Many homeowners see the selling of their home as an important chapter in their lives; one that will open the door to an exciting new adventure filled with memories-to-come.
In the midst of preparing for the new journey, you should not forget about leaving your current home in perfect condition – this means highlighting its features during a showing.
Preparation is key if you want to catch the right market and make your home stand out from the crowd, especially if you are pressed for time!
Here are a few ways that you can get the most out of your staging:
Depersonalise and remove clutter
When buyers view a property, they want to envision themselves in your home, living there and making it their own.
If possible, it would be best to simplify spaces and remove things like the TV remote, laundry, pet toys, schoolwork and to-do lists on the fridge. You might also want to get rid of personal photos during a staging.
As a seller, you are in the process of moving, so a good idea would be to pack all of these things in boxes so long. This way you will also get rid of unnecessary clutter, making the home look more inviting and neater.
Highlight the idea that the home is move-in ready
When it comes to painting, the neutral palette is always your best bet because it will appeal to a large number of potential homeowners. The same rings true for the other aspects of the house like the furniture and window coverings.
It is not necessary to employ a professional interior designer before selling. A few simple DIY projects can make a big difference and there is a wealth of information available online.
The home should look as though it is ready for the buyer to move in.
Cater to the senses
Sellers should consider the first impression a buyer will get when they walk into a home: what will they smell, hear and see?
Emotional triggers can often lead to positive responses, like freshly baked cookies could leave a nostalgic smell in the air. A dirty, smelly home is never appealing and it would be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service to make the home look great.
Homeowners with pets should consider keeping their fur-babies to one corner of the house during the showing. You don’t want a hyperactive dog intimidating or disturbing the viewing.
Update and simplify
Replacing dated elements in the home with contemporary designs will give it a fresh and modern look. Opt for simpler tastes rather than items with harsh patterns or edgy colours.
It is better to have an empty wall or space than styles that clash with each other. Neutral tones always look great because they complement each other and they give a sleek impression of the overall look of the house.
This comprehensive checklist should help you in ensuring that your home is ready for staging on the big day.
Ensure that the lawn is cut, weeds are pulled and dead bushes are removed. Garden tools and pet toys should be put away. The house and the patio/deck have been cleaned and large cracks in the driveway have been repaired. Add candles to the patio area for ambiance.
The home should be clean and decluttered, including personal items or photos. Dated elements have been removed or modified and fresh flowers are added to add life to the home. Appliances in the kitchen should not clutter countertops. All aspects of the home should be in working order.
These few tips will definitely ensure that your home is ready for staging on the big day!