Getting Ready To Sell: 5 Staging Strategies

If you are getting ready to sell then you are probably starting to consider what staging needs to be done.  It is important to remember that homes that are properly staged almost always sell faster and for a beter price than those that aren’t. If your preparing to put your home on the market, here are a few guidelines to keep your humble abode looking showroom perfect.

5 Staging Strategies
1. Cut the clutter.

This is one of the most basic and easiest ways to give your home a “ready to buy” feel. Start by removing anything that is wasting space: old magazines, random objects that don’t have a purpose, even your favorite family photographs should be kept to a minimum. Then, clean out closets, pick up anything on the floor, put away anything that isn’t immediately being used.

Now is a great time to start packing for your move!

2. Spic and span.

Now that you’ve removed those unnecessary objects, clean your home from top to bottom. When staging your home it should sparkle like new after you’re done. This helps to show the buyer that you have taken care of your home and are a serious seller who is willing to put time and energy into a place they might buy.

3. Curb appeal.

You know the drill!  First impressions are the most important. So when buyers first pull up to your house, they should see an inviting home with a great looking yard. Staging the outside is as important as staging the inside!

Remove any random objects, mow the lawn on a regular basis, rake up leaves, shovel if it is winter, plant colorful flowers, hide the garbage bins and paint your garage door if over the years it’s lost its luster. Be sure to keep the backyard looking nice as well.

4. Touch-ups.

Over the years, your home may have received a little wear and tear.  This is normal. It’s the mark of a lived-in home.

Touch up molding and seams around the house with a fresh coat of paint. Reapply wallpaper if it looks like it’s starting to peel away from the walls (this happens in bathrooms frequently from the steam of the shower). Repaint a room to give it a fresh feel or consider replacing a light fixture if those you have are damaged or dated.

5. Ready and waiting.

Often, buyers will show up with a REALTOR® at a moment’s notice. This means your home should appear showroom perfect as best you can.

Explain to your family why they need to make an effort to keep your house as clean as possible. Avoid cooking harsh-smelling foods if you think buyers might take a tour. Also, keep animals at bay so they don’t annoy visitors; consider taking them to a neighbor’s or family member’s home if necessary.

These five strategies are a great start to stellar staging.  Just remember, beauty is in the eye of the buyer!

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