Did you know that staged homes sell 88% faster—and earn almost 20% more—than nonstaged ones, according to Realtor.com?
The goal of home staging is to make your home look as attractive as possible to home buyers, by giving it the appearance of being professionally cleaned and decorated.
You can hire a professional home stager to help you. Or you can try these easy home staging tricks yourself—for less than half the cost.
Get rid of half your stuff.
Remove extra furniture to an offsite location—so rooms feel clean and airy. Many stagers use the “50% rule” when removing items in a home.
Kill the clutter.
Buyers hate messy papers, stacks of magazines, dirty laundry scattered around and overcrowded countertops. Hide it, or take it offsite. Too many family pictures can also be a distraction (see the next tip).
Hide all personal items.
This includes toothbrushes, clothes, awards, family pics, the kids’ drawings, unique arts and crafts and notes on the fridge. Make the space look as neutral as possible—almost like a hotel room.
Get your home “maximum clean.”
Pay for a professional cleaning crew to do a one-time deep clean, or plan a day to tackle it yourself. Scrub the windows, floors, walls, counters, tables, sinks, toilets and tubs.
Make a good first impression.
Sweep off the front entrance. Add brightly colored potted plants and a new welcome mat. Trim the grass, lawn edges and shrubs. Add new, inexpensive patio chairs and a pretty table to your front porch.
Go for neutral colors.
Now is not the time to make a fashion statement! If you have interior bedrooms painted in bright colors (think: green, purple, pink, red, or blue), now is the time to repaint. White is always a safe bet.
Try new curtains, towels or bedspreads.
Adding inexpensive new window and shower curtains and towels in neutral colors (or a single bright color) can really make a clean bathroom or bedroom pop.
Ask your realtor for ideas.
Your ReeceNichols realtor can share tested ideas that have already worked well for selling the other homes in your neighborhood.
Your ReeceNichols realtor can recommend ideas for staging your home to help it sell faster. Contact us today!