HOME STAGING WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU SELL
Home Staging is more than just preparing to sell your home by making it look the best it can. It’s really the art of first impressions. For many home sellers and real estate agents, the concept of home staging is being more frequently recognized and used to effectively promote and market a home in the marketplace. However, while real estate agents are experts in the field of selling houses and closing the sale, many are not experts in design. If you are in the process of, or thinking about, selling your home, you may want to consider hiring a professional home stagger to assist you. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb appeal. Or, if you are more the do-it-yourself type, below are some tips on what you can do to improve your home’s “first impression.”
Home Staging Starts At The Curb!
Curb appeal is the first step to selling your home. No one wants to buy a previous owner’s dirty house. Power-was the siding and was windows until they shine. Trees, shrubs and flowers should be neat and tidy, the garden weeded and the lawn mowed and edged. Once you’ve removed everything that isn’t necessary, add touches such as large, lush flower pots or hanging planters to welcome visitors.
Home Staging Moves Inside!
Once you’ve created a promising exterior, you need to focus on the interior. The key to staging is to make it meaningful, set the tone and suggest countless possibilities. That means you need to remove everything that could distract the buyer’s attention. Keep only what you must to remain functional. If you don’t use something everyday, pack it for the move.
Like the exterior, the inside needs to be neat and clean. If paint is showing signs of age, repaint. Neutrals often work best. Once the house is clean, stage your home with minimal furnishings. If you need inspiration, visit some model homes to see how decorators have put room together. Clear out closets, cupboards, and drawers.Strip the kitchen down to the necessities. Counters, however, should be clear, except for a decoratively placed bowl of fruit or bouquet or fresh flowers. It’s not necessary for individual rooms to be used for their original purpose as long as the functions they represent are logical and show the space off well. Remove anything personal such as family pictures and mementos. Arrange furniture to enhance the strengths of the room and facilitate traffic flow. If your furniture shows signs of age, consider borrowing pieces. Open the curtains to allow natural light to fill the room. Appeal to the buyer’s sense of smell. Hot apple cider, cinnamon rolls or fresh baked cookies add a homey smell.
Simplicity and comfort is your ultimate goal when home staging. The general rule is "less is more appealing".
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