Are you planning to put your house on the market in the near future? If so, you likely know that it is important to make your house attractive to potential buyers. Yet, if you are like most homeowners, you may not realize just what this involves. Obviously, making a home appealing to potential buyers involves making necessary repairs and applying fresh paint, but did you know that there are additional steps that you can take to help get your home sold?
Through a process called staging, you take extra steps to make your house more attractive to potential buyers by appealing to their five senses. Ultimately, the goal is to make your house feel like “home” to the potential buyer. To make this happen, here are a few simple staging tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Remove Personal Items
If a potential buyer walks into your house and sees ribbons and trophies from your child’s activities, family photos and other mementoes, it will be difficult for the buyer to envision anyone other than you living in the home. Therefore, you need to remove personal items so the potential buyer can picture his personal belongings in the home rather than yours.
Tip #2: Transform Specialty Rooms
While you may like having a room with walls that are painted in crazy colors for black lights or you may appreciate having an entire room that is dedicated to building model trains, you are not likely to find many buyers with those same interests. Therefore, if you have changed a space into a specialty room, it will be better to change it back into a bedroom or other space that could easily be used for a variety of purposes. Paint the walls a neutral color and remove your hobby items so the buyer can envision the room being used for his unique purpose.
Tip #3: Get Rid of Clutter
A cluttered space feels small and cramped, and that is the last feeling you want to give to potential buyers. Even if you have a large home, you can make it feel tiny with too much clutter. Remove excess items, including unnecessary furniture, in order to make it easier to maneuver through the home. To further open up the space, open the shades on your windows to let the light shine through. Just be sure there is no clutter or other unsightly things sitting outside of the windows for potential buyers to see.
Tip #4: Play Pleasant Music
Playing pleasant music quietly in the background is a great way to appeal to the buyer’s sense of hearing. If it is around the holidays, playing holiday music can help elicit warm feelings of “home” while the buyer is viewing the home. Otherwise, consider playing quiet classical music in the background.
Tip #5: Bake Cookies
The smell of freshly baked cookies or apple pie can also help to appeal to the buyer’s sense of smell as well as taste. If time allows, consider baking some goodies shortly before the showing so the house smells great and you have a tasty treat to share. This is particularly effective in the winter months because fresh baking will give your home a warm and cozy feel.