Staging a home for sale involves creating a feeling of a new and fresh space to appeal to buyers. This may sound easy when you’re not living in the home, but it’s altogether a different experience while your family is still living there. Staging is especially important when preparing for listing photos, videos, and showings, to present your home at its best, and in a way that doesn’t make it seem like it’s someone else’s home. Buyers want to envision themselves in the space.
Staging can be either DIY or professionally done. Either way, the goal is to entice buyers with staging that gives your home a fresh and welcoming feel that buyers will love.
This is of utmost importance. Having the home clean and clear of clutter will put money in your pocket. Consider that you’re packing to move to your new home and pack away anything that isn’t essential. Rent a storage unit or store items in a relative’s basement. Creating space in your home will show buyers the amount of storage options.
Storing your personal items will help you in your next pursuit, to….
1. Clean. Clean. Clean
This next step a must as well. The cleaner the home, the more confident the buyer will be that the home has been, and is, well maintained. This will be a labor of love and takes time but is one of the best investments you can make in the sale of your home.
Once the home has been thoroughly cleaned, keep it that way. This may be hard with little ones, and fur babies, but it will have a big impact.
It is important to maintain this level of cleanliness during the showing process. Living in the home may make this a challenge, but the better you are at this, the faster your home will sell. Presentation is everything.
3. Repairs and Maintenance
Buyers want to be sure that the home is in good condition. Anything that is not working should be fixed, prior to listing the home on the market. This will ensure that the buyers will feel confident that the home has been well maintained and allows for a smooth inspection and no surprises at closing.
Maintenance is ongoing and during your home selling process, you can continually address any issues that may arise.
Investing a small amount of time and money into updating can make a big difference in your bottom line. Renovating while staging and selling is not for the faint of heart, so keep it simple. Freshen up rooms and décor, and remember, less is more.
5. The Fun Part
When you’ve decluttered, cleaned and repaired, treat yourself and have some fun with the best part of staging. Lights, camera, action! This is the part just before your photographer arrives for your listing photos and everything is just perfect. Add a few simple treats to make a great impact. Consider you are the designer for a five-star luxury suite and have fun.
This list may seem daunting and while you are still living in the home, but you can do it. And when you’ve accomplished this great feat, you will reap the rewards. Your photographer will love you, and the sale of your home will be more easily achieved for the best possible price.
Just before you go.
Just as you head out, before an agent arrives to show your home to a potential buyer, there are a few things to do to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward.
These are a few tips to help you succeed in selling and stay sane while staging your home. It can be done. Best of luck!Read Other Posts