Selling a house is a lot like romance… You have to set the mood.
Real estate pros call it staging — showcasing the best side of a home to create interest and help you get top dollar.
In the current market conditions, the homes that are planning for maximum impact- are the ones selling. Take a look at this list we put together of the best tips to stage your home- and GET IT SOLD!
- Keep it clean. No dust, cobwebs or trash. People looking to buy a home are extremely observant and meticulous.
- Make room. Clear out as much furniture as you can. Put it in storage, give it to Goodwill Industries or have a garage sale. The Idea is to make it look spacious. You want people to imagine their own belongings in it. Keep Hallways and doorways clear and open to promote flow.
- Use counter intelligence. Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen and bathroom countertops. Old magazines? Toss ’em. Knick-knacks? Pack ’em. Counters need to be clear and clean.
- Follow your nose.Odor plays a major part into a homes over all ambiance. A home should smell good. That means no noticeable odor. Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, you want home buyers to remember your home for its strong selling points — not the pet scent,or the stale cooking smells and especially not cigarette smoke.
- Make your home ageless. There’s a difference between an old house and a classic home. If your house looks 40 years old with 40-year-old paint, 40-year-old appliances and 40-year-old carpet, that’s a hard sell. Keep everything fresh and up-to-date and you have a solid home in an established neighborhood — a real looker.
- Let there be light. People buy space and light, for the most part,. If you have one dark room, that’s “cool”, But if your whole house is dark, that’s a problem. So open the blinds. Turn on all the lights. Add lights in rooms that are dark. And if Mother Nature isn’t cooperating with your marketing efforts, use more flowers and things that suggest sunlight You want a space that’s crisp and sharp and vibrant. Another tip is to open the windows, a breath of fresh air can work wonders.
- Keep it real. You don’t have to go to the extreme of one buyer — who before a showing set up the bedroom to look like the night maid had just been through and pulled down the comforter, fluffed the pillow and placed a book open on the bed. You don’t want it to look so staged that it’s artificial, you want a look that says ” I can picture my self here”