Seven Staging Secrets to Sell Your Home, FAST
Home staging is an essential, albeit tedious, part of the home selling process. Here are seven easy tips to get you started.
CREATE GREAT CURB APPEAL
Paint the front door.
Invest in a new, larger, plain doormat.
Install flowering plans in pots.
CLEAN AND FRESHEN EVERYTHING
Carpets, counters, sinks, shelves, baseboards, and appliances should be cleaned. Hire a cleaning service if necessary. If an item cannot be cleaned satisfactorily, toss it.
To make rooms appear bigger, remove everything from coffee tables, counters, and cabinets and take out a few pieces of furniture too.
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, 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.
(As for odors, since you live there you probably don’t notice the smells. Ask a friend to honestly tell you if your house smells like dog/cat/ hamster.)
Easy, cheap, and effective. White, mostly.
Home staging doesn’t have to be overwhelming. For more tips, ask me for a copy of Savvy Staging Sells, my complete guide to home staging including resources for recycling, selling and disposing of all of your extra stuff.