BY STEVO · SELLING A HOME
The old saying, ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression,’ is vitally true when selling your home. You want to make sure that when prospective buyers step through the front door, they see your home in the most attractive light possible. ‘Staging’ your home is the best strategy for accomplishing this. Staged homes not only sell faster, they also sell for more money than unstaged homes because it’s easier for prospective buyers to visualize living in a home that’s been staged.
Although all your pictures, knick-knacks, and memorabilia have very personal meaning to you, they only make your home feel cluttered and crowded to prospective buyers. If you’re serious about selling your home successfully, box up all your personal items and take them out of the house. Don’t store them in a closet. Potential buyers will look in your closets and you don’t want them crammed with storage boxes.
Once the clutter is gone, it will be much easier to thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom. That includes things like cleaning cobwebs out of the corners and grime on baseboards. Remember that kitchens and bathrooms are important selling features in any home, so make sure yours gleam from the countertops to the grout in the tiles. If you have pets, clean everything they touch. You don’t want pet hairs and pet odors discouraging your prospective buyers.
REARRANGE THE FURNITURE
Give the rooms in your house a spacious, airy feel by rearranging the furniture away from the walls as much as possible. You should even consider removing some of your furniture just to give your house a ‘bigger’ feel to prospective buyers. Your living room is the most important room to stage, followed by the master bedroom, and then the kitchen.
DON’T FORGET CURB APPEAL
Once you’ve staged the rooms inside your home to their best advantage, spend some time enhancing your home’s curb appeal - the impression it makes from the street. The exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees so you want it to be as attractive as possible. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the garden shrubbery is trimmed and neat. Power wash the exterior and pull any weeds in the cracks of the sidewalks. Clean all the windows so they shine. Put out a new welcome mat and some potted plants on the front stoop.
A little effort staging your home can pay big dividends in how quickly your home sells and ensuring you get the best price from the buyer. Your trusted realtor can lend an experienced eye and help you maximize the appeal of your home to prospective buyers.