Home staging adds immense value to the selling process and decreases the amount of time your home spends on the market. Here are a few tips that can help you get your home in shape for showings.
- Focus your efforts – Not all rooms are considered equal when it comes to staging. Research shows that the kitchen, master bedroom, and living room have the biggest influence on buyers’ Spend more time preparing these rooms and less time on less important areas, such as guest bedrooms, children’s bedrooms, etc.
- De-Personalize – It is important for prospective buyers to be able to visualize themselves within the home. Removing personal items, keeping clothes out of sight, and clearing surfaces allows the buyer to see the home as a blank canvas.
- Rearrange the furniture – An easy and inexpensive way to add value to your home is to arrange each room with as much space as possible. In addition to creating more room for exploring the home, the open areas will also give the viewer the opportunity to imagine their own furniture there. Remove pieces that are oversized, damaged, or don’t match the rest of the room, and organize what is left to create space.
- Turn up the brightness – Well-lit rooms are inviting and hopeful. For showings, turn on all lights, lamps, closet lights, etc. Additionally, open the blinds on as many windows as possible, which will also make rooms appear bigger.
- Neutral colors – Bright walls can be a major turn-off for potential buyers. Similar to the personal items mentioned earlier, bright, expressive colors will distract from a room’s assets, and make it difficult for buyers to see themselves within the home. Choose neutrals like grey, off-white, even beige, to increase interest in your home.