By Erica Young
When selling your home, it’s important to put your best foot forward. Your house should be clean, clutter-free, and in good repair before placing it on the market. But if you really want to beat out the competition, go a step further with home staging.
Home staging done right can highlight the best features of your house while downplaying some of its flaws. There are plenty of home staging firms that will do the work for you, for the right price. But if you’re looking to save money, you can easily do it yourself. Here are a few simple tips to stage your home and lure in those buyers.
1. Make a Great First Impression
Although traditionally home staging is thought of as an interior design job, the front porch is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it shouldn’t be ignored. Spruce up your entryway with a new welcome mat and a freshly-planted shrub. Make sure the porch light is working and dust-free. If needed, give the front door a fresh coat of paint.
2. Get Serious About De-Cluttering
Any realtor will tell you that clutter is a no-no when trying to sell a home. But with home staging, you should de-clutter to the extreme. You may even need to move things to the garage or a storage unit. Floors, counter spaces, and even closets should all be clear of stuff. You want a buyer to be able to picture himself living in your house, so that means no personal photos or knick-knacks. This is one of the most important elements of home staging, so purge, purge, purge!
3. Make the Space Inviting
Now clearing all clutter doesn’t mean your home should look like a sterile hospital. You want the space to have an inviting and cozy feel. To pictures a guideline, think about how model homes are decorated. A bowl of lemons in the kitchen, a vase of flowers on a nightstand, and a well-placed piece of tasteful artwork can make all the difference.
4. Float Your Furniture
Well-placed furniture can make or break the feel of a room. If all your furniture is shoved against the walls, it can make the space feel small. Float your furniture in the middle of the floor in a grouping. For example, a sofa facing two armchairs with a coffee table in the center is an inviting layout that encourages conversation and flow.
5. Give Each Room a Purpose
If you have a room that’s simply a collection of junk – make sure it has a new purpose before listing your home. Turn it into a simple guest room or office. Or add some organized shelves and a colorful rug to make it a playroom. You want buyers to see the potential in every space.
6. Neutral Paint
One surefire way to entice buyers is with fresh paint. Choose a classic neutral color that appeals to many, like taupe or light gray. If possible, paint the whole house. Having just one color will make the home feel more cohesive and create a blank canvas for the future owner.
With a competitive real estate market, it’s important to use every tool at your disposal to put your home above the rest. Home staging doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. And for a quick sale at the right price, it might make all the difference.
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