If you have decided to sell your home, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed at the amount of competition out there. Depending on exactly where you live, you could be competing with several or even a dozen other properties within a mile radius. With everyone else as keen to make a sale and get top dollar for their home, you are almost certainly thinking about ways to make your home stand out from the rest. One of the best ways to do this is through home staging.
What is Home Staging?
Home staging is a common real estate practice in which either the homeowner or hired professionals, make minor changes to the interior of the property with the intention of maximizing its appeal to potential buyers. To do this, they will arrange furniture, change lighting and add small touches such as fresh flowers that will enable buyers to visualize themselves living in your home – something which builds an emotional connection that makes them more likely to put in an offer.
Many people mistakenly believe that home staging is an unnecessary waste of time and expense. However, staging your home properly has shown to be an extremely effective marketing tool and a way to help ensure that you get the maximum amount possible from your property sale.
Here are our top tips for staging your home to sell.
Your potential buyers need to be able to see themselves making your home their own, but this is very difficult to do if they are surrounded by images clearly showing that the property belongs to someone else. By removing photographs, memorabilia, calendars and things like kids’ artwork from your refrigerator, you can create an appearance more like a generic show-home and less like the much-loved house full of special memories that it is.
Maximize your space
Space is something that every potential buyer is vying for, and the more your property has, the more appealing it will be. Even if you don’t have the largest amount of physical room, you can create the illusion of space with a few, careful staging tricks. Many professional stagers recommend that you remove around 50% of the furniture from each room unless of course, you are already a fan of minimalist living. Remove any clutter and put any rugs into storage as they can make floor space look smaller.
Let in the light
Light helps to create the illusion of space, so the lighter your property looks, the more appealing it will be. After all, nobody likes living in dark, dull and dingy rooms. Make sure your walls are painted light, fresh colors and that you have minimal window dressings to let the maximum amount of natural light in. Get your windows clean so they sparkle too. Utilize mirrors to help reflect light around the room and leave lights on when you are showing prospective buyers around.
Pay attention to the small things
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is thinking that buyers will only pay attention to the bigger picture. In fact, it can be problems with the little things that can put someone off of making an offer. Broken tiles and handles, lights that don’t work, any unfinished DIY can make it seem as though you haven’t been taking proper care of the property. Tie up any loose ends and cast a critical eye over everything before you arrange for marketing photos to be taken.
Don’t hide things behind closed doors
Over the years we all accumulate a lot of stuff. When it comes to selling your home, it can be tempting to shove everything in cupboards and closets to try and maximize the visual space. However, don’t be surprised if your prospective buyers want to look inside any fixed storage space to see how much room there is for their own worldly goods. This includes kitchen cupboards, built-in wardrobes, cleaning closets and more.
Hire a professional staging company
If there is too much to think about or you don’t have the time or inclination to stage your home yourself, there are plenty of professionals who you can hire to do it on your behalf. They understand exactly what makes a home sellable and will be able to work with what you have and maximize your appeal to prospective buyers.
Contact Pacific Real Estate Group in Rancho Cucamonga, CA for more information (858) 405-2184