By now, thanks to HGTV, every homeowner in America knows the term “staging,” which merely means prepping your home for sale. A properly staged house sells faster and for more money than a house that has not been staged.
That is not to say, however, that the task will be easy.
So for the overwhelmed homeowner, below are general guidelines for staging a home. In the coming weeks, I’ll post specific room-by-room suggestions.
Savvy staging may involve a little time and elbow grease, but it is not necessarily expensive. In fact, you can achieve big results from a good cleaning and judicious editing.
SIX GENERAL GUIDELINES
Create great curb appeal
Paint the front door.
Power wash the driveway and/or stoop.
Wash away cobwebs and bugs.
Clean windows and light fixtures.
Invest in a new, larger, plain doormat.
Install flowering plants in pots.
Edge and mulch the beds.
Upgrade the mailbox, house numbers, doorbell, and knocker.
Clean and freshen everything
Area rugs, carpets, floors, counters, sinks, tubs, shelves, baseboards, picture frames, lampshades, and appliances should be cleaned. Hire a cleaning service if necessary. If an item cannot be cleaned satisfactorily, toss it.
Paint- easy, cheap, and effective.
To make rooms appear bigger, remove everything from coffee tables, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, tops of refrigerators, and cabinets, and remove excess furniture and knickknacks.
Make it light and bright.
Keep the lights on even in the daytime.
Keep your home warm and inviting but not too personal
You want prospective buyers to imagine themselves living happily in your house. They cannot do that if your personality and hobbies are too strongly in evidence. Eliminate all family photos, refrigerator art, collectibles, mementos, religious items, trophies, and diplomas.
Move the Pets
Ideally your pets need to go to grandma’s house or the kennel while your home is on the market. If that’s not possible, at the very least make sure the pets are kept in their cages, the garage, or in a fenced area in the back yard. Some buyers are grossed out by your son’s pet snake, scared of your dog, and allergic to the cat. Get rid of the food bowls, beds, and litter boxes while the house is being shown.
As for odors, since you live there all the time you probably don’t notice the smells. Ask a friend to honestly tell you if your house smells like snake/dog/cat.
Eliminate Smoke Oders
Air out your house.
Quit smoking…in the house during the time your home is being shown.
Remember: How You Live In Your Home Is Totally Different From How You Sell It