Putting your home up for sale can be an emotional experience no matter if you’ve lived there for 20 years or just a short while. It almost goes without saying that you want your home to sell quickly and for the highest price possible and, as you probably know, staging is key. By making your property more appealing, studies show that buyers spend as much as 3 times more on a staged home. In addition, over 81% of buyers can visualize a staged home as their future home.
However, although an accredited and licensed stager can create that essential emotional draw for buyers, there is much you as the homeowner can do to prepare for staging. So, set the stage for success with these 4 tips and see fast results!
Get your House Sparkling Clean
One would think this to be a no-brainer, but you may be surprised how many properties we see that are far from clean. From sparkling windows to spotless, shiny floors, every surface should be as pristine as possible. If you have a large home, you may consider a professional service to tackle some of the tough areas as you prepare for your move. Secondly, don’t skimp on having carpets cleaned! There is no bigger drawback for a potential buyer than sullied carpets and you could easily lose that perfect offer.
Remove Draperies and Valences
Unless your curtains are tailored and completely neutral in color, let in the light and remove them! A bright, cheery room looks larger and is definitely more inviting.
Paint - A Neutral Palette
There’s no doubt those colorful walls looked great with your own furnishings, but now is not the time to experiment with fun hues! One of the biggest keys to getting your property sold and sold fast is by creating a neutral backdrop. However, you don’t have to go all white - choose sophisticated, mid-tone neutrals or soft, light grays to create freshness and a visual flow between rooms.
Boost the Curb Appeal, Including Balconies and Patios
From our experience, many buyers will refuse to enter a home based on drive-up, so make sure the exterior of your property is equally as inviting as your interior. Weed flower beds, remove dead foliage, and repair any stains or peeling paint. Adding a few potted plants or filling up flower boxes will make a huge difference and can even help you get a higher price. This also holds true for balconies and patios, so don’t neglect your other outside areas!
Do you perhaps have any helpful tips that have proven successful for you? Please let us know in the comments below!
Designer and Project Head, BlueGrape