Staging a home before showing it to prospective buyers has many benefits. A staged home tends to be less cluttered, which can make the rooms and storage areas appear larger. Staging furniture and decor tend to be stylish yet neutral, which makes it easier for prospective buyers to envision themselves living in the home. Staged homes also tend to sell faster, and sometimes at a higher price point. Here are three home staging tips to keep in mind:
Don't Overlook the Outside of Your Home
While staging, the living room and bedrooms are especially important, but it's crucial not to overlook the power of curb appeal. After all, when sellers and their real estate agents pull up to your home, the outside will be the first thing they see, and it's difficult to overcome those first impressions if they aren't positive.
The good news is you don't have to do a massive overhaul of your landscaping. Sweeping up your porch and adding a new welcome mat plus some potted flowers, clearing away branches and other debris from the yard and walkway, and mowing the grass are simple details that have a big impact.
Focus on De-Personalizing Things
A key aspect of staging is to encourage buyers to visualize their furniture, belongings, family, and daily life in your home. This is much easier to do if the home has been de-personalized as much as possible. Framed family photos, your collection of face creams on the counter, trophies, and anything else that is unique to you and your family should be neatly stashed away before the staging begins.
Declutter as Much as Possible
Ideally, your real estate agent will be working with a professional staging company that will bring in the right furniture and decor items, and arrange existing items in just the right way. To make their job easier and more effective, be sure to declutter your home first.
Spend an afternoon setting aside items to donate to thrift stores, sell, or throw away, and then do so. As an added bonus, doing this before your home sells will make moving much easier since your belongings will be more streamlined and organized.
Working closely with a real estate agent will make the entire home selling process easier, including staging. Chances are, they will hire professional stagers who will take care of these steps for you, and work the price into your fees.