When selling your home, you need to carefully prepare it for the market in order to get the highest possible selling price. Staging your home with some simple but effective methods will help you accomplish this. Home staging can also help your home stand out from the competition and prevent your home from sitting on the market for a long time.
Buyers want to see homes that are open, air, free of clutter, and not too bogged down with the current owner's style and personality. It may be a bit difficult to put away your treasured mementos, photos, and personal items, but it is one of the best things you can do to make your home appeal to more buyers. If you put yourself in the buyer's shoes for a moment, you will realize that it could be difficult for them to imagine living there when your home is still decorated with photos of your family. You want buyers to be able to walk in an immediately envision their own family enjoying the home, and they will be more likely to make that connection without your personal photos on the wall. In addition, religious items should be removed as these can sometimes distract buyers from the home itself. In the home staging field this process is known as depersonalizing and it is a crucial step in making your home appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Personal grooming items should also be put away because you want buyers to be looking at the spacious bathroom counter top without being distracted by your toothbrushes and hair dryer. This may seem overly nit-picky, but these little things really do add up in a buyer's mind.
In order to help give your home the open, airy feel that buyers desire, there are several things you can do. Remove any excess furniture to open up the floor plan and create a sense of more space. Put away unnecessary items that tend to accumulate on kitchen counters. Leave only the basics like your microwave and coffee maker, and add a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers. Keep in mind that buyers will often peek into closets and cabinets so make sure these are well organized so that they appear as spacious as possible.
It helps to remember that putting your home on the market is really the first step in the moving process. It makes sense to go through your home with a critical eye and start packing up items that are not essential on a daily basis. This will naturally declutter and create more space.
Keep window coverings opened up so that you can show off the natural light. Buyers love homes with great light.
Try to keep up with tidying every room in the house. Make the beds as neatly as you possibly can, put away toys, straighten pillows, and always make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless.
These simple home staging steps will put you ahead of the game when you're getting ready to sell your home.