You do not have to spend a ton of money hiring someone when you’re staging your home for sale. There are some simple techniques that work exceptionally well for everyone. The process is simple, but in application it gets frustrating and time consuming. We will try and simplify staging your home for sale in a few easy to follow steps so pricing your home will be easy.
Staging Your Home for Sale
The first thing you want to do is to remove all clutter! I know the home looks great to you and everyone is comfortable there. However, you need to make the home look as big as possible with plenty of room for potential buyers to see. Think of a model home at a new homebuilder. I don’t mean think of it in terms of the amount of money spent on the furniture, rather what is in each room.
The living rooms would never have excessive end tables, footstools, hutches, and too much furniture. They have a clean setup with the essentials. A couch or two and an armchair or two is all you’ll find. You’ll also want to take the home out of the house. The buyers want to envision themselves living there and that’s hard to do with a shrine of family and puppy pictures. They are going to have to come down and be moved anyway, so why not just knock it out as pain full as it might be? It will make showing the home easier so keep this in mind when staging your home for sale.
The Kitchen & Pantry
The kitchen is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the most important features of the home. Removing everything from the countertops is a must. They want to see what they are buying and that alone. You may have an impressive kitchen gadget collection of toasters, pasta makers, juicers, blenders, and mixers but its time to put them away and let the buyers see how much counter space they are getting. The more of the countertops and backsplash they can see the better. A couple accent pieces are always recommended but less is more.
The pantry should be neat and organized. Again, you will be moving soon so it’s a great time to get rid of everything you don’t need in the pantry. Having it organized will save space and show buyers how nice it can be set up.
This is another area on the top of the list! You will want to remove pretty much everything except the bedroom set and television if applicable. All the extra clothes, shoes, ironing boards, and pictures should be put away. A nicely made bed with pillows, and a bureau or two is all you need. The closets should only be half full. Please do not pack everything into your closet. One of the biggest complaints we get about homes is the lack of closet space. You need to spend some time and clean out the closets. Goodwill is available if you would like to donate some clothes. Buy and large you should have only the essentials hanging. There should be at least half of each rack available for more clothes. This will give the prospective of having plenty of room which is what everyone wants. If its packed for you the buyers will think there is no room left and its too small.
If you would like more tips on staging your home for saleor a market analysis on your home, please contact the Ewen Real Estate Team today.