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10 Must-Know Tips From A Home Staging Expert:
Realtor - Realty Executives Integrity (Cedarburg, Wisconsin)
Principal at Show & Sell Home Staging
When selling a home, one of the most important factors for buyers is if they can picture themselves living there. Research shows that out of 4,200 staged homes, 85% of them sold for 6-25% more than un-staged homes in the same market. To ensure that the home you’re showing lives up to its full potential, staging is essential.
Keeping these 10 simple tips in mind as you stage a home will increase the selling price and make it easier for your buyers to want to live there.
1. Create Curb Appeal
The cliché, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” is especially relevant when it comes to staging homes. Make sure your home is ready to impress buyers from the front yard to the front door.
2. Welcome Visitors With And Inviting Porch
Place a clean “Welcome Home” doormat, place potted plants (seasonal) and, on a larger porch, place outdoor furniture. Line walkways with solar lights to appeal during evening showings.
3. Make Your House Sparkling Clean
Wash windows, clean counters and clean grout. Every surface needs to sparkle! Give all floors a thorough cleaning and steam carpets. Consider having wood floors refinished if they’re in bad shape.
4. Clear the Clutter
All clutter must go. You may want to rent a temporary storage unit. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, and empty cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers.
5. Style Your Dining Room Table
Place a simple vessel placed on top of a table runner or line up a series of smaller vessels down the center of the table.
6. Rearrange Your Furniture
Without bringing in anything new to stage the home, this is a go-to simple fix. Move the furniture away from the walls and arrange it symmetrically to create an inviting conversation area.
7. Choose Neutral Colors
Refresh the home with paint. Gray and beige are rich mid-toned neutrals that create a sophisticated backdrop. “Mindful Gray” and “Kilim Beige” are my favorite go-to neutral tones. Adding color back into the home with accent pillows, art and accessories makes it easier for buyers to imagine their favorite colors inside their new home.
8. Appeal To Everyone
Create a gender-neutral master bedroom, tidy up the kids’ room and, if needed, rent furnishings to fully complete any single purpose rooms. Every room in the home should be finished and appealing.
9. Watch Out For Pet Odors
Have all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Keep pet cages, toys and dishes hidden for showing.
10. Stage From The Inside Out
Remember to stage the outdoor area as well! If it’s a condo, stage the balcony with a cute café table and chairs, a table with a tray of dishes or a planter with flowers. This will influence buyers to enjoys the outdoors at their new home.
Staging a home can be very affordable and, if done well, can provide immense value to realtor and buyer alike. By using these 10 staging tips your buyers are more likely to fall in love with your property and say yes to the home! Happy staging!
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