COME AS YOU ARE: PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR VIEWING
Realtors are important but, when it comes to selling a house, much of the onus remains on your shoulders - this is especially true when it comes to staging. If you want to showcase your home in the best light, you’ll need to work hard to declutter, depersonalize, organize and clean thoroughly or risk turning away potential buyers.
As you’re setting up your home for viewers,
it can be tempting to show off a little flair with bright colors or explosive patterns but research actually suggests that neutral colors and simple tones are more effective for selling quickly. Neutrality allows the buyer to project their own vision and preferences onto the space. Try to prioritize shades of gray, white, cream, and taupe, painting these over any overly bold colors like red or yellow.
When selling a property, space is key and to create as much of it as possible you’ll need to declutter. Even if you’re not throwing out your possessions permanently, it’s important to get them out of the house for the time being. Any items that you can do without in the short term should be considered for storage/disposal - this includes seasonal wear, board games, heirlooms and even furniture that you feel doesn’t bring aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s even worth bringing in a professional service to help with this - just be sure to check testimonials and call in for a quote ahead of time.
Beyond a basic decluttering, it’s also important to hone in and give the property a thorough clean - this means wiping down surfaces and windows, making the beds, vacuuming, bleaching toilets and showers, and letting in air to oust any lingering dust. You should also aim to store away any cutlery, sauces, bottles etc. in the kitchen that you are not using, as well as kids’ toys, remote controls, coats and shoes to create the most minimalist appearance possible.
If you want to turn off buyers quickly, show them a crack in the wall. Basic repairs are essential for showcasing your home. Put some money aside to mend any broken fences, remove carpet indentations, retile your driveway and ensure that windows are absolutely spotless. It also helps if the house is 100% functional at the time of viewing - i.e. doors don’t jar, banisters don’t wobble and light switches work.
Speaking of light switches, there are few factors more important than lighting in shaping the attitudes of potential buyers, especially if there are viewings taking place in the later hours of the day. To maximize daylight in the house, try moving furniture away from windows and strategically placing mirrors to reflect this around the room. When it comes to ambient light, LED bulbs are often the smart option - these can be dimmed to match your preferences and help you to set the mood.
If your walls are looking a bit dismal, sometimes a new layer can bring rejuvenation. Peel-and-stick is a great option for those on a budget, it’s easy to apply, removable and repositionable. Grasscloth wallpaper adds an elegant touch, as well as a natural, tactile texture that brings any room to life without risking garishness.
When it comes to staging a home, balance is key. You want buyers to envision themselves living there but also avoid creating any preconceptions. If you have any doubts, focus on ensuring your property is functional, neutral and clean as a whistle.
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