When you’re showing your home for sale, you don’t just want to present it as-is. Here are some tips for staging your real estate for a quick sale once it’s on the market.
The outside of your home is the first and last thing a potential buyer is going to see when viewing your property. If the outside looks great, someone is already starting off with a good impression even before setting foot through the door. And they’re going to leave with a positive image when they drive away after the visit.
A few tips for increasing your curb appeal are to power-wash your driveway and any walkways, plant some fresh flowers, and trim any overgrown plants. You may also want to look into getting new house numbers, washing your windows (inside and out), and repainting if necessary.
While your home is showing, it’s best to take down family pictures, kids’ artwork, and anything that won’t hold value to a potential buyer. Home buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home, and they won’t be able to do that as easily if it looks like someone else is living there (even if you are).
If you have a lot of excess belongings in your home, you may want to rent out a storage space while your home is showing. Not only will this help make your home look cleaner and more organized, but it will give you less to worry about cleaning up in between open houses.
One of the main goals of an open house is to show buyers all the possibilities of a potential new home. By opening up the closets, you’ll make the rooms feel bigger and more spacious. Before you do this, try to remove as much as possible from the closets and organize them so they look nice to visitors. Again, someone should be able to picture living in your home, and with all of your clothes overflowing in their potential new closet, they’ll have a much harder time.
You want to try and eliminate as much clutter as possible in your home, but that doesn’t mean your home should be giving off a hotel-like vibe. Set out a vase of freshly cut flowers on the kitchen table, arrange a few books on the living room table, or drape a cozy blanket over the couch for a homey touch.
Sure, that spare bedroom may just be storage space for you at this point, but a potential buyer may be looking for a craft room or a home office. And with all your stuff in there, they’re going to have a hard time imagining what to do with the space. Be sure that potential buyers feel right at home no matter where they are in the house.