8 Home Staging Tips from the Pros to Help You Sell Your Home Faster
by Rick Delgado
on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 9:12am.
If you are thinking of selling your house, you have probably heard of home staging. Many real estate professionals highly recommend staging your house before showing to potential buyers in order to sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time.
Why Should You Stage Your Home?
Although many real estate professionals recommend staging your home, many times they do not explain how staging can help sell your home for top dollar.
As with selling your house, buying a home is a very emotional process. Many times people buy a house they feel an emotional connection to. The purpose of staging and de-cluttering allows potential buyers to disconnect the house with the previous owners and allow them to see themselves in your home. Home staging will also help buyers imagine how their furniture could look in the house, or the potentials of their new home.
Here are some easy and affordable home staging tips to make your home more marketable to potential buyers:
Pro Tip #1: De-Clutter and Put Away Personal Items
De-cluttering and putting away your personal items should be at the top of your home staging list. This is one of the easiest ways for you to help potential buyers see your home as their own. It also will benefit you since it will give you an opportunity to start packing and putting away those things you cherish before having strange people walk through your house.
Pro Tip #2: Rearrange Your Furniture
After the process of de-cluttering, you should re-arrange your furniture to help showcase that beautiful fireplace, or to make rooms feel larger. Take out bulky furniture and toys so buyers can see the true potential of your home.
Pro Tip #3: Slap On a Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting your house is one of the more affordable things you can do that will make such a big difference when it comes time to sell. If your house is full of color, re-paint it in a neutral color so it can appeal to a greater majority of homebuyers. Also, painting will also refresh your house so it looks newer, which potential buyers love to see. Another bonus top: if you are looking to make a room feel bigger, paint adjacent rooms the same color. The seamless transition will give the illusion of more space.
Pro Tip #4: Tidy Up Your Home
Give your house a thorough cleaning. Scrub the sinks, clean spots off of windows, and keep the house tidy. One of the ways to get the most for your house is making the buyers feel like the house is move-in ready and there’s not much to do to the house. Also make sure to deodorize the house if you have pet, but not overwhelm your house with too much synthetic scents.
Pro Tip #5: Update Your Kitchen on the Cheap
You don't need to spend lots of money to update your kitchen. If you can't afford new kitchen cabinets, simply replace the door fronts or the hardware with contemporary fixtures. De-cluttering your kitchen counters can do wonders for a space. Stow away any unnecessary items, and opt for a few well-placed items like a bowl of fruits or a bright bouquet of flowers. They'll really pop and add some freshness to your kitchen.
Pro Tip #6: Great Lighting Sells
Lighting has the capacity to completely change the look and feel of a home. As it turns out, the majority of homes for sale feature poor lighting that fails to showcase the space. One of the easiest lighting fixes is to replace your light bulbs with ones that have a higher wattage. 100 watts for each 50 square feet of room space is a good rule of thumb. Another tip: mix up different types of lighting rather than sticking to one which can look stale. You ideally want to have a mix of ambient or overhead lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
Pro Tip #7: Add Eco-Friendly Home Features
Homebuyers are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly home, so if you're going to upgrade your home before putting it on the market, make it green. Consider energy efficient appliances in the kitchen, smart home accessories, and low-flush toilets. If you are considering hardwood flooring, opt for cork flooring instead, which is renewable and costs about half the price. In the backyard, reduce your lawn size and replace with local drought tolerant plants. Low maintenance landscaping is very appealing to buyers, and can save them money in the long run.
Pro Tip #8: Max Your Curb Appeal
With all the work on the inside, don’t forget your front yard. Curb appeal is important as it is the first impression of the house a buyer will have. By making sure the front yard is appealing, you're giving the buyer a positive first look of your home, and putting them in the right mindset...to buy! Mowing the lawn, removing weeds, trimming back overgrown plants, and putting down new mulch/bark will make such a difference on your front yard.