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How to Properly Stage Your Home


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Are you planning to put your house on the market? Do you dream of selling it fast and having it fetch the highest possible amount of money? If you are, one of the best ways to do this is to transform your space by staging it magnificently. 

This will entice potential buyers and show them the potential of your home. 

Staging is designed to showcase and highlight your home’s most impressive assets to impress buyers and make them visualize themselves and their personal items in your space. 

A National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey said, almost a third of buyers’ agents believe that home staging increases the price by 1-5%. 

It will not cost you a lot to stage your home either. This endeavor can be absolutely free depending on the outlook you are aiming for. 

Do it right and you should have no problem selling your home quickly and at a good price. There are also professional home stagers who understand the current market and designs that will make buyers drool and scramble for your home.

When it comes to selling a home, appearance is everything and home staging can make all the difference. In this article, we will give you tips on how to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers.

Staging a home is also one way you can improve your chances of selling your property in a buyer’s market, which can be quite troublesome at times. 

Improve Its Curb Appeal

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First impressions matter. The exterior of your home forms the first impression potential homebuyers will have, so you want to make it appealing and inviting. 

You must fully walk the circumference of your home and take note of the small details that need attention such as landscaping, walkways, lawns, and lighting.

Add life to your home by adding flowers and trees. Flower beds on your home’s walkway or on the front porch will tremendously improve its curb appeal and add tons of delightful colors. 

You can also paint your house with a bold color that will make it stand out. This will make your home feel more welcoming to potential buyers.

 

Declutter

Your home’s viewers are looking to buy space, and clutter takes up that space! It’s also an eyesore and makes a home look smaller than it actually is, which causes buyers to defocus from what’s important. 

Get rid of everything you don’t use or need. Determine which things can be tossed, donated, sold, or stored, and remember not to stuff them in the closet, because this is one of the places buyers inspect and take note of.

You won’t need any money to declutter your home. A clutter-free home will help your space feel more free, open, and inviting. 

It will not only be appealing to potential buyers but also help you in a great way when the time comes for you to pack and move out.

 

De-Personalize the Space

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One of the primary objectives of home staging is for prospective buyers to envision themselves and their lives in your home. 

Remove all the family photos, keepsakes, and refrigerator art and consider replacing them with generic or abstract artwork. 

Try and set as blank of a canvas as you can so that the home becomes devoid of personal touches.

Keep personal items to a minimum and let your home speak for itself because you want the home to have style and charm. Have your clothes kept away and out of sight, clear bathroom counters of personal items, and remove anything that is overtly religious because you want buyers to better connect with the property.

 

Clean Like You’ve Never Cleaned Before

Dust, vacuum, mop and wash everything! A clean home shows potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of the property. 

You want every square inch to shine from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between. Steam clean carpets and polish wood floors to improve the aesthetics of the home’s interior. 

Stained carpeting and damaged wood floors can be big turn-offs to potential buyers.

Homebuyers will look inside closets and under sinks, so make sure your bathroom sparkles, from the corners of the tub to the sink drain to that spot behind the toilet you think no one can see. 

Your aim should be to make sure everything in the house looks new.

 

Let The Light Shine

Dark rooms are sad rooms! Take advantage of your home’s natural light and open all curtains and blinds when showcasing it. 

Switch on all the lights to save the buyers from the struggle of figuring out which switches turn on which lights. Additional light will make the rooms seem bigger, brighter, and more inviting.

Replace all the outdated and broken light fixtures, dust, and clean off any stains to make them brighter. 

Be sure to include wall mirrors to help in light reflection which will make the room look brighter and small rooms look bigger.

 

Add Natural Features

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Adding natural features to your interior aesthetics is a great way to make your home feel warm and welcoming. 

Incorporate flowers and plants in every room to soften it to show buyers how pleasant it will be to live in your home. 

Choose elements that echo your home’s physical location.

You can also brighten and warm up the space by bringing in organic elements such as a bowl of fresh fruits on the kitchen counters or the dining table. 

Some organic elements such as lemons and apples add a bright touch to a dining room table and their fresh scent is pleasant and homey.

 

Create Superb Furniture Arrangements

Play around with the arrangement of the furniture and create more conversational spaces. 

Make sure furniture is the right size for the room and don’t clutter a room with too much of it. 

Be sure not to use cheap furniture, ensuring it looks nice, tidy, and inviting. If push comes to shove, rent furniture to stage your home. Your aim is to sell!

Set up your arrangements in a way that creates a comfortable conversation area that makes the room feel inviting.

 

Bottom Line

 

Potential buyers are looking for a way to fulfill their dreams and improve their lifestyle. Relative to the amount of time and money that may be involved in staging a home, this is the best way to have a buyer make an emotional purchase. To get the most out of it, your home staging efforts should be designed to appeal to the widest possible range of buyers. Add natural elements to your space if you can, improve your home’s curb appeal and clear the clutter.