Make buyers feel that your house offers everything they want in a home.
Home staging is all about preparation and presentation, with the goal of selling a house quickly and obtaining a higher market value. Eliminating dirt and clutter is key; the idea is to show off your home, not your furnishings, artwork or collectibles.
Below are some home staging tips to help prepare for selling your home by making it look its best.
1. Get rid of dirt and clutter
Kitchen and bathroom counters and refrigerator doors should be cleared off and clean. Carpets should be professionally cleaned and any unusual odors need to be addressed — your cat’s litter box may need to be temporarily moved to the garage or porch.
2. Let in the light
You should arrange furniture away from windows so potential home buyers can see the windows and out into the yard. Plus, you don't want to block any natural light. Area rugs and heavy draperies need to be removed and stored. Don’t be afraid to show off your hardwood floors or ceramic tile.
3. Less is more
Too much furniture can make a room look too small. Eliminate extra chairs or tables that are seldom used. A good rule to follow is there shouldn't be more than three items on any tabletop, and anything smaller than a football needs to be stored.
4. Don't forget curb appeal
Make sure the windows are clean and sparkly, shrubs are trimmed and flowerbeds weeded. Seasonal flowers at the front door are a plus. Replace old door hardware and either paint or buy a new front door if needed. Invest in a quality doormat for a welcoming entrance.
5. Clean out the closets before showing your house
A clean closet is more important than you might think when you have a home for sale. Store out-of-season clothing and remove the storage boxes so the closet will appear spacious. Make sure your closet hardware and lights are in proper working condition.
A final touch
Finish your staging with live plants, colorful fruit in bowls and fresh flowers. Finally, keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature and let the buyers enjoy being in your beautifully staged home.
Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on July 22, 2013.
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About this Experts Contributor: Peggy Dye is an associate broker with Keller Williams Town and Country Realty and is a licensed real estate broker in Tallahassee, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and has an HSA Home Staging Certification. She has been offering real estate and home staging services since 2006.
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