5 Steps on How to Stage Your House
When you are getting ready to put your home on the market think about how to stage your house. You have a lot of things to think about before you can list your home. One of those things is how to stage your house so prospective buyers can envision themselves making it their home.
When you are getting ready to put your home on the market think about how to stage your house. You have a lot of things to think about before you can list your home. One of those things is how to stage your house so prospective buyers can envision themselves making it their home. The easiest way to do this is by taking some time to spruce up your home to its highest potential. We have found that the following tips tend to give our storage customers the best track record of selling their homes quickly.
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Here are some tips to help you stage your house
Declutter your home by using storage
We all buy things and over time they accumulate. Whether you have lived in your home for 20 years, or just a few, you probably accumulated things over the years. Depending on how long you lived in your house can determine how much decluttering you need.
The first step to decluttering is deciding what you should keep and what you shouldn’t. This can be tough because everything in your home was purchased for a reason.
That is why using a storage facility can be so important to get many of your keepsakes and other items out of the way until your house gets sold. The other perk of using a storage facility to store many of your items is you can take your time with moving a lot of items from your old home to your new one.
Stage Your House by De-personalizing
When selling your home, you have to think about what the general public will like and not what has made your home uniquely yours. You want prospective buyers to visualize this as their home and that can be hard to do with your aunt on the wall. The more minimal the better when it comes to helping a buyer connect with the space.
It will feel strange living in your home without the personal touches but will hopefully help it sell quickly. Some great places to start are the fridge full of photos and magnets from your travels. Having that space clear makes your kitchen look cleaner and cook-friendly. Any personal photos on the walls or on tabletops should also go as they can take away from the charm of the home. Once you have all your personal items all gathered up to take them to your storage unit, so you don’t have extra boxes laying around.
Strong, bold colors can be a great accent for your home but that was something that made it personal to you. Using neutral colors will help prospective buyers see a blank canvas that they can make their own. Yes, white can be boring so you can go with something different but keep it a neutral color.
Repairs and Maintenance
Before you list your house for sale it is smart to make some repairs and minor fixes so that you can get top dollar. Start with the obvious ones like the marks, nicks, and holes in the walls. Take a little spackle or caulk and clean them up a bit. If you have any paint chipping, give it a fresh coat of paint so it looks better (remember neutral colors).
Do you have any projects that you haven’t quite finished? Think about all the little things that you have said I should fix that, or I don’t like that wallpaper anymore. If you have noticed it then it is likely that someone else will too.
Something to remember is when you are showing your home almost nothing is off-limits. People will test your faucets, open and close doors, and drawers among other things. Fix or replace leaky faucets with new ones that can make a room look more up to date. Squeaky doors can be fixed quickly with a little W-D 40 on the hinges.
Cleaning your home makes it look fresh and helps buyers feel comfortable while touring your home. This isn’t just your normal weekly or monthly clean but a deep clean that targets the things you usually neglect. Clean your refrigerator (inside, outside, and even underneath), baseboards, windows, and blinds. Also, think about places people touch a lot like light switches and doorknobs. These locations often collect caked-on dirt over time and can be brought back to new with a good clean. If you still have yellow light switches and outlets you may want to replace them to show that cleaner look. This is a good time to evaluate any other areas that need to be repaired.
Sellers are often so caught up making the inside look good that they overlook the exterior of their home. The outside of your home is the first impression for a potential buyer and can make a huge difference in how they feel before they walk in. Think about how to make them feel at home when they come in.
Most homeowners often enter and exit their homes through a door in their garage. However, when showing your house buyers often enter through the front door. As the seller, you need to be aware of what potential buyers will see. Having a mowed lawn and landscaped garden with mulched beds will go a long way to helping it stand out against the other homes they will look at.
Toys and excess yard furniture can make your yard look cluttered and less spacious. Many homebuyers are looking for a good-sized yard and too much furniture can make it look small. Take the things you don’t need to a storage unit, so it makes it look more spacious. By putting it in a storage unit instead of your garage you keep it free of clutter, so your garage feels large to potential buyers.