If you’re looking to sell your home this summer, then you’ve likely wondered about staging. Staging is the process of cleaning and decorating your home for maximum buyer appeal. When you stage your home, you make it easier for potential buyers to imagine living in your space. Just think of a home design magazine or a furniture store catalog.
Not sure where to begin? Follow these 4 main tips for easy home staging success:
Give Visitors a Good First Impression
Boost your curb appeal by power washing the outside of your home, caring for your lawn, adding plants to your porch, and including a wreath on your front door. If you have the space, you can even add outdoor furniture or rugs. Be sure to repair cracked driveway materials or chipped door paint, too. The goal is for your home to look clean and inviting, so that home buyers will have an immediately strong first impression.
Thoroughly Clean & Declutter Your Home
Give your home a thorough, deep scrub from top to bottom. If you have carpets or rugs, have them carefully cleaned. The same is true for hardwood flooring. Don’t forget that corner of the wall with dust or those grimy baseboards, either. As time-consuming as this part is, your home’s cleanliness will have a considerable impact on how buyers react to the house. A well-polished home lets buyers see only your home’s best features.
Once your home is spick-and-span, it’s time to focus on decluttering the rooms. A clutter-free home is much more appealing to the eye, but it also shows off just how much space is available in your home. If at all possible, come up with a storage solution for your excess clutter until after your house sells.
Make Your Home a Neutral Place
We all love showing off our personality in our homes. When it comes to staging, though, your goal is to have potential buyers thinking about all of the ways that they’d like to decorate your home. This is why it’s so important to temporarily put away personal photos, trinkets, kids’ toys, and pet supplies when preparing your home for a tour or photographs. If your home is painted in particularly bold colors, you also might want to consider repainting the walls in a more neutral color (like beige, grey, or white).
It can be difficult to take your personality out of the home, but just remember that you’ll be able to put it all back into your new house!
Pay Attention to the Details
When it comes to selling a house, the little things really can make a big difference. Pleasant smells (like a diffuser or freshly baked cookies), real flowers in a vase, and bowls of fresh fruit are neutral ways to make your home still feel like a home.
You should also be sure to make any necessary repairs in your home. Pay attention to worn-down caulking, holes in the walls, cracked paint, and other cosmetic flaws that can appear over time.
Successfully Sell Your Home This Summer with VSells & Associates
Your VSells & Associates Realtor will guide you through every step of the selling process, including staging. Don’t have a VSells & Associates Realtor? Contact our team today to learn more about selling your Baltimore-area home with us.