Small details can go a long way when selling a home, which is why real estate experts have staging, or presenting a home for sale, down to a fine art. A well-staged house tends to sell faster and for a better price than one that looks run-down or cluttered. While there are many ways to get a house ready for sale, there are three main things to keep in mind.
It’s All About Curb Appeal
First impressions are key, especially for homes that are for sale by owner, so spend some time and money sprucing up your house’s exterior. This doesn’t need to be a major renovation. Mow the grass, pull weeds and trim trees for a crisp, tidy look. Small cosmetic repairs, such as replacing the house numbers or touching up the trim, can make an old house look new. Make sure to patch up any holes or cracks in the stucco or siding, and consider cleaning the exterior with a pressure washer for a fresh look. Keep hoses and other tools neatly stowed away.
Be sure to keep up with these fixes while the house is on the market. Pull weeds regularly and clean up any fallen leaves or branches as soon as possible. Consider hiring a landscaping crew to come in periodically if you have trouble maintaining it.
While you’re tidying up your landscaping, take a look at the back. It isn’t as important as the front yard, but many buyers value the outdoor space. Make sure your patio is clean and clutter-free, and fix any major landscaping issues that might distract buyers.
Keep It Neutral
Bold wall colors and avant garde artwork may be all the rage in design magazines, but they tend to scare buyers away. neutral shade Minimize the amount of artwork you hang, and try to keep it soothing and pleasant. Look for attractive landscapes or floral still lifes. Choose bright, natural colors to help keep your home light and airy.
Strive for an uncluttered, professional look. Stow away personal items and extra furniture, especially if the furniture is bulky or dark. Choose plain, light-colored towels, bath mats and shower curtains in the bathrooms. Make it easy for your buyers to picture themselves in your home.
Brighten Things Up
Although your house should be neutral, you don’t want it to look boring. Turn on all the lights before a showing so that your home looks cheerful and sunny. Make sure to clean every nook and cranny first, though, as dirt and dust can create a musty, unpleasant atmosphere. Consider replacing old carpet and area rugs, or at least give them a thorough steam cleaning.
Add tasteful splashes of color throughout the house. Try updating your cabinet knobs with colorful ceramics or metals with rich, warm finishes. Toss some bright accent pillows on your couch or chair, or fold up a nice throw blanket. Be careful with bold patterns and contrasting colors. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Play around with your furniture arrangement. Try to arrange it in ways that suggest the usage, such as grouping couches and chairs in small, conversational clusters. Make it easy for buyers to flow from room to room even during crowded open houses. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative.
Fresh flowers create a vibrant, welcoming look, so keep a bouquet on your favorite table. If your home is small, consider replacing some artwork with a decorative mirror or two to create the illusion of more space. Keep your curtains and shades open to let in as much natural light as possible, and during the summer consider opening windows to let in the fresh air.
Staging a house doesn’t have to be expensive. Creative design, attention to detail and a bit of elbow grease can make it easy for buyers to picture your house as their dream home.
By: Sia Hasan
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