Staging Your Home for a Speedy Sale
When we have buyers coming to look at your home, you want them to feel at home and that they would want to make an offer right away. Staging your home is a big help for you to get a nice offer from your buyers. Potential buyers aren't just looking for a structure to inhabit – they're looking to fulfill their dreams and improve their lifestyles.
Of course, it’s not enough to accessorize your home. You should make sure that your house is clean. Especially the kitchen, potential buyers love new appliances, but if you are on a budget, you can just make yours spotless clean to make it look almost new. Make sure your bathroom sparkles, every corner counts, even those that you cannot easily see.
If your house has clutter around, it distracts buyers from the main feature of the room or of the house. It will also make your room looks small because of the lack of extra space or storage occupied by the clutter. So hide away those knickknacks. But do not hide it in your closet, some buyers would open your closets to check how big it is, you don’t want your buyers to see that there are clutters inside which in return will make your closet space looks limited.
Buyers need to be able to envision their own family in your home, so keep all the family photos, family memorabilia and refrigerator art. Pets, kids, what you ate for dinner, a mildewed bathroom and a lot more other conditions can make your home smell. Give your home an inviting aroma by baking cinnamon-coated apples baking in the oven, lighting a vanilla-scented candles, or baking cookies in the oven. Finally, don't forget to take out the trash.
Define your rooms by their purpose, put furniture in the rooms according to their use. You don’t want your buyers to be confused as to what kind of room they are currently looking at. Even if the buyer won't want to use the room for the similar purpose, the essential thing is for them to realize that each part of the home is functioning space.
If you are planning to use wallpaper for your home, chances are the buyer will not like the design or the pattern. The safe way is to use paint for the walls. Use custom paints that will fit easily to any color palette. It will give your buyer a clean slate to design the place on their own according to their taste. Cracks in the walls or ceiling are a red flag to buyers as they may indicate groundwork complications. If your house does have foundation issues, you will need have them fixed or inform possible buyers regarding the problem.
No one wants to use a filthy, tainted carpet, particularly when somebody else made it that way. If you want your home to look elegant and classy, clean or replace carpet as needed, or install hardwood floors. In kitchens and bathrooms, go with ceramic tile or stone, if you want a cheaper material, use high-quality vinyl tiles.
Make sure to dust your old lightning fixtures if you don’t want to replace them. Open up your house to its natural light by opening curtains and blinds. Let the sunlight in, this will also make your house looks refreshing.
Make sure furniture is the right size, and don't disorder a room with a lot of furniture. Huge furniture will make a room look smaller, while too small or too little furniture can make the room seem cold.
Your home’s exterior is the determining factor if your buyer will even want or have the interest to see the inside of your home. So make sure that your trees, hedges, lawn and other plants are taken care of and neatly pruned and eliminate any weeds. Wash your windows and add flower boxes to brighten your windows. Make sure the sidewalk leading up to the house is clean and clear, and buy new rugs for the front and back doors. Utilize your patio or backyard by creating an outdoor living space. This will make your home bigger and more useful for your buyer.
Now for the final touch, put out fresh flowers and let air into the house so it doesn’t seem stuffy. Add a pleasant smell to your home, and put new nice towels in the bathrooms and other little things that your buyer may notice.
You don’t have to put too much cash into the staging process. Keep in mind that you just need to emphasize your home’s best features for the buyers to let them know that they can maximize the use of your home. Remember, the more potential buyers willing to submit offers for your property, the higher you could get it return.