If you are like most homeowners who are putting your home up for sale, you have two primary goals: to get the home sold quickly and to get as much for the home as possible. To help meet both of these goals, it is important to properly stage the home before putting it on the market. While your real estate expert can help you look for specific ways to stage your home, here are some general tips to keep in mind.
Remove Personal Items
When your real estate agent shows your home to personal buyers, he or she is going to try to help those buyers visualize themselves living in the home. If you have family photos and other personal items scattered about the house, it will make it more difficult for the potential buyer to see anyone but you living in the house. Therefore, the first step in staging is to depersonalize the home by removing photos, souvenirs and other items that help to make your house a “home” for you.
Clear Out Clutter
Potential buyers will want to be confident that your house offers enough space for them and their belongings. To help convince them that your home is plenty large enough, remove any unnecessary furniture or other items that may clutter up your space. Your goal should be to make it easy to walk through the house without bumping into furniture or otherwise feeling cramped. Similarly, your closets should not be overflowing. If necessary, you should place some of your items in storage in order to clear out space in the house. Not only will this make the house more visually appealing, but it will also create the allusion that your house is more spacious than it may actually be.
Consider the Senses
When staging your home, you want to work toward appealing to the five senses. In addition to making your home visually appealing, look for ways to appeal to the senses of touch, smell, sound and even taste. While your house is on the market, avoid cooking foods that may leave undesirable scents in the air, such as fish. Instead, bake cookies or a pie before potential buyers come to view the home. Not only will the scent be appealing, but you can offer a fresh treat to the buyers as well. Playing soft music in the background can help to appeal to the sense of sound. By creating inviting sounds and smells for the potential buyer to enjoy, you will be helping to build positive associations with your house.
Remember the Outside
Staging the home means more than just focusing on the inside. You also need to take a look at the outside and find ways to make your home feel warm and inviting. In addition to keeping your grass short and your weeds pulled, consider applying a fresh layer of paint to your front door. Adding a few baskets of flowers by the entryway will further help to make your home more attractive to potential buyers – including those who just might happen to drive by and decide to take a closer look.