When selling a home, a home almost always shows better with furniture. Furniture can help buyers envision what the home will look like when they own the home. If buyers are unable to visualize themselves living in a home, they are obviously less likely to buy it.
Staging a home doesn’t have to be complicated. While there are plenty of staging companies you can call, there are a few simple things an owner can do to prepare their home for sale.
- Boosting your curb appeal. When your home is shown, the outside makes the first impression. Mowing the yard and updating the landscaping add instant curb appeal. Washing windows and decorating the front porch with plants or rocking chairs can also add charm. A clever doormat is also a fun way to get a buyer’s attention (Target has some great, affordable options).
- Get rid of the clutter and clean your home. Buyers can be easily distracted when kitchens are messy and laundry is visible. When selling your home, you must commit to keeping your house neat and tidy until it’s sold. Keeping beds made, dishes done, and pet areas picked up are essential. Pet odor can be a real deal breaker, so if you have a pet, you may want to relocate them to the garage or one area of the house while it’s on the market. While this can be hard, it will minimize pet hair and odor throughout your home. If you have kids, make cleaning up a game or have rewards to encourage neatness. Investing in storage systems can also be a lifesaver as well. We all know buyers will be looking in closets, so why not make them as organized as possible?
- Be neutral. Remember that buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your home, not just looking at your stuff. If the rooms in your home are all painted different, vibrant colors, you may want to consider repainting with more neutral tones. Grays, whites, and creams are more appealing to a buyer. Adding a few pillows and accents pieces with soft colors can also complement the neutral tones.
- Stage your home according to the season. Have a pool and it’s summer? The water should be crystal clear and your deck or patio should be ready for a barbecue. Heading into fall? Grab a few pumpkins and mums for your front porch. With these small details, you not only showcase your home, you entice buyers to imagine how they would decorate for holidays or special occasions.
- A final piece to staging your home includes the minor repairs you might have been avoiding. Replace burned out light bulbs. Touch up trim with paint. Fix that broken handle on the kitchen cabinet. At the end of the day, the buyer wants a safe, sound home above all. When buyers see minor repairs, they may start to question the integrity of the home. This can be avoided by completing those simple fixes that everyone procrastinates.
The moral of staging a home is to keep it simple. And don’t feel obligated to spend a ton of money. It’s okay if you don’t have an interior designer on call, most of us don’t. Staging is about presenting your home to the best of its ability. Keeping your home clean, neat, and put together will make a huge impression on buyers. It’s also helpful to have a walk-through with your listing agent before your home goes on the market. As a set of fresh eyes, they can offer an outside perspective and advise on what buyers will see.
“Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes, and see what they see within the first eight seconds.”
– Barbara Corcoran