Staging a home can be an important aspect of selling your home. The idea is to create a good flow so the home feels lived in but clean, without feeling like someone else’s place. Home staging means giving attention to all areas and not having unnecessary clutter while preparing it for sale. Each home has its own flow, so take that into account before staging.
Make the First Impression Last
The very first thing potential buyers see when they drive up to your home is the curb appeal. Is the landscaping in order? Does the outer walls of the house need repainting? Is the grass neatly cut and hedges properly manicured? What about the doorknobs? Have they been polished recently? A few simple steps can go a long way towards a great first impression.
Get Rid of Unwanted Belongings
You may admire the drawings your children made years ago in grade school, but others might not share your enthusiasm for their work. In fact, personal belongings may make it harder for potential buyers to see the place as 'theirs'. The same applies to having an unending supply of toys invading every corner of the house. You don’t need to get rid of your possessions, just box them up and throw them in the garage if they won't take up too much room or lease a storage locker. An uncluttered house appears more spacious, and allows the buyer to visualize their belongings in the house.
Clean Everything and Everywhere
After you’ve gotten rid of all the needless items give the whole house a decent cleaning. If you don’t feel you have the time or desire, it can be well worth it to hire a cleaning service. Make sure the carpets are cleaned, and without stains. Pay extra attention to the kitchen and bathroom, these can either make or break the deal.
Use Warm Neutral Colors
When potential buyers enter a home you want them to envision themselves in that home. Family photos and other personal touches discourage such thinking. Put some art on the walls, a decorative vase or two on tables and leave it at that. The same goes with the color of your walls. Some people like to use two or more colors per room, while others prefer to use colors to suit their persona like pink and blue. That is fine in your case while living in the home; however that can be very distracting to a prospective buyer. It's recommended that you repaint your home using warm earth tones or neutral colors.
Make the Home Family Friendly
Choose a focal point for each room and rearrange your furniture so that it enhances that area. Rearranging the sofa and chairs to face a fireplace makes a lot of sense as fireplaces are natural focal points in any home. Families that can see three bedrooms may be more apt to purchase your home, so if you have a bedroom that you once used as an office, change it back for the sole purpose of selling.
Focus Properly on the Interior Fixtures
Update your light fixtures with functional, neutral fixtures. You may really love that chandelier you found with all the gold flake and crystals, but it may turn off a potential buyer. The correct window treatments can also lend a hand in selling your home faster. Decorative side panel drapes with sheers can work well across large windows. The same can be said for high quality blinds. If you have hardwood floors that need retouching you might want to sand and refine them. Old carpets should also be replaced with newer ones—something neutral—or at least deep cleaned. Make sure the tile, laminate or linoleum in the bathrooms and kitchens are clean and in good condition. Any scratches or chips in linoleum and laminate should be replaced.