New Home Staging Tips That Will Sell Your House
You Can Do It Yourself
Home stagers know what buyers want when they walk into your house. By staging your house, you can get attract more buyers, get a better price for your home, sell it quicker and sell it with less hassle. Staging your property gives you a marketing edge. The essentials of staging can be do-it-yourself projects. There are four steps to get your property ready for sale. Here is an outline for your project list. 1. Clean, 2. De-clutter, 3. Repair and Replace 4. Showcase the best features.
Home staging is a fact of the real estate marketplace. Buyers do lots of comparison shopping and expect a well-presented home. Your home is competing with other well-staged houses for sale. The first step to a successful sale is to stop thinking of the house as your home. It is a property on the market, soon to be the home of someone else. Say goodbye to nostalgia, memories, and sentimentality. You want the buyer to fall in love with the house, which means that they can see themselves living happily and comfortably in your property. Part of staging is to suggest the lifestyle that comes with the house. Your planning is important. Buyers take less than ten minutes to tour your house, and in that time they will make the decision to buy or not to buy. Some real estate agents say they can predict who will buy the house when they enter the front door. Stage your house even before you list it, so that the real estate agent knows how salable it will be.
Home Staging a House is Different From Decorating
Home staging is not decorating. You decorate a house to live there. You stage a house to sell it. Decorating is an expression of your personal style and taste. Staging creates an environment that appeal to the typical buyer, in a public style. It is an essential expense, rather than optional, discretionary decorating. .Staging removes your personal style from the equation and turns your house into a welcoming, appealing and attractive product for sale. The expense of staging a home is usually much less than $10,000, every dollar spent on staging will return to you threefold at closing.
Why Should I Try Home Staging to Sell My House
The average homebuyer is 32 years old, but the average home seller is 57 years old. The perfect buyers for your house are likely to be younger than you. To their eyes, your classic, timeless furniture looks dated and fusty. You need to update, so that your home doesn’t look tired and rundown. Home Stagers call it being “on-trend” with an up-to-date, stylish look.
The purpose of staging is to make your house memorable for its positive qualities, not its negative ones. Unusual exterior paint colors, faded paint, an avid collection of modern art will spoil the impression your house makes. The buyer will not overlook the negatives the way you do. Styles have changed since you hung those ruffled curtains and bought the over-sized recliner chair. The buyers in their hearts want what all their friends have, only a little bit better. Staging brings your house closer to that ideal. The buyer will notice, first and foremost, the updated and stylish floors and carpets. Next the buyer sees freshly painted walls. Probably next, the buyer pays attention to organized, adequate storage space.
Step 1 to Home Stage and Sell Your House - Cleaning
Approach cleaning first. Give each room, kitchen, bathroom, attic, basement and garage for the white-glove test. When the buyers notice that a home is spotless, they conclude that the home is also well-maintained. Plan on having pets and pet boxes out of the house when the buyer comes shopping. Clean the windows until they sparkle. Crack open several windows for a fresh natural fragrance, even though the furnace or air conditioner is running. Cleaning even applies to scrubbing the hot water heater, sidewalks, the garage floor and the shingle roof, too.
Step 2 to Home Stage and Sell Your House - De-Clutter
The buyer does not appreciate your souvenirs, family portraits and hobbies, charming as they are, because the buyer has a different lifestyle. Your personal items only make the buyers uncomfortable in your house. All small items that are not necessary for your day-to-day life must be stored away. All clutter goes out the door, to be trashed, recycled, donated or stored off-site.
Most rooms have too much furniture. Now is the time to remove raggedy chairs and rundown pieces. Most rooms also have too many pictures on the walls. Gun cases, hunting trophies, political items, rock and roll posters, black lights, religious statues and ethnic pieces will disturb the buyers. Unusual, eccentric and eclectic art should be stored away. Buy a few small pictures with neutral subjects, the kind of thing you’d find in a hotel room. This is not the time to show off your sophisticated taste.
In the bathroom, put all clothing and personal items out of sight. Home stagers recommend that you remove the bath mat and the toilet seat cover. Take down those hanging shelves in the shower. Instead, display a matching set of luxurious white towels.
Step 3 to Home Stage and Sell Your House - Repair
You can make necessary repairs now or you can wait until the home inspector brings the problem to the buyer’s attention. A contractor or handyperson can make your bathroom tile look brand new. Creaky sub-flooring should be nailed down. All lights must work. The inspector always checks water valves and all appliances. The inspector will notice gutters that don’t drain, standing water, pest infestation, drywall damaged by a leaky roof, a wet basement or crawl space, and broken tiles. In fact, you could even arrange for a home inspection before you list the house for sale, and use the inspector’s report as a checklist of repairs to make.
While you are at it, consider the environmental quality of your home. Asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, radon and carbon monoxide are all possible contaminants. Your home inspector will check for all these conditions. Aluminum wiring can be upgraded for your own safety. An electric fuse box can be replaced with a breaker system. If your plumbing pipes are noisy because of air in the system, you can solve the problem yourself. Simply shut the main water valve, open all the water valves in the house until the water drains out, and then turn on the main valve again. If your water heater leaks, replace it. Check that all furnace filters are clean, and that the smoke detectors work. All appliances should be in working order and free of stains and rust. Part of your staging budget can be used to replace appliances and update the kitchen.
Repair all flooring and replace all carpet. Some sellers offer the buyer a carpet allowance, but if the buyers can see new attractive carpet in place, they will like the house even more.
Step 4 to Home Stage and Sell Your House - Replace and Upgrade
Fresh wall paint in every room is an absolute must. Choose a neutral color that you see in new homes in your area. Although dark colors are popular among decorators, home stagers choose on-trend beige, soft gold or cream. Home stagers like to brag that their choice of wall color quickly found a buyer for an unsold house. In most cases stark white walls are a drawback to sales. The wallpaper you put up is probably out of style by now, and it certainly isn’t what the buyer would choose. You look at the wallpaper and see style, but the buyer looks at the wallpaper and sees work. You should remove all the wallpaper and repaint the walls.
Upgrade your kitchen to match what the buyer sees at other homes in the neighborhood. New appliances and an updated kitchen are a great selling point. Your goal is to make the house look like a builder’s model, as far as your budget allows. In the kitchen, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances give the buyer something special to brag about.
Step 5 to Home Stage and Sell Your House - Showcase
- Home stagers know that colors evoke emotion and leave a lasting impression. When you choose the color for large areas, like walls, ceiling and floors, stay with the neutrals. Then use a small jolt of red as an accent color to create a feeling of welcome. A pair of small red pillows, a red front door, a red lampshade, or artwork with a splash of red can add the punch of color in your neutral room.
- Have you ever looked into a department store before they turn on all the lights? In the shadows, the merchandise doesn’t have much sales appeal. It’s the same in your house. Bright lights and lots of daylight enhance the attractiveness of your rooms. It’s almost impossible to have too much light. Draw your blinds up and take down most curtains and window treatments to let in more daylight. Heavy drapery is out of fashion right now, too. The only reason to cover a window is if there’s a junkyard next door.
- Arrange your furniture to draw attention to the focal point of the room, like a fireplace or a large window, or the wall opposite the door. You can accent the fireplace with a matching pair of side chairs. The picture or mirror above the fireplace should be hung horizontally.
Remove or conceal your electronics, with all the cords and connectors. The only exception is the big-screen HD Television, which helps define the function and activities of the room.
- When the buyers first enter the room, do they see the back of the sofa? Place the sofa against the wall, or at a slight angle from the wall, so that the buyer can see what the room has to offer. Don’t let furniture block the traffic flow as the buyer crosses the room to the focal point.
- Open all the interior doors, to draw the buyer forward to the next room. In every room, have some furniture so the buyer will know the purpose and scale of the room.
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