Staging your home is one of the most important steps you can take toward getting it sold quickly and at a price that will make you happy. Different from making repairs and upgrades, staging involves creating an atmosphere within your home that will make it more appealing to a buyer. While your real estate agent will help guide you through the process of effectively staging your home, here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Remove Clutter
A cluttered house is not only unattractive, but it also makes the home feel small and cramped. Your home should be open and inviting to potential buyers, which means removing excess clutter. This doesn’t mean simply removing knick-knacks and collectibles, but may also involve removing excess furniture. Your goal should be to make it easy for potential buyers to move through the home without having to work around obstacles.
Tip #2: Improve Lighting
Great lighting will help to make your home feel warm and welcoming to potential buyers. To ensure you have enough lighting, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures with the goal of achieving 100 watts of light for every 50 square feet of space. Your rooms should offer three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. This means having general overhead lighting, pendant or under-cabinet lighting and table or wall lighting in each room.
Tip #3: Make Paint Work for You
Adding a fresh layer of paint to your interior walls can go a long way toward staging your home. To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as an adjacent room. When choosing colors, however, be sure to stick with colors that are neutral and potentially appealing to the greatest number of buyers. “Neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean just beige, so consider warm tans and honeys as well. Accent walls in darker tones can also be used to highlight a special feature, such as a fireplace or built-in bookcases.
Tip #4: Vary Your Accessories
While clutter should be removed from your home, you should still be sure to properly accessorize the space. Wall hangings are an attractive addition, but try displaying them creatively rather than hanging them all in a line. Also, keep in mind that odd numbers are preferable when accessorizing a room, with three being the ideal number in most cases. Rather than placing the accessories in a row, place them in a triangular fashion being sure to vary the items by height and width. Accessories should be grouped according to shape, color, texture or some other unifying element.
Tip #5: Bring in the Outdoors
To add a splash of color and beauty to your home, consider placing fresh flowers throughout your rooms. Simply clipping some flowers from your yard will go a long way toward making your home appear more warm and inviting. Fall foliage, holly branches and fern fronds are also great additions when carefully placed in a good location of the home.