You can’t be blamed for wondering why you should stage your home for selling. If you’ve kept it well maintained if the décor is up-to-date and there’s nothing really wrong with it inside or out, why would you need to do anything more?
Staging your home before you put it up for sale isn’t just about changing anything in your house. It’s about preparing your home in a way that makes it more appealing to buyers.
6 Ways to Stage Your Home for Selling
One study found that 77% of buyer’s agents felt that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to picture themselves in it. 21% of selling agents reported that staging a home increased selling prices by 6% to 10%, and 39% said they felt staged homes sold faster.
So staging makes sense. And here’s how to make the most of it
Choose the Rooms to Stage
Buyers consider some rooms more important than others. Living rooms are important because they are usually among the first rooms a buyer sees. Kitchens are important too because many buyers are very particular about their kitchens. Primary bedrooms are also key because they will likely be the buyer’s room.
Declutter & Depersonalize
This one is usually misunderstood. While you must keep your home clear of regular clutter, like too much stuff on tables and furniture, you need to declutter on another level too. In a nutshell, keep the contents of every room to a minimum. The added space makes your home look bigger and lets your buyer visualize how they might decorate the room.
Also replace personal items, like family pictures and your children’s artwork, with generic pictures and art.
In the living room, remove as many unnecessary tables, chairs, wall hangings and mementoes as possible. In the bedroom, keep the contents of closets to a minimum and keep the surfaces of chests of drawers, armoires and dressing tables free of items.
If you’re going to add anything to your decor, consider a few attractive, well-placed plants of different sizes.
You may want to hire a professional cleaner who offers one-time cleaning services for this one. Your home should look as close to new as possible. It means getting down to the baseboards and behind the couch, and getting up to ceiling lights and the kitchen cupboards. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before.
Patch, Repair & Paint
After years of use, and removing some of your pictures, your walls may have a few holes and cracks. Fill and sand them as best you can. Check hardwood floors for nicks and scratches that may be repairable. Oil squeaky hinges and look for any repairs you can make, like doors that stick.
Follow it up with a fresh coat of paint throughout the house. Use neutral colours that won’t distract buyers from envisioning themselves in the home. This is another job where it makes sense to hire a professional.
Light it Up
Open the curtains and shutters during the day. In the evenings, make sure every room is well lit. Try some attractive options like indirect lighting. The brighter a room, day or night, the larger and more attractive it looks.
Remember Curb Appeal
Many buyers can form a lasting opinion of your home within minutes of seeing it from the outside. So, even in winter, it’s important to make sure the exterior of your home is as presentable as possible. Keep lawns trimmed and free of leaves and clippings in summer. In winter, keep driveways and walkways clear of snow and ice.
Pay as much attention as you can to your front door. Every potential buyer is likely to see it up close.
Invidiata has helped sellers get the best price for their homes in Oakville and surrounding areas for over 35 years. We have a robust team of real estate professionals, who are all proud of the white-glove service that we deliver to every one of our clients.For more home selling ideas, check out our article 4 Tips For Selling Your Home.