Home Staging: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
In today's competitive housing market, your home's
appearance plays an important role in determining how quickly it will sell.
Before you put your home on the market, many real estate professionals
recommend doing at least some form of home staging.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to
stage your home for selling that take only a little time and effort, and more
importantly, won't break the bank.
Be sure to make a good first impression
When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are
important. A yard that is overgrown and poorly maintained can turn off a
potential buyer before he or she even walks through your front door.
But keep in mind that you don't have to have a green thumb
or hire an expensive landscape designer to make a difference. You can make the
outside of your home more welcoming by:
- Cutting grassy areas that are overgrown
- Trimming trees and shrubbery--especially those that are
near or next to the house
- Clearing walkways and paths so visitors can easily
enter/exit your home
- Giving your front door a fresh coat of paint
- Making sure outdoor lighting is adequate/updated
Create a welcoming environment
When potential buyers first walk through your front door,
you'll want them to feel comfortable and at ease. You can create a welcoming
environment with a few minor touches such as fresh flowers in the entryway or
the smell of freshly baked cookies.
Give your home a thorough cleaning
Never underestimate the impact a clean home can have on a
potential buyer. Dust on shelves, mildew in the bathroom, and dirty carpets can
be huge deterrents when selling a home.
Before you put your home on the market, you'll want to give
it a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. If it's a big enough job, you may
even want to enlist the services of a professional cleaning company to assist
you with the cleanup.
Removing clutter from your home will make it seem more
functional, spacious, and organized--all important features for a potential
While it can sometimes seem overwhelming to have to sift
through and organize all of your personal belongings, you can get started with
these simple tips:
- Clean out closets and install closet organizers
- If home office space is limited, add shelves and storage
bins to hide office clutter
- Remove any personal effects, such as photos, mementos, and
- In addition to main living spaces, be sure to clean out
attic, basement, and garage spaces
- Rent a dumpster or hire a waste disposal company to make
it easier to get rid of larger, unwanted items or consider donating unwanted
items that are in good condition to a charitable organization
- If necessary, hire a professional organizer
Invest in a fresh coat of paint
Dated wall treatments, such as wallpaper borders and faux
finishes, can deter a potential buyer. A fresh coat of paint is a cost
effective way to give your home an updated appearance.
When picking out paint colors, be sure to stick to neutral
color schemes, which tend to have a broader appeal. In addition, remember that
darker colors often make rooms seem smaller and more intimate, while lighter
colors can make a room appear larger and more spacious.
Hold off on major improvements/upgrades
Except in certain circumstances, most home staging projects
should only involve minor improvements to your home that won't take up much of
your time or cost you a lot of money. As a result, you should hold off on major
improvements or upgrades, such as renovating an entire kitchen or putting on a
Get professional help if needed
If you feel that you need assistance staging your home
before you put it on the market, there are staging professionals and companies
that assist homeowners during the home-staging process.
The cost of professional home staging varies, depending on
the types of services provided. Basic staging services usually offer simple
advice and tips for organizing and cleaning your home. Other, more involved
staging services provide full home redesigns along with specially staged
furnishings and accessories.