When you’re selling your home, you can’t just clean up, run the vacuum and call it a day. You need to stage it – and that means making it more attractive and allowing buyers to see its potential so you can make a sale. Some people choose to hire professional home stagers, but you don’t have to go to those lengths to make an awesome first impression. There’s more to staging a home than cleaning, although that’s an essential part of it. If you are thinking about staging a home yourself, follow these 5 hot tips from home staging experts to ensure that you sell your house fast and for the most money.
So how can you stage your home yourself?
1) Get Rid of Excess Furniture
“When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, the often whisk away as much as half of the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don’t have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without,” says Leah Hennen of HGTV.
2) Add Modern Accessories
“Plain wrought iron lamps with ivory shades for table tops or floors can offer a modern edge to a room. So can table lamps with more flair, such as metallic or glass lamps that have colorful, patterned lampshades,” says Melissa Dittman Tracey of REALTOR®Mag.
3) Depersonalize Your Space
“Pictures are extremely distracting. You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos,” says Jennifer Radice at FrontDoor.com. Take down all your personal effects so that people can envision their belongings in the space; that can lead to more positive feelings and a greater likelihood of making the sale.
4) Aim For Curb Appeal
“Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside,” says Laura Gaskill at Houzz. She suggests power washing, planting blooming flowers and making your porch inviting by adding a clean doormat or neat porch furniture.
5) Go Gender-Neutral
“A master bedroom should appeal to both sexes. When you are selling, your master bedroom should appeal to buyers of both sexes. Get rid of features that seem too gender-specific. Paint the walls a neutral color, and choose bedding that matches. Then accessorize with items that complement the overall color scheme,” says Lisa LaPorta of Designed to Sell on HGTV.
Are You Selling A Home in Dayton or Cincinnati?
Contact the Ohio Real Estate Guys at 937-490-9743 or send us a note. We have plenty of staging tips, and you’ll love our innovative marketing techniques that get your home in front of all the right buyers. We’ll guide you through the entire process, from start to finish, and make sure you’re completely happy with the entire transaction.