Preparing your home to sell on the real estate market takes several key ingredients for success. Rather than getting overwhelmed by the details you can begin right here, by examining the dos and don’ts of real estate staging. Here is a list of five musts for staging your home and five things you should avoid when sprucing up your home to sell.
Do: Clean up the Clutter
When you are staging less is more in each room. Keep your décor simple and dismantle any themed-style décor (like a beach-themed bedroom).
Don’t: Personalize your Decor
While you’re cleaning out the clutter, remember to remove any over-personalized décor. When staging a home it is important to leave your personal artifacts out of the way. Remove personal pictures and any other décor that may make the house seem like someone lives in it already.
Do: Spruce up the Curb Appeal
The first thing people will see when they come to your open house is the interior of the home. Your home will be judged before they enter it so make sure the curb appeal makes them say “wow!” by planting flowers, mowing the lawn and making small repairs.
Don’t: Make Major Renovations
Your personal tastes may not be for everyone. Certain finishes and fixtures may not suit every buyer’s tastes. It’s important to limit the amount of time and investment you make on renovations. Focus on the essentials. Potential buyers will care more about outdated flooring and fixtures and worn paint than anything else. Plus you can save your major renovations for your new home
Make sure your home doesn’t have a spec of dust. Vacuum before every open house and make sure to mop the floors. Make sure there are no odd odors around.
Don’t: Ignore the Obvious
In addition to cleaning you should also take care of small details. If you have a broken doorknob, replace it. Fix any cracks anywhere in your home.
Get rid of any extra items in each room that will create distractions or make the room seem smaller than it really is. Put clothes and shoes out of sight and remove magazines. Hide figurines and simplify the décor.
Don’t: Buy Brand-New Furniture
Your furniture is probably not the reason your home isn’t selling. You may need to clean your furniture. Your furniture may be off-putting because it is created a cluttered look to your home.
Do: Ask for Help
Professional stagers like Treasured Spaces can help you stage your home. Making a small investment in a staging pro can end up increasing your return on investment by thousands of dollars.
Don’t: Assume Your House will Sell Itself
Real estate is a marketing game and you need to do all you can to make your home the most appealing in the neighborhood. Follow our steps, be proactive, and you will be on your way. Sit back and do nothing and don’t expect fast results.