Staging Your Home To Sell
The way you LIVE in a home and the way you SELL a home are two different things.
Before we discuss staging room-by-room, let’s go over sensory selling tools that can have an enormous impact:
LIGHT – People react more favorably to homes that are bright. Make sure windows are clean, use adequate waBage in lightbulbs, and use light wall colors.
COLOR – A fundamental rule when selling a house is to keep colors neutral and light. Shades of white, beiges and light grays are the safest choices for the interior. Avoid highly paBerned wallpaper whenever possible. Try to limit bright colors to accents like fresh flowers, towels, area rugs, and shower curtains.
SOUND – The sounds of peace and tranquility are the most inviGng to prospecGve buyers. Either leave your home quiet or play soI instrumental music lightly in the background. If you have a barking dog, be sure to remove it from the home before showings.
SMELL – The smell of a home has more impact than you might expect. Be sure to air out your home and keep it clean for showings. The smell of fresh paint is also an aBracGve smell for buyers. Scented plug-ins can help with odors as well as a small dish of vanilla in a warm oven. Be sure to avoid having any pet odors, tobacco, and/or strong cooking smells.
Staging the Interior
Living Room/Family Room
- Keep these areas sparsely decorated.
- You want to create space for buyers to mentally “move-in” to the room by reducing clutter.
- Clear off all coffee and end tables and limit to just 1-3 nice accessories.
- Open all blinds to get as much light in as possible.
- Clear off the dining room table except for one pretty centerpiece and preferably no tablecloth.
- Remove extra leaves from the table and any extra chairs that are crowding the table or being stored in the corners. The key is to make the room look as large as possible with plenty of space to gather.
Staging the Exterior
Trim and House Paint
- Give special attention to the front door and trim, as this is the first area that buyers will have the opportunity to make a close inspection of your home. Repainting the trim and door is one of the least expensive things you can do and it really makes the house look attractive.
Decks, Porches, and Patios
- Sweep all decks, walks, porches, and patios and make sure moss and algae are removed.
- Decks should be pressure washed and painted/stained, if needed.
- Reduce clutter on decks, porches, and patios so they look bigger. Get rid of old flower pots, BBQ grills, planters, toys, and excess furniture.
- Cut back all shrubs to window height if they are blocking light or views.
- Remove all children’s toys.
- Make sure that grass is trimmed, flower beds are free of weeds, and there is a fresh layer of mulch.
- Plant a few colorful flowers to brighten the landscape.
- Remove any “extra” items from the yard (sandboxes, kiddie pools, etc.).
- All children’s toys should go in one area of the backyard and be neatly organized.