8 home staging tips to get your house ready to sell
As we continue to pull out of the housing market slump, it is important to know how best to showcase your home in order to make it the home shoppers will want to buy. Here are a few tips which, when implemented, will give you the competitive edge when you are trying to sell your home.
1. Start outside. Take a good look at your home’s curb appeal. Look through the eyes of a buyer. Does the flower bed need weeding? Do the hedges need trimming? Do you have rotten wood? Is the paint peeling? All of these are items that must be addressed. If buyers don’t like what they see outside, they will never make it inside.
2. Assess the paint colors of your house. Keep in mind there is nothing that will give your home a bigger bang for the buck than a fresh coat of paint. Make sure your body and trim colors work well with existing brick, stone, mortar and roof. Perhaps all you need is to paint the shutters and front door to give your home a lift that will set it apart. If you still have white trim and black accents, it is probably time to go with softer, more muted colors with less contrast.
If you are unsure what to do colorwise, it might be time to call in a professional color consultant.
3. Give your house a wash. At the very least, if you can’t go all out to have the house repainted, have your home pressure washed to remove mold and mildew.
4. Clean ‘til your fingers fall off. Moving to the inside, it’s still important to present a fresh-looking house. In addition to ridding your home of the obvious odors and carpet stains, wash baseboards, vacuum behind furniture and under the bed, scour ceiling fans and polish doorknobs. A clean home suggests a well-cared for home.
5. Clobber the clutter. Clean countertops and clear the floors. Go room by room removing personal items – trophies, wedding photos, college banners, etc. and, while you are at it, rent a storage space for your Elvis collectibles. Also, beware of shoving and jamming things into cabinets and closets. Declutter every nook and cranny. Buyers will take a peek.
6. Pay attention to details. Patch any holes in the walls, fix leaky faucets, replace burned out light bulbs, buy fresh towels and put all the toilet lids down, alphabetize your spice jars and line up all the shoes in your closet. That may sound extreme, but organization sells.
7. Camouflage with paint. Fresh paint not only helps a house look better, but also helps with odors. Stick with neutral colors, but add colorful accents with accessories for interest. Even though you love the violet hue of your master bedroom, chances are the potential buyers will remember your home as “the one with the awful purple master.” Why push your luck?
8. Take great pictures. While good curb appeal is crucial, it is not actually the buyers’ first impression of your home. Guess what is? Pictures on the internet! Everyone these days is shopping online first to see what homes they are interested in for preview. If you don’t have sharp pictures on your listing to reel them in, buyers will never even drive by for a firsthand peek. Make sure your online photos are stellar.