Moving house most often includes selling house too. Depending on a variety of factors not always in your control, this may not be the fastest or easiest step of your move. That’s where home staging comes in. Home staging is a way for you to present your home for potential buyers in the best possible light. This can go a long way to ensuring you close the deal on your house quickly and make a good sale. To help you with this, our moving experts at U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn bring you 7 essential tips for home staging.
Why do home staging at all?
So you love your home and think it’s perfect the way it is. Why should you stage it at all then? Well, to begin with, you want other people to like it as well if you’re going to be selling it. And according to the statistics reported by the National Association of Realtors, staging your home helps with that by making it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves in it. In many cases, it also makes a difference in how long the house stays on the market. It can even increase the value of your property by as much as 39%! So even if you are personally not sure about the necessity of home staging, experts agree that it is a simple way to increase your chances of a good deal and a quick sale.
How to stage your home: a pro’s guide
When it comes to home staging, simple and small changes can make a huge difference. After all, you don’t want to change the entire place and make it unrecognizable. It’s all about utilizing what you have and presenting it the right way. You want your home to look its best and appear welcoming to its future owners. Especially if you want to sell fast, staging your home well is crucial.
1. Stage where it matters
Not all rooms are created equal when it comes to home staging. It’s best, therefore, to focus your efforts where it counts. This, of course, doesn’t mean you should be showing the house with half of the rooms filled with stacks of moving boxes. But while you do want the entire house to be presentable, the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen will have the biggest impact on potential buyers. So spend most of your time and effort on these rooms.
Start at the door (or better yet, in front of it)
First impressions count when you’re selling a home. So make sure that whatever room (or hallway) people enter first is clean, tidy and inviting. If you have a front yard or patio, some staging there would not go amiss either. Wicker furniture and potted plants are simple ways to decorate the front of the house and make it look both classy and lived-in.
2. Fixer-uppers are out
The dent in the wall you discovered behind the rocking chair while packing the bedroom nursery may bring back fond memories of peaceful mornings with your baby for you. But a potential buyer is only going to see a dent in the wall. And fixer-upper is not a good look on a house you want to sell. So take the time to go through the house and find and fix any minor damage such as dents, scratches and chipped paint. As a result, the house will appear better cared-for and maintained.
3. Clean and declutter
One of the key aspects of home staging is having the house sparkling clean. So when you put your house on the market, you will need to clean it like never before. Floor to ceiling, everything should be spotless for the viewings. Even the places you normally wouldn’t consider for a thorough cleaning like the inside of your fridge or the window blinds should make the to-do list now.
Decluttering and keeping things tidy
While you’re cleaning, make sure to declutter the space by getting rid of or storing everything you don’t really need on a daily basis. This means you may end up packing up quite a bit longer before you need to be renting a safe moving truck in Brooklyn. But decluttering will help keep the place neat and organized. This, in turn, makes the house shine on its own which appeals to potential buyers who will want to fill the space with their own clutter.
One of the main goals of home staging is to present a space that potential buyers can envision as their own. To facilitate this, get rid of the personal touches that make the house yours. This means putting away family photos, storing away clothes, packing up fridge magnets and souvenir and much more. Essentially, you want the house to look (for the most part) the way it did before you moved in. It should be a charming, well-maintained and stylish, but ultimately blank canvas for new owners to project themselves onto.
5. Arrange for a lot of open space
A lot of open, walkable space in a home you’re selling is going to be a plus in many ways. Firstly, it makes the place easier to navigate even for larger numbers of people. Secondly, it helps to depersonalize the space by allowing people to imagine their own furniture and layout. Finally, it makes the house look neater and more organized. So how do you achieve this? Well, you will first want to rent storage space to put away any unnecessary, bulky, damaged or mismatched pieces. Then you should rearrange what furniture you have left in a way that maximizes the space and makes the room feel and look as spacious as possible.
6. Keep it light and fresh
Rooms with lots of light feel happier, more spacious and more welcoming. So get rid of any blackout or dark curtains, open the blinds and windows and turn on the lights in secluded areas of the house such as closets or basement. You want to let in as much light as you can!
Remember also to deep clean everything to get rid of any potential odors. Always take the trash out before a showing too and open the windows often to air out the place. You want the house to smell clean and fresh to attract potential buyers. A refreshingly scented plug-in on a low setting can add a subtle, but pleasant smell. Add a few strategically placed plants and flowers for a bit of natural freshness and color and you will be ready to go!
7. Think neutral
Repainting may take a bit more time and effort than most of the other tips on this list, but it can be a major game changer in home staging. If your walls aren’t already neutral, you should probably paint them in a shade of white, beige, grey or taupe. This erases the most obvious and visible signs of your past in the house and presents potential new owners with more possibilities for future personalization. And remember, it’s all about making it easier for buyers to see the house as theirs and not yours!