What Is Home Staging?
It's making sure the property for sale appears it's best to potential buyers.
Most people have difficulty visualizing themselves in an empty home. Plus an empty home appears to be cold and unwelcoming. That's why is a good idea to properly stage a vacant home.
You might think that your home appears to be welcoming and inviting. However, you've personalized your home to YOUR tastes, and everyone is different.
Even with common sense at hand, some sellers hesitate to stage their home because they think:
- It’s too much work
- It’s too expensive
- They really like their own decorating
Why should you stage your home before your list it?
Because it will help you sell it faster and for a better price. That's a proven fact!
- Staging allows you to highlight your home’s best features and downplay the not so good features.
FACT: You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression and your home is going to be scrutinized by potential buyers.
GOAL: You want potential buyers to be easily see themselves living in your home. That means moving your personal touches out and creating clean, open spaces that are decorated neutrally to help buyers visualize themselves and their furnishings in it.
It’s difficult for you to look at your home objectively and make the best choices for decluttering and rearranging, because you have an emotional attachment. That's where your real estate agent comes in.
Frequently, agents can arrange for professional stagers to come in to make the hard decisions about what pictures to remove, how to arrange the furniture and make suggestions for quick updates that will make your home shine.
Staging Gives You Headstart
When you move, you have to pack everything anyway, so why not start with the declutter process?
Rooms crowded with stuff look smaller, and give the impression that there isn’t enough storage. The last thing you want is for potential buyers to start focusing on negative features.
Also give special focus to the front entry way and the room visible from it, in addition to the main living area, the kitchen, the master bedroom and any bonus areas, like a deck or den.
Consider this list of inexpensive changes you can make to effectively stage your home:
- Make sure the living room is arranged for conversation as well as for viewing the television. Buyers need to envision sitting in the space and talking without having to move a chair. Accent the room’s best feature, such as adding a pretty plant near the fireplace hearth to draw the eye.
- Painting is an inexpensive fix. Choose neutral colors. Neutrals need to be warmer tones like tan or khaki and off-white.
- If your kitchen cabinets are dated, stained, etc. paint them. Replace scratched or nicked door pulls.
- The master bedroom need to appeal to both sexes, so remove bedding and accessories that are too gender-specific. Paint the walls a neutral color, but choose a nicer bedspread or comforter to give the room a focal point.
- Buyers love plenty of storage space. If they're interested in your home, they will look at more details like opening closet drawers. Unclutter all and organize your shelves to show off how much storage your home really has.
- Let the light in. When a showing is scheduled, open all the blinds and draperies. Turn on EVERY SINGLE LIGHT including lamps and overhead lights. Make all the rooms look as light and airy as possible.
- If you have children or pets, visually reduce their presence so the home appeals to buyers who don’t have them. Confine children’s toys to their rooms, pack most of them away and organize the rest attractively. Place pets’ food bowls and litter boxes out of sight. Be conscientious about pet odors, too. If you need to get rid of old carpet that has trapped smells, do it!
- Your staging has to include the outside, too. Curb appeal is essential -- you don’t want buyers to just drive-by. Trim shrubs and low hanging branches. Make sure the lawn looks good all the time. Take care of peeling paint and loose doorknobs. Replace a worn welcome mat with a new one. Powerwash the deck or patio and arrange the furniture into conversation areas, etc.
Before you start getting your home ready to sell, it's best to contact us to ensure you don;t waste time or money getting all ready.