When selling your home, having it strategically staged to appeal to a wide variety of buyers is highly recommended. Buyers will be able to mentally move in and leave them with a lasting positive impression. Here are 10 staging ideas and tips to make your home look its best:
(1) Clean Your Home
We are talking extreme cleaning. Do not skimp on making sure your home is spotless from top to bottom. The cleaner your home is, the more appealing it will be to home buyers.
(2) Get Rid of Clutter
We understand you love your “stuff.” Keep in mind people touring your home will not love it as much. When selling, it’s time to store all family photos, collections and other items that make your home look cluttered and crowded.
Are your closets full, too? Clean them out to make them look more spacious.
(3) Group Furniture
Rooms will look larger when furniture floats away from walls. Position chairs and couches into groups. If you have too many pieces of furniture in a room, consider storing a few chairs or a couch. Or, use that extra chair from the living room and place it in an almost-empty guest bedroom or study.
(4) Get Rid of the Junk Room
Many people have one room designated for storage – aka the “junk room.” Convert that space into a room with purpose by transforming it into a reading room, zen room, study or exercise area.
(5) Don’t Block Your Windows – Let There be Light!
Natural light is a good thing to show off in your home. Open all heavy curtains and let the light shine in. If you have any furniture blocking windows, now is the time to move pieces away from obstructing window views. If your room is still dark, be sure to add lighting. (Aim for 100 watts for each 50 square feet.)
(6) Master Bedroom
Make the master bedroom into a retreat. Consider a neutral bed covering with a throw blanket and several pillows.
(7) Decorate in Threes
Although you do not want to showcase clutter, a bit of home decor is pleasing. Groupings of three are appealing to the eye. Vary your items in height and width with the largest item set in the back and the smallest placed in the front.
(8) De-Personalize Your Home
When your home is for sale it is a good idea to make wall colors neutral to appeal to most buyers’ taste. If you have rooms with bold colors, consider repainting them to something neutral. Remember, you can add back your personality with color when you move to your new home!
(9) Painting Tip
If your goal is to make a room look larger, paint it the same color as an adjacent room.
(10) Outside Rooms
A patio or porch is a great place to show off “outdoor” rooms. Be sure to stage those areas and make them look special
Need professional help with staging your home? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with a vetted company experienced in home staging, painting or other home-related needs.