Staging Your Home for a Quick Sale
Here are some things to keep in mind when selling your home:
- Say “Bye,Bye to Clutter”
- Depersonalize your home ~ people want to see what they will look like in your home, not how your items look in your home. Start packing and getting family photos out of site.
- “FLOAT your Furniture” – furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.
- Room Transformations – If you have a room that only serves to hold junk – transform this area into a functional space. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot.
- Home Lighting – Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet.
- Make small spaces seem bigger – To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.
- Neutral and Appealing – Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space.
- Don’t Forget to “Raid Your Yard” – Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Don’t forget to make sure the lawn is mowed, Yard debris is cleared and the home has appropriate curb appeal.
- Serene and Inviting – Create a relaxing bedroom setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential home buyer want to hang out. Bedroom staging trick: If you don’t have the money to buy a new bed, just get the frame, buy an inexpensive air mattress and dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding.
- New Faces / Freshen Your Kitchen – If you can’t afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model.