Working with a professional real estate agent to sell your house, and pricing your property properly from the get-go will get you off to a great start, but there’s more you can do to prepare and set yourself up to get the most bang for your buck. Here are some tips for staging your home.
- Clean. Clean everything. Look up, and look down. From ceiling to floor, your house should be sparkling clean. Don’t forget to clean closets, cabinets, cupboards, and under the sinks. It may also be a good idea to clean your trashcans. Odd or assaulting odors in a house could lead buyers to believe there’s a bigger problem, such as plumbing or mold. Make sure areas under sinks are not only clean, but also dry. Consider, also, having your carpets cleaned. If cleaning is not one of your favorite things to do, or if you’re not good at it, consider outsourcing the job to a local cleaning company. Cleaning is the most important part of staging a home.
- Repair and Replace. Once everything is genuinely and thoroughly cleaned, you can see what looks dingy or dull. Paint walls that couldn’t be washed clean, and replace carpets that are stained, torn, or unsightly. Paint colors should be kept in soft, warm neutrals such as beige, gray, or sage. If any major systems or appliances are broken, or severely outdated, repair or replace them. Your house will undergo an inspection prior to sale and any items in disarray will be discovered and will require that you fix them prior to sale. Save yourself time, and embarrassment, by having these items repaired or replaced before the home is shown. Updating kitchen appliances could aid your cause in getting offers on your property. Kitchens are often considered the most important room in the house, so replacing outdated appliances could garner a good return on investment.
- You know you’re moving, so go ahead and start packing. You need to reserve enough items to live comfortably, but pack up and store away anything you won’t be using for the next 60 days or so. This includes out-of-season clothing, toys, shoes, games, and even dishes and dinnerware. Save only what you need, pack and store the rest. This will help your house look spacious and uncluttered. The same is true with furniture – remove bulky items and minimize what’s left inside the house. Arrange furniture into conversation areas,
- Remove personal items. When potential buyers come into your house, they want to be able to envision themselves living in that space, not feeling like they’re guests in your home. Remove any family photos, personal collections, and anything that makes political statements or other socially sensitive items. It’s okay to leave a few impersonal art pieces as décor, but all other personalized items should be removed or stored away.
- Don’t forget the curb appeal! Everything that went on inside should also take place outside. Clean up so there’s no debris, toys, or lawn ornaments cluttering the yard. Make sure walkways are clear, lawns are manicured, bushes are trimmed, and that the outside of your home looks fresh and attractive. Consider adding pops of color with potted flowers outside the doors.
- Bake something. If you’re not a good baker, then buy cookies, cupcakes, or some other treat to leave out for potential buyers. Baked is best because baked goods infuse the house with a welcoming, comforting aroma. If you don’t bake, set out your store-bout treats, but use a candle or an air freshener to make your house smell warm and inviting.
- Be security conscious. Remove any valuable items or weapons from your home. Potential clients will be looking through every nook and cranny of your space, so you want to make sure your valuables are secure and that there are no dangers to attendees of your open house.
Selling your house can be an exhilarating and rewarding process. You want to make sure you get the most return on your investment, and that your property sells quickly. Staging your house is one of the most important things you can do prior to listing your house for sale on the real estate market. Give Home Smith Homes a call today at 708-321-0136.