Why is staging your home to sell a critical step to take? Much like cleaning up a home’s curb appeal to appeal to buyers, staging can position your house to sell faster and for a higher price than it might otherwise. By staging, you will present your home in the best light.
There are a couple of vital keys to remember when staging.
First, decorate the home to appeal to the buyer, not to appeal to you. Look at your house through the viewpoint of a buyer. How might they see the home? Set aside your own decorating and aesthetic preferences to create an inviting space geared toward wowing potential buyers.
Second, stage for the right generation of buyers. Is your house geared towards Baby Boomers, who are looking to downsize? Or is your home geared towards the younger generation of Millennials who are looking to upgrade from their first house or buy for the first time? The younger generation of home buyers also may be more willing to buy a home that needs some upgrading or renovations.
If your marketing to the younger generation, work with a stager that knows what younger buyers are looking for. Remember, don’t stage for yourself—instead, stage for the generation buying your home.
Stage a house to helps buyers imagine themselves living in it. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Declutter: Rather than hiding clutter in a closet, box it up, and put it into storage. Clutter creates a smaller feeling home. Stagers suggest less furniture as well to create more room, because when your house looks more prominent, it will appeal more to buyers.
- Lighting: Create a bright and warm environment with lighting. Utilize natural lighting by opening your blinds and updating light fixtures. A simple solution is increasing the wattage in your lamps and fixtures.
- Paint: A helpful tip from HGTV states that “to make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.” Along with this, paint with fresh neutral colors. Bold colors can reduce offers.
- Odd Number of Accessories: Accessories can create a more inviting room. For a pleasing look, stick with odd numbers, especially three.
- Make Every Space Functional: If you have space at the end of a hallway or stairs, create a small reading nook or desk space. Make awkward spaces functional.
- Curb Appeal: Don’t forget the curb appeal, because if you neglect the outside, then you won’t attract buyers to the inside.
- Finishing Touches: Add finishing touches of fresh flowers, folded towels, a bowl of fresh fruit, or fresh baked cookies!
I’d be happy to work with you to find a stager who can help make your home as appealing as possible. I work with my clients to ensure their home sells for the best possible price. Contact me at: