Top 5 Tips For Staging Your Home
Several studies have proved it: Homes that are professionally ‘staged’ sell faster and for more money than homes that are not.
Homes that are staged — cleaned, decorated and set up to maximize the most attractive elements and minimize drawbacks — sell for an average of 17% more money than unstaged homes. And staged homes spend less time on the market, often selling 60 or more days faster than non-staged properties.
You want your home to show well to potential buyers. Staging helps potential buyers imagine themselves in your home and make your home look its best. Most homeowners don’t have the expertise or the eye to do it themselves (especially if they’ve been living in the home for a few years), so having an expert help is best.
At Fidelis Property Group, we’ve seen the value that staging provides to our sellers, both in netting them more money and in making the preparation process less stressful – so we provide our sellers with a complimentary staging consultation with a design professional.
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, here are the five most important things your staging expert will do:
1. Clean and remove signs of pets. It’s hard to keep your home spotless during the selling process, but it does make a huge difference. Take at least 20 – 30 minutes every evening or every morning before work and clean, including doing dishes in the sink, vacuuming and dusting. If you have pets, do everything you can to eliminate pet odors — you don’t want to lose a potential buyer because they’re worried about the smell.
2. Declutter. Similar to the famous three words in real estate (location, location, location) there are three key words for staging: declutter, declutter, declutter. Sometimes a home is clean because it’s free of dust and dirt, but the less ‘stuff’ in a home, the bigger the home will seem. Remove family photos to allow a new owner to picture themselves there, and clear flat surfaces (tables and floors) of as many items as possible.
3. Remove furniture. This is similar to the idea behind decluttering — only with the big stuff. Removing 30 to 40% of your furniture will help potential buyers focus on the space itself, not on your interior design choices.
4. Paint. Your walls should be in good condition and painted in a neutral tone. If you have bold or bright colors, consider repainting to avoid turning off potential buyers. Painting can also help cover up holes from pictures you’ve hung and will cover scuffs, scrapes and dirt marks that end up on your walls over time.
5. Think ‘curb appeal.’ Ensure your landscaping is in top shape. Make sure the lawn is freshly mowed, leaves raked, porch and deck swept clean, trash bins out of sight, etc. You want to do everything you can to make the outside of your home look attractive and well-maintained. First impressions can go a long way, and with a home the first impression is often the outside. Not only does focusing on curb appeal make the home look better, it also gives potential buyers the impression that the home has been well taken care of and maintained.