When selling a home, setting the stage for potential buyers is one of the most important things you can do. It can also be tricky if you do not know how to properly prepare a home for staging. When preparing for an open house, make sure to keep these tips in mind to give your home the maximum appeal for buyers.
Clean Like You’ve Never Cleaned Before
By far the thing most home buyers notice when viewing a staging is how clean the home is. People relate a clean home to a well-maintained home, so you want to ensure you have given your home a thorough cleaning. Pay attention to areas you may overlook during your regular cleaning sessions, such as windows, light fixtures, door frames, and window blinds. Leave no area untouched. The extra effort will pay off, and will make touch-ups easier for repeat viewings.
Depersonalize the Home
Buyers want to see a furnished home, so they can have a better idea of layout and space. What they do not want to see is a home filled with other people’s mementos.
Staging a house is all about creating an environment where the buyer can envision themselves in the home. This can be difficult to pull off when the home is filled with family photos and personal keepsakes.
We all have a tendency to fill our homes with items we have collected over the years. Furniture, books, electronics, and artwork are things that make our homes unique. But when you are trying to showcase the space in your home, these items can be distracting.
I recommend packing up as much of these excess items as possible before a staging. A home that is overcrowded can make the space look smaller, and turn off potential buyers. Remember, you’re trying to sell buyers on the house, not your belongings.
Let There be Light
Lighting plays an important role in staging a home. Aside from being able to get a better look at the space, a well-lit home conveys a sense of warmth and happiness.
Before a staging, make sure to open all of the blinds, so natural light can shine in. Don’t be afraid to move your interior lighting around, to provide ample lighting in darker areas.
With these tips in mind, your next staging is sure to show off the beauty and comfort of your home.