Selling a home often consists of many longs days and nights, to-do lists that can seem endless and a fair amount of work. Because of this, it can be easy to rule out the task of staging your home during the selling process. Adding to the amount of work you already need to do is not always a popular option. However, whether you take the time to stage it yourself or hire a professional – it will pay off.
The moment you put your home on the market, time is everything. In order to sell a home quickly, staging is the way to go. Staging your home adds value by appealing to a broad range of tastes and potential buyers.
Check out these eight staging ideas below.
1. Curb appeal
It’s important to take into consideration the impression the exterior of your home leaves on those driving by the property. The property should say “welcome home” from first glance. Use elements such as porch and outdoor lighting, greenery, flowers and outdoor furniture to add curb appeal to your home. Washing the windows, exterior siding and keeping the lawn cut also leaves a good impression.
2. Furniture arrangement
Upon entering, your guests will take note of the space, where the furniture is placed and the traffic flow. While it may be difficult to do, try to weed out any pieces that create clutter and overcrowd a room. By arranging furniture away from walls, the room will appear larger. A conversational grouping of furniture can create a cozy and functional space.
3. Transform awkward space
Every house has one. Whether it’s a small alcove within the stairwell or an entire room used for storage, it’s a great idea to make these awkward spaces functional. Doing so will show potential buyers what these unconventional spaces can be used for. By placing a chair, small side table, a candle and a couple of books in a quirky corner – you’ve created a cozy reading nook!
Paint is your new best friend throughout the staging-to-sell process since the color of the walls can make a room look drastically bigger or smaller. A few design tricks to use include painting the walls the same color as the drapery, painting the back of shelves the same color as the walls to create an illusion of depth and using neutral colors to help the space feel larger. Bold and bright colors will not cast as wide of a net when it comes to appealing possible buyers. However, don’t be afraid of color altogether. Powder rooms and dining rooms are great spaces to use dark or bold colors to create a more intimate feel.
Using unique items to decorate your home can communicate a balance of clean, as well as lived-in. Anything hung on the walls should be done so in a strategic fashion. Try hanging wall art in an unexpected arrangement to capture the attention of guests, but be sure to leave space between the pieces to avoid a congested look.
Group objects such as vases, sculptures or books that are similar in color, shape and texture. The right accessories have the ability to make any space more inviting, especially if they are arranged in an appealing way. To liven up any room, try adding a splash of color by using greenery from the yard. Don’t be afraid to think seasonally, too. Pulling in elements of the season—leaves in the fall or fresh flowers in the spring—will only add to the charm of the home.
The kitchen can be an important room for buyers when it comes to purchasing a home. Remodeling a kitchen can be daunting and costly. There are a handful of ways to save money while still giving your kitchen a facelift. Replacing or resurfacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts can make a big difference. Throw on a coat of paint, add some new hardware and pair these updates with a bowl of fresh fruit next to the sink and you’re good to go!
Properly lighting your home is an important component during the selling stages. Again, it is important that each room feels inviting and welcoming, allowing guests to envision what it could be like to live here. Using ambient, task and accent lighting will add to the warmth of your home.
8. Unfinished projects
Unfinished projects can scare away prospective buyers in a heartbeat. A home that is as close to move-in ready as possible tends to attract more prospects. Finishing up any lingering projects will be in your best interest. Not only will your property appeal to more people, potential buyers will be less inclined to deduct from the asking price.
All of your hard work will pay off when potential buyers see your home, staged at its best, and can envision a life there. Check out our blog, featuring other tips on staging and selling your home, for more advice.