If the space feels cramped, uninviting, or in need of significant renovation, that feeling will stick with them and will undoubtedly affect their willingness to make an offer.
That's why it's so important to design your home for sale as soon as you put it on the market. Home staging can help you sell quickly and command a competitive price. Highlight your home's strengths, downplay its weaknesses, and show off its full potential with these five design tips from the professionals.
1. Deep clean and declutter.
The first step to staging a home for sale is doing a clean sweep. That means decluttering everything, room by room. If you have a dozen small appliances cluttering up your kitchen countertops, store them out of sight. Clear out stacks of old magazines on the coffee table and dust off your bookshelves. Don't just shove everything in the closets, either, since potential buyers will want to check out storage spaces; instead, pack everything neatly into boxes and remove them from the home entirely. To increase curb appeal, you should clean up your outdoor spaces, as well ? put away yard gear, tidy your garden, and mow your lawn.
2. Make your home light and bright.
Lighting is an essential element of interior design, affecting the ambience and atmosphere of any home. It can draw attention to positive attributes and deemphasize the faults. Home buyers love lots of natural light, so make sure you throw open your curtains and raise your blinds to let the sun shine in. If your home doesn't have a whole lot of natural light, install light fixtures and lamps wherever your rooms need a little brightening.
3. Stick with neutrals.
Since the goal of staging a home for sale is to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers, you'll want to stick with a crowd-pleasing color palette. Neutral colors, such as whites, grays, and beiges, create a relaxing environment people can picture themselves living in. Use neutral paint colors on your walls, as well as for larger pieces of furniture, like sectionals. To add character and interest, add pops of color throughout by using throw pillows, accessories, and wall hangings.
4. Make the most of your space.
Every home has its quirks, but you can use them to your advantage by making awkward spaces functional. A slanted ceiling can be the perfect place for out-of-the-way bookshelves, while a narrow alcove becomes a home office with the addition of a small desk and rolling chair. Design details like this turn flaws into unique features.
Accent pieces may seem minor, but they can make or break the mood of a room. Thoughtfully designed tablescapes can help potential buyers envision themselves enjoying a meal in the dining room. Fluffy towels and scented soaps in the bathroom create a relaxing spa atmosphere, while crisp bed linens and coordinated shams evoke comfort in the bedroom. Don't forget wall hangings, too: strategically placed artwork and mirrors can create focal points and make a small room appear larger.
Sound like a big undertaking? BlueGrape can help.
The logistics of moving can be overwhelming, no matter how green the pastures you're heading for. While it might be tempting to skip the home-staging process in order to simplify your to-do list, doing so may prolong the stress by dragging out the sale of your home. BlueGrape Staging and Design can help relieve some of the burden and stage your home so that it stands out from the crowd, sells quickly, and commands a competitive price. Serving the greater San Diego area, we've prepared hundreds of homes for sale, and we know how to maximize buyer appeal. Using our on-trend inventory of furniture and accessories, we can design a layout and staging plan that highlights the unique strengths of your home. Contact us at (858) 295-7443 to find out more about our services.