When you’re planning a move, you’re listing your house, it’s time to start thinking about staging your home for sale. Staging your property, inside and out, can influence how quickly your house sells, how many offers you receive, and how much money you’ll earn. Home values are determined by what buyers are willing to pay. You can directly influence a buyer’s perception of your home’s value through the art and science of staging. Here are some tips for staging your home to sell.
Some people call this part decluttering, but it’s more calming to imagine it as a way to simplify. Simplify. Remove excess. Eliminate clutter. Pare down your belongings. Reduce. Subtract.
Start with three bins, a bag, a box, and an accordion file. The three bins are marked: save, sell, and scrap.
The save pile is for items you’re going to need later down the road, but probably not until after you move. They’re packable.
The sell pile is for things you no longer actively use but believe still hold some value.
The scrap pile is for things you’d prefer to donate than to mess with.
The bag you brought into the room is for trash. The box is for photos. The accordion file is for important documents and papers.
When you’re finished with the room, empty the trash, and then relocate the items from the bins into organized storage areas such as in the garage, attic, or designated area.
Do one room at a time so as not to become overwhelmed. Try to keep to a set schedule so as not to get lost in nostalgia. That’s easier than you’d think, the nostalgia procrastination trap.
Once you’ve finished with the hand-held items, think about furnishings. What can go to storage for now? The more furniture you have in a room, the smaller that room appears to be. Get rid of as much as you can and allow for as much space in the rooms as can be.
Purge and Purify
Your next step peels back another layer by asking you to remove your personality and energy vibe from the space. Take down photos of people and pack them away for your next home. Put away collectibles. Store sacred religious items – if not out of the home, then at least out of sight for showings – not to hide your faith, but to allow room for the faith of others who may occupy the space.
Part of what made your house a home was the ability to imbue it with your charms, the things in life that make you smile. Each time you added a portrait or a piece of artwork, a figurine, a paint color, you added yourself to the character of the home. The next owner should have that same right, so you’re clearing your energy to allow room for theirs.
Deep clean everything. Wash the windows. Bleach the bathtubs. Scrub the sinks. Wash the baseboards, walls, doors. Sweep the ceiling fans and vents. Clean under sinks, in closets, cabinets, pantries. Shampoo the carpet. Everything should be as sanitary as possible.
Repair & Replace
What problems weren’t solved in the cleansing process? Do the carpets need replaced? Should the walls be painted? Could the bathrooms, sinks, and windows use new caulking? Are the light switch or electrical socket covers cracked? Are the window screens torn?
You want the property to feel more like a model home than a sterile environment, so you’ll need to reintroduce a bit of warm, inviting, neutral decor to enhance and compliment the space. White linens in the bathroom give a spa-like appeal. Fresh flowers or fruit make a space feel vibrant, a place where life flourishes.
Don’t forget the outside; it may well be the most important. When buyer drives up to your house, their first impression lasts. They’re either excited to see what else the house has to offer, or they’re hesitant by what it may reveal. Mow the lawn. Pull weeds. Trim the hedges. Plant flowers. Power-wash the exterior of the structure. Do what you can to give as much charm as you can to your home’s curb appeal.
Your goal with staging is to dress your home for success so it can romance and woo potential buyers into submitting compelling offers to purchase your house.
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