Thursday, May 16, 2019 / by The Property Girls Team
Ready to sell your home? Most people view buying a home as a huge investment, so you want to make sure it's presented in the best light. You wouldn't buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom with someone's personal belongings. This is the same mindset you need to carry into selling your home. Here are a few helpful tips to get started.
1. SAY GOODBYE TO CLUTTER
The best thing you can do is get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest contributors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. In a professional staging, typically half of the home owner's furniture is removed to make the house look bigger. Look around your house and see what you can get rid of or pack away temporarily. A storage unit is often a worth investment so you can store a good portion of your stuff. There's also the added bonus of making it easier to move when your house sells!
2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS
It's a common misconception that furniture pushed directly up against the walls make a room look bigger. But why not try floating your furniture in each room away from the walls? Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure to place each item with purpose so a nice flow of traffic through the room is possible. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger. You'll also want to make sure your furniture is the right size for the room--pieces that are too large for the room will look crowded and small furniture floating in giant room can look awkward.
3. TRANSFORM ROOMS
If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it's important to purpose the room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, etc. If it's in the basement, hide the boxes and turn it into a game room or family area. Staging is about setting the stage for the buyer to see the possibilities in each room!
4. HOME LIGHTING
Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcoming. You don't want any of your rooms to look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents).
5. GO NEUTRAL
The simple trick to updating any space is a little bit of fresh paint. Stark white can be nice, but be careful: it can end up looking too clinical. Consider using neutral grey and beige colors instead. The 'neutral' family of colors can also consist of warm honey colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life without being overwhelming. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls or special spaces to help enhance structural features.
6. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER
If you want to make a room bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one and open it up. Using drapes that match the wall colors can also add an emphasis to the room's size without creating choppy lines.
7. USE YOUR GARDEN
Fresh flowers and floral arrangements are always a nice touch in staged homes. If you don't have the money to go all out on expensive floral arrangements, you can get this same effect by going to your own garden.
8. GET A FACELIFT
Can't afford new cabinets? Consider getting new door faces and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel, go for stainless steel if you can pull it off. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model.
9.MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS
Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you'll want to be sure to make required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. Stop ignoring those little projects you've become blind to and try to see all the little details that buyers will notice. (Your realtor can be a great ally here!)
10. CLEAN YOUR HOME
Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children, pets, and smokers, have a smell that may go undetected to home owners but are quickly picked up by strangers. Be sure to have your home professionally cleaned prior to listing so your home is nice and fresh.
Taking all of these steps into consideration will help immensely when listing and showing your home in order to sell it for top dollar. Have questions or are not sure where to start? The Property Girls Team can help point you in the right direction. Did you know we are certified in staging and can help you maximize your home's selling potential? Give us a call or send us a message and we'd be happy to help!