Staging a home for sale is critical in order to get the best price possible for your home. You want to make a great impression when buyers first walk through your home. If your home is appealing to the buyer, the minute they walk in, they will want to see more. As a result it will be easier to negotiate a selling price that is close to what you want. Follow these five simple steps to staging a home and you will be handing the keys over to the new owner before you know it.
1. Rent a Storage Unit
Your home will look better with less furniture. Take out any furniture that blocks paths and put them in storage. Take extra leaves out of your dining room table to make the room seem larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to show the room’s purpose with lots of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “I wonder what they use this room for?”
2. Cut any Ties You Have With Your Home
• Face the fact that soon this “house” will no longer be yours
• Tell yourself, “This is no longer my home; it is just another house. It must be sold, so I am going to do everything possible to get it ready for sale”.
• Say your goodbyes to every room and get started
• Close your eyes and imagine the future– don’t look back
• Picture yourself handing the keys and appliance warranties over to the new owners
3. Get Rid of It
Face it; we all collect an amazing amount of junk. Remember the rule “If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.”
• Donate it or recycle it
• Empty your bookcases and store them
• Pack knickknacks and put them in storage
• Take everything off all countertops (kitchen & bath)
• Put anything you use daily in a bin that can be stored out of site
• Think of it as the packing you will eventually have to do anyway
4. Get Rid of Anything Personal
Your personal things will only sidetrack buyers. Pack away all personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want them to see their own pictures on the walls. They can’t do that if your pictures are there! You don’t want the buyer asking “I wonder who the people are in this home?” You want them to imagine, “I can see myself living here.”
5. Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards and Bedroom Closets
I can assure you “Buyers love to snoop”. They will open every closet and cabinet door. If items fall out, what is the buyer going to think? Imagine what a buyer thinks about if they see everything is organized. They are going to feel that you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means you need to:
• Organize spice jars
• Dishes should be neatly stacked
• Your coffee cup handles should even face the same way
• Group your clothing
• Make sure they are buttoned, color sorted and hangers face the same direction.
• Shoes should be lined up
• Replace that worn bedspread now!
It may seem that staging home for sale is a lot of picky work for the seller. There will be many days when you wonder if it is all worth it. Trust me; it will pay off in the long run if you follow these five simple steps.