Staging your home can help your home sell faster and for more money. When it comes to selling a home, it is all about appearance. This is what staging is about, making your home appear perfect for home buyers. You will want to stage your home before taking any photos for the listing.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to get rid of the clutter. A cluttered home looks smaller, and you want it to appear bigger. Box up all knick-knacks, out-of-season clothing, and personal items and store them. Don’t store them in closets. Potential home buyers will look in the closets, and you want the closets to look big.
The next step to staging your home is cleaning. Not just a normal spring cleaning, but a thorough deep cleaning from the floors to the ceiling. If possible, hire a cleaning crew to clean your home.
Stage the Living Room
According to a 2017 National Association of Realtors survey, 55% of the agents believe that the living room is the most important room to stage. Next are the master bedroom and the kitchen.
You can store your old furniture and rent new furniture for the living room. If this sounds like a lot of money, it could be worth it. Staging your home can add 1-5% to the offer price.
Make it Bright
You want your home to be bright. Before a showing, open up the curtains and blinds. If your lampshades are old and dull, or the fixtures are outdated, consider replacing them.
Even dusty light bulbs can limit the amount of light. Install new LED bulbs and play with different color temperatures that range from soft to daylight. Check the Kelvin ratings to choose the perfect lighting for your home.
Stage the Outdoors
Curb appeal is important since it will be the first thing home buyers will see. Staging the outside of your home should include:
- Mow the lawn
- Trim the shrubs
- Power wash your home, sidewalks, and driveway
- Clean the windows
- Plant flowers
- Add some potted plants on the front porch and have a welcome mat
- Add some outdoor furniture to the front porch
- Make sure the house number is easy to read
Taking good care of a home’s exterior can make it stand out from all the other houses on the block. The exterior is the first thing people notice when they see a house, so it can instantly make or break people’s first impressions. These are some exterior home improvements anyone should consider.
Proper landscaping and yard maintenance
Cleaning up the yard will make any home look more appealing. No one wants to see clutter or a messy front yard when they see a home for the first time. Even taking the time to get rid of little things like dirt and leaves will make a difference. A neat yard can make any home’s exterior appear significantly more appealing. Hiring a landscaper is an option for people who do not have the time to do their own landscaping.
A fresh coat of paint
A nice coat of paint can make an old house look new again. If a house looks like it needs to be painted, people will notice, and this can make the house look less attractive. When people get their houses painted in popular or classic colors, their homes instantly seem more inviting and valuable.
This bright detail can make a house look more welcoming. Outdoor lighting can be affordable or pricey, depending on the type, but it is worth the investment.
A wooden deck
A deck opens the door for countless possibilities, from outdoor family barbecues to summer cocktails with friends. A deck is always worth the investment and can easily make any home stand out. It is something that people search for when looking for new houses and could be the deciding factor that makes potential buyers choose one home over another home.
Gardens are known for being beautiful and whimsical and can instantly make any home appear more appealing. They add color to a home’s exterior, along with a newfound sense of fun and playfulness. Gardens will seem extra attractive to potential buyers with families, as kids will enjoy playing in the “secret garden” and couples can enjoy planting flowers together as a new hobby.
All these home improvements are worth the investment, as they can bring any home’s exterior to the next level.