Most sellers would want their homes to look their absolute best. Sellers would often pay thousands of dollars just to give their home that cozy, welcoming vibe. It’s also true that buyers love to picture themselves living inside their potential homes. A fresh, clean, and spacious looking home is the way to convince these buyers that this home is the one. Welcome to Home Staging 101:
Home staging is a process of decorating, organizing, and even designing the interiors and exteriors of the house. It is meant to highlight the most impressive assets of your home. If done right, a seller won’t have any problems selling their home quickly.
According to the National Association of Realtors, 49% of buyers’ agents believe that home staging has an effect on how a buyer views the home. 77% says that it makes it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their own. 21% on the sellers’ agent side, report that home staging increases the value of a home between 6% and 10%. While 39% note that it greatly decreases the total amount of time a home is on the market.
It shows how much Home Staging is crucial when selling a house. This makes sense why some people would pay professional staging companies but this often takes several thousand dollars from your savings. However, some of the best Home Staging strategies won’t really require shelling out thousands of dollars. In fact most of them can be done by the homeowners themselves.
If you’re looking for ways to sell your house quickly, here are the best home staging tips in 2020:
Highlight and Focus on the Kitchen, Master Bedroom, and Living Room
Sellers must keep in mind that in order to maximize their budget allocated for home staging, they must stage where it counts. Not all rooms should be equally staged. As sellers, you would want to focus on rooms that have the biggest potential to attract buyers.
Usually, these are rooms where they would most spend their time in. These are the rooms where they’ll most likely imagine themselves to frequent in. Furniture in these areas should be arranged to make it seem like there’s more space. A place to breathe and relax, a place to entertain guests and socialize.
Remove all personal items
To further help potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home, they would want to see your home as their own. Buyers wouldn’t like seeing other people’s photos on the mantel or side tables. They wouldn’t like marquees of your names on the wall. They want to see open spaces where they can imagine their own personal items hung on the walls or placed on coffee tables and mantel.
As sellers, you should hide these personal items out of sight, like clothes, photos, personal artworks. Clear bathroom counters of personal items, like toothbrushes and hair and face products.
De-personalizing these spaces will greatly help buyers to connect with the house.
De-clutter and do General House Cleaning
A messy hallway or stairs with too many toys and shoes lying around can be a turn-off for buyers. If they see clothes hanging on chairs and boxes half-packed, they’d think that the sellers don’t plan to move out at all. All the mess lying around, and all the personal items still displayed will not help your cause.
A house ready for selling should be spotless and clean. The floors should be gleaming like a freshly polished silverware. A squeaky clean home suggests that the property owners took good care of the house.
Patch and Repair
Nobody wants a leaking roof. Nor does anyone want to have holes on their walls. Sellers should take time to remove nails or other fixtures that would leave holes on the wall. As soon as sellers remove hanging picture frames and shelves or lamps, they need to patch these holes up. Touch up any chipping paint.
This further strengthens the idea that as property owners you’ve taken good care of the house, and not just selling it because it’s “damaged” and “old”.
Go for Neutral, Fresh, and Bright
Bright colors, especially on walls, often shows the property owners’ personality. Although it’s often great for a house to reflect its owners’ personality, this can still be a major turn-off for potential buyers. Not everybody loves Salmon Pink on their bedroom walls, and not everyone loves Ruffled floral curtains in their living room.
When a seller stages their home, one of the very best things they can do is paint over any garish colors with neutrals, like gray, white, and taupe. This is because most bold colors would distract potential buyers from any room’s asset. Neutral colors will make it seem like buyers have a blank canvass and it’s up to them whether they repaint it or not.
Plants give life to any room. It adds a splash of color that isn’t too strong, bold, or too bright. These plants should be placed carefully and in places that will not distract any potential buyer. Succulents are great for side tables or coffee tables in the living room. Big potted plants look great at corners. If you don’t have the time to take care of a plant and keep it alive, fake plants or decorative flowers will give the same effect.
Dark rooms can affect the mood of potential buyers. To avoid this, sellers must make sure that the main staging rooms should be well lit. Replace any broken bulbs. When potential buyers do visit, we advise sellers to turn on all the lights, and open all the windows, and draw all the curtains to let sunlight in. This gives the house a more welcoming vibe.
Remember, staging a home to sell doesn’t require spending a lot of money – just making smart decisions. Town Real Estate agents should be able to help you make specific changes that will add value to your home and entice the buyers who come for viewings. Once you know you’ve done everything you can to show your home in the best light possible, you can sit back and wait for the right buyer to stop by.