Understand the Benefits
A 2018 NAR survey found 80% percent of buyers say staging makes it easier for them to visualize the property as theirs. The same study also noted that the sales price for staged homes were between 1 and 5 percent higher than unstaged homes.
Get Rid of Clutter
Haven’t watched Netflix’s smash hit “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”? Now’s the time.
The most basic task when staging a home involves removing clutter and knick-knacks. And don’t just put them in closets because buyers will look in them, and you want yours to appear roomy. Box them up and get them out!
Never Underestimate the
With all the clutter gone, do a deep cleaning. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before (and probably never will again unless you sell another house.) We’re talking every surface, every drawer, every closet, and every cabinet. Elbow grease is worth its weight in gold here people! Consider hiring a pro for the deep clean if it’s not your thing.
Buyers typically like to see bright rooms, so always open your blinds or pull your curtains back before a showing.
Once your furniture has been thinned out position couches, chairs, and tables away from your walls. This is a design technique called “floating” the furniture. Anchor the space with an area rug, even if the room has wall-to-wall carpet.
Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal.
If you neglect the outside of your home, you probably won’t attract as many buyers to the inside.
- Power-wash your house and walkways.
- Clean your windows
- Make sure your house number is easy to read.
- Mow the lawn
- Trim overgrown greenery
- Plant flowers
- Put a welcome mat and potted plants on your front stoop
- If you have a porch, include outdoor furniture