Sell Your Home Faster Using Proper Staging

Staging Your Home to Sell

When selling your home, there are many things to consider, but one of the most important things you can do is stage it properly. You need to keep in mind that prospective buyers are looking at your home and trying to envision themselves living in it. By following a few simple but powerful guidelines, you will help them visualize their new home and help you get your home sold quicker.

One of the main things you need to do is de-clutter. You might think this means cleaning up the house, but it also means downsizing your furnishings. Having too many furnishings in a room, from tables and chairs, to extra bookshelves, can make rooms seem smaller and distract from the buyer’s visual picture of their desired home. You should take a minimalist approach and really figure out what you can temporarily live without in your home, then put the extra items into storage.

The next thing you should look at is the grouping of furniture. Furniture should be grouped so that the flow of traffic in each room is obvious. Float furniture away from walls and reposition sofas and chairs into cozy groups that inspire conversation. This will make the room look larger and more user friendly. Also, don’t be afraid to move furniture around. You may have bought that chair to watch TV in, but would it look just as good in another place?

Great lighting is very important to staging. A good rule of thumb is using higher wattage bulbs to get about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Make sure you also have more than one type of lighting as well. For example, if you have an overhead light, also have table lamps.

Kitchens and bathrooms are a main area of focus for buyers. Remodeling can be expensive, but you can repaint and deep clean to ensure that they look their best. Keep countertops free of clutter, leaving just a few items out such as a bowl of fruit and a small appliance in the kitchen. Don’t leave personal hygiene items out in the bathroom.

Neutral colors are best for walls. If you have rich colors in any room, consider repainting to a neutral color scheme. Buyers can visualize their own color scheme easier if they are not distracted by bright colors.

Staging your home properly does not need to be an extensive effort, but it can pay off by making your home more attractive to a wider pool of buyers.

-Rick