aspects of the house. Remember, you are selling your house, not your stuff!
Depersonalizing your home will help potential buyers be able to envision themselves and their own families in the space and more clearly see the unique features of your home. The goal is to help buyers feel like your home could become theirs.
Although it’s important to depersonalize, you can (and should!) still use a variety of artwork to add decoration and personality to your home. Get creative and display a variety of art in many different colors and textures. Ideally, your artwork will help tie together the overall color scheme in a room, as well as provide a unique and interesting accent that can hold the attention of prospective buyers.
In addition to varying the content of your art, it’s important to vary the way it is placed throughout your home. Many people accidentally hang their art too high on their walls, making it difficult to see. If people have to strain their necks to see your artwork, you’ve placed it too high. Hang artwork in unexpected places to showcase it as a special point of interest.
Decorations and Accessories
In addition to placing your artwork well, it’s also important to be intentional about decorating the underrecognized spaces within your home. There are many ways you can spruce up places in your home that usually seem boring. For example, you can raid your backyard and use natural blossoms or flowers to create a table centerpiece, or you can collect some glass bottles and make a display to decorate your desk or side table.
Fix Unfinished Projects
As you prepare to put your house on the market, try to see it through “buyer’s eyes.” Walk through your home several times andmake note of any unfinished projects or damaged areas. Potential buyers will be extremely critical and will take note of every little thing that is wrong with the house in order to get you to lower the price. Anticipate this happening, and fix as much of your house as possible. Chipped paint, loose floorboards, broken light fixtures, and faulty furnishings will pull value away from your house, bit by bit.
You can remedy this by finishing as many of these projects as possible. If you’re on a tight budget, repainting cabinet doors and replacing drawer handles and door knobs is an economical way to make your furnishings seem new without having to replace them all.
Furnish Empty Rooms
After you’ve decluttered your house, it is likely that many rooms will seem starkly empty. It’s important to stage these rooms carefully to set a warm and welcoming mood and show prospective buyers the purpose of the room. Adding a few well-placed pieces of furniture or artwork will do the job and make the room be ready for prospective buyers’ big dreams and creative ideas.
Lighting is one of the most underappreciated ways to show off your home. Good lighting can make your home feel warm and welcoming. You can also use lighting to highlight specific unique features of your home that you want potential buyers to appreciate. When lighting your home, it’s a good idea to use all three types of lighting: ambient lighting (general or overhead), task lighting (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent lighting (table and wall). People generally use too much overhead light, which can make their homes feel overly formal. Utilize floor and table lamps to provide different layers and textures of lighting to combat the harshness of the general overhead light.
These tips for staging your home will attract potential buyers and help your home seem bigger, cleaner, and more special. You won’t regret taking the time to stage your home correctly.
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