If you’ve ever wandered through open houses, or perused real estate listings online, you’ve probably noticed the difference between homes that look well-cared for and show like a model home versus homes that are cluttered, dark or unclean. It goes without saying that potential buyers will bypass the latter homes in favor of looking at homes that show beautifully.
But, how can you maximize your home’s potential when readying it for sale, you ask? Here are some general staging tips to help you get started. First, stand at your front door. How does the door look? Is it clean, and in good repair? Is your door hardware updated, and in good working order? First impressions matter to potential buyers.
Next, walk through each room in your home and look for any personal items that may distract a potential buyer from looking at the actual features of your home. For example, do you have sports team items or personal collections displayed in your rooms? Are there family photos displayed around the rooms in your home? While these items may be things you cherish, they are distracting to buyers and may cause difficulty for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.
Also, how do the floors look in each room in your home? Can a potential buyer see the flooring in each room, or do area rugs cover a large amount of your tile or hardwood? Area rugs can be an asset if the room is very large, and you’re trying to accent groupings of furniture, but these situations are rare. Alternatively, if you have carpet, is your carpet clean and in good condition? Does it smell clean and fresh? If it doesn’t, a potential buyer will often deduct what they’d otherwise be willing to spend on purchasing your home. At the absolute minimum, call a professional carpet cleaning service or tile and grout cleaning service to prep your floors for sale.
Is your home itself clean? Are the window treatments in working order and free of dust? If so, are they also opened to increase the natural light in your rooms? And, are the windows themselves sparkling clean? Finally, are all of the countertops in your bathroom and kitchen clear of clutter or personal items? Have you removed all personal hygiene items from your bathroom counters and showers? To show off the beautiful features of your home and the spaciousness of these important spaces, eliminating any and all non-essential items from these areas is an easy task to check off the list when staging your home for sale.
These general staging steps will absolutely maximize the chance that potential buyers will want to visit your home versus another home that hasn’t been staged. Of course, your home will have more specific needs in this regard, and I look forward to helping you to address these items in preparation for listing your home for sale.