When selling a house; cleaning, decluttering, and move-in readiness goes a long way to increase the buyers’ appeal. However, these are not the only home staging tips that can get the buyers’ attention.
identifying the perfect way to stage your home can make it faster and easier to get a buyer. You may be working on a tight budget and sourcing for a professional is out of your options. The last thing you want is to look like you have “money problems”. Keep this in mind, buyers’ perception of your financial situation will influence the price they are going to offer.
Look comfortable. Look wealthy. Do not look desperate or needy, you might attract an opportunist!
Try out some of these expert-guided home staging tips to stage your home for a quick sale.
- Declutter and depersonalize the living room
You want your house to tell a story when the buyer is walking through. You need to focus on the best details of the house. The living room is one of the places with these details. The fireplace for example; clear it up and stage it with well arrange planks of wood.
Evaluate the traffic pattern make sure there’s a natural flow by arranging the furniture and get rid of those that take a lot of space and any other unnecessary items. Accent the seats with pretty accent pillows but avoid pillow covers with fancy prints. Let in as much natural light by opening the curtains and the blinders. Open the windows and let to let in fresh air if the weather is conducive. Switching on the lights makes the house look bigger.
Bonus Tip: a set of matched volumes of books on the bookshelf that is coordinated, communicates a sense of the people that live in the house; interesting and knowledgeable folks. Avoid putting books that have controversial topics though.
- Remove all personal items
Before putting your home up for sale and inviting buyers into your space, it is advisable to removal personal items like family photos, awards, and other personal knick-knacks. This helps the buyer to visualize themselves in the space. You don’t want to distract your buyer with your “client comforter” award that you won ten years ago at your first job; they need to focus on what the home has to offer.
- Keep the kitchen clean as possible
I can’t state this staging tip enough, clean kitchens sell houses. Clear the counters, and leave a few decoratives like a blow of fruits or jars. Buyers are keen on space, ensure the cabinets and the pantry is completely clear. The kitchen appliances should be replaced if not working. Lastly, there shouldn’t be any trash can in site
The bathroom is not really the center of the home and buyers might just take a peek for a few seconds and walk away, that doesn’t mean they won’t factor in that area in their decision making. The whole house can be appealing to them but then they decide to walk away
because the bathroom area. Thorough clean the bathroom and remove all the clutter and personal effects from the area during the showing.
To make the bathroom look elegant, roll white fluffy towels (always use white towels) and place them in a woven basket. Boost the brightness by replacing dim bulbs with brighter ones. Instead of spongy bath mats use white rugs on the floor.
Finally, accessorize the place to create a relaxing atmosphere by placing a fresh bar of soap, decorative woven baskets that hold the shower gels and lotions. You can also add a fake plant to make the place look calm.
- Masterfully make the Master bedroom elegant.
Your bed is the central point of your master bedroom, this is why it needs to look amazing. If the bedding is worn out you might want to consider purchasing a new set of duvets. A white set gives your bed a new life it gives the room some tranquil ambiance it needs.
Consider painting the walls with a neutral color, there shouldn’t be any detail in the room that is feminine or masculine since you are trying to appeal to both sexes. Great lighting is also essential as it makes the bedroom shine. I’d recommend investing in lamplights, fluorescents don’t bring out that perfect ambiance the bedroom needs
Lastly, keep two-thirds of your clothes away buyers would like to see how spacious the wardrobes are.
Bonus tip: Put some soft music during the showing it could be jazz or any classical. Something soft to listen to is a great way to give the entire home some positive vibe. It gives some upbeat energy when your buyer is walking through.
- Decorate the house in a neutral style.
Remove all family photos and portraits that are personal. It helps the buyer to imagine themselves in the space. Invest in portraits or paintings that are appropriate to all audiences.
- Dining room
Prospective buyers would love to have a glimpse of how their hosting will be like in your dining area. First things first, clean the place thoroughly like the queen is coming over for dinner. Dust off the chairs and the tables and scrub every surface until its sparkling clean. When staging a dining table, choose a neutral color scheme. The dining area should appear spacious. Remove some of the chairs as this will allow them to move around easily and freely. Update the lighting to match the setting of the dining area. I may advise you to go with a glammed-out chandelier that goes with your dining set.
I hope these home staging tips motivated you to get started! Some may seem daunting, but they don’t have to be if performed well in advance
AUTHOR : SUSAN RONO
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