When it comes to selling your home, making a great first impression is essential for closing a quick sale for top dollar. After you’ve determined your home’s value, found a realtor to help you navigate the home selling process, and set your price, it’s time to begin staging your property.
Home staging is the art of showing off a space in its best light with the right furniture, decor and accents. Depending on your property, you may be able to handle staging your property yourself, or if your agent recommends, you might want to explore working with a professional stager.
Professional home stagers can bring in furniture and decorative pieces to showcase the full potential of your home, and homebuyers in many cases are given the option to purchase the items with the home.
Professional staging is popular with homeowners that have already removed their belongings from the property, since it’s hard to envision what a home is like when it’s empty.
While staging a home may sound daunting, here are a few tips to help make the process easier.
Create a warm, welcoming space
Since buyers frequently give preference to homes that are spacious, airy, and open, it’s important to make the most of the natural light that enters your space. While adding larger windows is an effective way to improve lighting, it’s a complex project that isn’t practical for many homeowners.
Fortunately, there are a few alternatives that work well, especially if you have a limited budget and/or your home is small and compartmentalized. These include:
- Washing the interior and exterior of your windows.
- Replacing old window treatments (such as valances) with new ones, or removing them together.
- Replace dim light bulbs with brighter ones.
Depending on your home’s condition, you may also want to make advisable repairs as suggested by your real estate agent. As a rule of thumb, anything that is a defect should be repaired. If it’s not a material change, then the time and cost might not be worthwhile.
Declutter and deep clean
Decluttering and clearing your home also is an essential step before photographing your space. You can simplify the decluttering process by getting a few storage bins and each to either thing you want to sell, store, toss/recycle or donate. By implementing this system, you can easily speed through piles of clutter.
After decluttering your space, it’s important to deep clean your home by taking the following actions:
- Spray and wipe down all surfaces with a multi-surface antimicrobacterial spray.
- Clean toilet bowls with a cleaner and also scrub down other parts of your bathrooms such as the sinks and bath/showers.
- Mop hardwood floors from the living spaces to the kitchen and vacuum carpeted spaces that are present.
Improve your home’s curb appeal
The last major element of preparing your home for staging is improving your home’s curb appeal, because this can increase your home’s value by 1% to 10%. You can tackle this task by trimming foliage, cleaning up yard debris, mowing the lawn, and adding decorative touches such as flower planters.
While selling a home generally is a complex process, the steps above show that preparing your home for staging is relatively easy. It’s just like preparing to welcome guests.