Home Staging Practices
Home Staging is a No-Brainer whether you are a homeowner or an investor. When selling a home, everyone wants the same thing – TOP DOLLAR.
You’ve heard the saying, “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. Buyers begin to judge your home as soon as they pull up, so get it right! Stand across the street and look at the “curb appeal” of your property. Does anything stand out as an eye sore? Remove debris from the yard, hide trash cans, mow, trim, lay fresh mulch, wash the windows and clean the gutters.
Less is More
Home Staging is NOT Decorating and this is not the time to let your personal tastes interfere. De-clutter closets, cabinets and every room throughout the house. Pack all personal pictures and any items that would allow a potential buyer to get a glimpse of your personal life. They are a distraction and you want buyers to remain focused on the space you are selling, not on your family Christmas photo.
If you are not a good painter, hire someone! When picking colors, don’t reinvent the wheel. Use the marketing swatch cards in the paint store brochures and stick with neutral colors. Use flat paint. Fresh paint looks clean and crisp and gives your home that “new” smell
See the Light
Clean all windows inside and out. Remove dark curtains, old drapes and dirty blinds. Allow as much natural light to enter your house and don’t place anything in front of windows that will block the light. Very few buyers can visualize the potential of your home, so help them out. Define spaces and return rooms to their original purpose, even if it doesn’t work for you. If you are using your living room as an office, redefine it as a living room and make relocate the office to a bedroom. And, yes, get the pool table out of the dining room!
Whether you are selling an occupied or renovated flip, Home Staging is a must to accentuate the home’s best features, make the best use of the space and layout and create an atmosphere that buyers envision themselves living in.