Home Staging. Just more time and money for the seller, right? Actually, the opposite could not be more true. Research has shown that staging your home before showing can grow the average sale value of your home anywhere from 1 to 5% (think about it! For a $250,000 home, that’s a $12,500 increase!) When you look at those numbers, it suddenly makes the smaller expenses much more worth it. With that in mind, here are a few ways to stage your home so you can reap the benefits, without breaking the bank!
- Keep it simple- Remove unnecessary furniture from the bedroom. “Bedrooms need to send a signal of relaxation and comfort, not where you’re doing your work, not where you’re storing everything,” says designer Monica Pedersen.
- Neutralize- So let’s say that you just love the ocean and anything to do with the ocean. You have anchor pillows, lighthouse lamps, and wood from a actual pirate ship for a headboard. It’s probably a good idea to simplify your theme unless you’re buyer is Blackbeard. Along with this, make sure you stick to one color scheme. The simpler it is, the easier it is for your buyer to see all the possibilities.
- Hide your personal keepsakes- While your pictures of your children are indeed adorable, it does make it tough for another family to see themselves in your home. Go ahead and store those personal items away until you’ve cleared up a wall or table in your new place.
- Empty out half of your closet- This one’s pretty simple. With less “stuff” taking up space, it makes your closets seem much larger.
- Update the hardware- One of the quickest (and most inexpensive) ways to give your your kitchen a face life is to change out hardware on your cabinets. New hinges and knobs make them feel brand new. If the cabinets are dirty, make sure to give them a scrub. If they are scuffed, a fresh coat of paint might be just what the doctor ordered.
- Update the appliances too- A huge draw for kitchens today are new appliances. They look nicer, liven up your cabinets and floors, and make a kitchen feel cutting edge. These are sure to boost the curb appeal of your home and you’ll see that spending a little money will make you even more.
- Clean out and organize your cabinets- When potential buyers look through your home, they will go through almost everything. This includes your kitchen cabinets, so make sure to clean them up and out. The more empty and organized they are, the bigger they look.
the Living Room-
- Arrange the furniture- Many people think they need to scream to potential buyers, “Look how much space is here!” To do so, they shove all the furniture to their walls in an attempt to maximize the space. It actually achieves the opposite. Arrange your furniture into cozy conversational groups to improve the flow of the house, and to make the room feel bigger and more accessible.
- Accentuate Built-Ins- Buyers love built-in bookshelves, but there’s a fine line between filling them with clutter and staging them to sell. The trick is to arrange neutral items in clusters. Make sure that no single accessory stands out too much. That way, you’ll show off your attractive built-ins, and not your personal belongings.
- Make it inviting- The living room/foyer is usually the first thing a buyer will walk into when entering your home. Make sure to make it warm and inviting by giving it lots of natural lighting and making sure it feels open and spacious.
a Few General Tips-
- Replace your burned out bulbs- The more light you have in a room, natural or artificial, the larger it feels. Also, stick to traditional bulbs. CFG bulbs (the twisty ones) usually put off an unnatural light.
- Stage your rooms with one purpose- Your combo office/yoga studio/spare bedroom is an awesome room, and we realize that! However, to potential buyers it may say that you don’t have enough space in your home and you need to combine rooms to meet your needs.
- Smell your home- Go ahead. Take a big whiff. Smells are one of the big make it or break it moments for a first impression during a showing. If you smell pet odors or food in the garbage disposal, make sure you get rid of it before a viewing! One of my favorite tricks- Take 2 caps of vanilla extract and put it in the oven at 300° for 1 hour. It will make your home smell better than the kitchen at Eileen’s Cookies! You can also use this trick with your favorite essential oils!
Staging your home can be one of the most lucrative things you can do while looking for a buyer. It’s an easy way to make sure your home gets the attention it deserves. If you need some help staging your own home, give us a call today and we’ll make sure your home is in tip top shape for your buyers!
-Kim, Terra, and Kiley