Staging is a critical part of the selling process and can increase offer values!
You’ve decided to sell your house and whether it’s to downsize, transfer or simply move on, there are a lot of emotions tied to the place you call home.
Staging your home for a quick sale with the best possible offer has to be your goal. After all, property is the single largest financial transaction that most people will deal with in their lives, so leaving the sale of it up to chance seems a pretty poor investment.
You’re not just selling someone your house, you’re selling them the dream of living in the space. So the question is, how do you show your home to its best advantage? How do you spark off a fierce bidding war and end up with multiple offers over asking?
Well, we can’t guarantee those results, but we work with many home stagers and ask them to provide us with their best advice about what you can do to prepare your home for a successful sale.
Here are their four most important tips!
Design For A Quick Sale Tip #1— Lose The Emotions!
As much as you might love your home, you need to detach yourself emotionally from it so that you can make decisions about staging, pricing, offers and details without getting mired in emotion. Always look at your property from the point of view of a buyer who doesn’t necessarily have your taste in décor.
Design For A Quick Sale Tip #2— Check The Curb Appeal
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside of your home so make sure it’s clean and tidy! Go stand on the curb and take a look, from the buyer’s point of view. Suddenly, you’ll notice what needs trimming, weeding, painting or power washing, to get that tidy appearance that will draw buyers in.
Design For A Quick Sale Tip #3— Clean, Clean And Declutter!
A vacant house never sells as quickly or as well as a staged home but there is a difference between looking lived in and looking messy. You need to:
- Put all the personal accents in storage. That includes family photographs and your collection of ceramic bird figurines! That said, if you have gorgeous copper pots hanging in the kitchen, leave them. Personal accents only work if they’re pristine. The multicolored afghan throw with the little yarn balls all over it may be your favorite but it won’t be anyone else’s who visits your house, so tuck it away!
- Clean every nook and cranny of what remains, right down to dusting the light fixtures.
- If you have too much furniture or furniture that doesn’t fit well in a room, take it out and put it in another room or in storage. Too much or too large furniture makes a house look smaller. Example? If you were thinking about replacing an old sofa, now is a great time to do it! Look for something streamlined and elegant that will work in your old home, and your new one! Perhaps something along the lines of a WHi Marcus Klik Klak Sofa in Beige. It’s neutral but comfortable and will work great in most any space! Note the side pocket storage detailing!
- Have a process for making sure that the house remains clean even if you’re living there through multiple days or weeks of showings. Empty garbage cans, keep clutter off the floor, make sure toys are put away.
- Make sure that you have adequate and attractive storage in place so that you can live day to day without having to struggle to keep the spaces tidy. For example, a well-placed bench can create the cozy look of a well-positioned conversation area AND add that all important storage for toys, books, etc.
WHi’s Melita Storage Bench is refined and functional, with a good storage space and safety stop hinges, to prevent the seat from slamming down!
A common problem? Pet odors. This is something you absolutely must get control of before showing your home, with thorough cleaning and removing any sign of your pets. Ideally, they’ll live at a friend’s house for a few days, during the showings! Less stress for them, and for you!
Design For A Quick Sale Tip #4— Stick To A Neutral Color Palette
A coat of paint does wonders for freshening up a house. If you’ve got smaller rooms, use the same paint color for two rooms running and they will seem larger! For example: if you have a living room / dining room that run into each other but neither is a large space, they will seem a lot bigger if they’re the same color.
Stick to neutral shades so that people can envision themselves and their furniture in your home. Canary yellow may be your idea of a great wall color but it would be difficult for a lot of potential buyers to get beyond it! Neutral doesn’t mean white, by the way… or even off white! Instead, pick a warmer shade that goes with your furniture. Earth tones in lighter, warm shades are perfect.
If you’re a home stager or have recently sold your home, which tips and tricks do you recommend? We’d love to hear from you!