Home Staging generally helps properties sell (or rent) an average of 2-3 months FASTER! It ALSO helps to attract more qualified, serious buyers or tenants!
Home staging is the act of preparing a home to sell (or sometimes rent), by maximizing it's appeal and accentuating best features. Whether hiring a Home Staging professional, or taking it on as Do It Yourself... make no mistake.
It's all about rearranging and redecorating to maximize space, and to appeal to the broadest mix of potential buyers/tenants. There are MANY things you can do for FREE and/or very affordably yourself, if you chose not to enlist the services of a pro.
Just getting started? Start out with these Home Staging tips below!
There's no sense home staging the inside UNLESS AND UNTIL the front exterior curb appeal shines. Why? Because your potential buyers will make their first judgments on your property by what they see first!
Curb Appeal is the FIRST IMPRESSION MADE. Make sure your lawn remains well kept... make sure grass is always mowed, bushes and trees trimmed, no weeds, walkways and bedding is edged.
Your buyers/tenants will develop a perception of the property, how it's been maintained and it's overall condition and how they like it within SEVEN SECONDS of looking at it from the outside!
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A well-manicured lawn and yard are the first indication to potential buyers that you keep up and maintain your home well. And pressure clean that driveway, walkway, garage door and front house trim!!
The best home staging starts with creating first impressions. SMELL, SCENT, FRAGRANCE is a huge part of that. When the front door opens, is it a smell, scent or fragrance hitting you first? Yes, there IS a difference between the three. The first impression after opening the front door should be pleasant. If you live there and can't tell what that impression is... ask a friend or neighbor to come over and describe the first thing that comes to mind.
If the first smell, after stepping into the property, is musty, old, like dog, or cat, fish fillets or other strong foods or spices... you'll need to fix it. Those are smells. You DO NOT want smells. Smells usually don't evoke pleasant emotions or pleasant memories. Make sure no areas or rooms in your house "smell". Pay special attention to: cat/litter boxes, garbage disposals, hampers, bathrooms, closets. ALWAYS change AC filters regularly.
Scents can be positive or negative. They are generally less intrusive than a "smell", and won't evoke as strong a reaction in most people. Scents can be something as subtle as the floor cleaner you used a few days ago. And if it gives the general perception of "clean and fresh", this scent is a keeper!! If the scent is Pine Sol or Lysol trying to cover cat litter smells... that scent needs to be neutralized, and a GREAT FRAGRANCE needs to added in its place.
Fragrances are pleasant, can usually evoke certain moods or feelings. They are generally not long lasting. They can come in the form of strongly scented candles, reed diffusers, air freshener sprays, fragrance bead jars, potpourri, and flowers. Adding fragrance to a room or section of your home is so easily done, and very inexpensive. Choose positive, pleasant, clean fragrances. They will increase alertness and interest from your buyers and visitors. Science has proven this!
Properties that offer great, positive fragrances get more favorable attention from buyers and renters.
Ever hear of Real Estate Agents baking cookies before an Open House? There's a reason! It's not to give out cookies (though they may...). It's to EVOKE emotion! Baked cookies reminds people of the feeling and memories of home and family.
Paint bold walls neutral. Keep trim and doors white and clean. No one has the same tastes in colors... make sure your walls will appeal to the masses. Light neutral shades will make an enormous difference and they tend to make spaces appear larger and more open.
Some buyers ARE going to be turned off by those bright red or blue walls you may love... but you're moving, so it's time to remove your style and personalization.
Go neutral for best selling/renting results. This DOES work!
Lighting is a HUGE part of home staging. For ALL showings or open houses, make sure to open all the blinds and drapes. Bring outside light in. The lighter your home appears to be, the more spacious and clean the perception will be. Dark windows/rooms will make the rooms seem smaller and more closed off, which is NOT the perception you want your potential buyers to have. Pay special attention to make sure any views to pretty gardens, the pool, or a big beautiful oak tree, etc out back are very visible and unobstructed.
A great source for ideas, and to get a better idea of what buyers are looking for... watch shows on channels like HGTV, or read magazines on the topic.
There are tons of no or low cost DIY things you can do to spruce up and update your property. Make it appeal to more people, and you'll get higher amounts in less time.
Buyers are trying to picture THEIR furniture, THEIR style, THEIR belongings in the property. Help them! Great home staging tip: Box up and remove all trinkets, family photos/frames, magazines, tea cup collections, and other miscellaneous objects on all flat services, walls, tables. We always recommend putting a few boxes piled up by the front door. It shows potential buyers/renters you're definitely serious about moving out soon.
Group two chairs with a small table, place near a big window to bring attention to that space. Add some fresh flowers to the table.
In bathrooms, group a 3-4 similar bath/spa items and place them on the otherwise bare countertop, or corner of the bathtub. This small grouping should have similar sized products, similar colors. an added bonus is if they add fragrance to the space!
Add fresh flowers
Home staging by professionals usually includes at least one fresh flower arrangement. Place strategically in either the dining or breakfast rooms and you'll add a splash of color and warmth your potential buyers are sure to notice.
If you can't get fresh flowers, find a simple pretty flower silk flower arrangement and place on the dining room table and in the master bedroom. It will add warmth and color.
EACH ROOM should have ONE MAIN PURPOSE.. and ONE PURPOSE ONLY! A good home staging means completely de-cluttering every room. Remove furniture that isn't needed like that chair in the corner, or plant shelf by the front door. Remove extra wall hangings, trinkets and those magazines collecting dust. The function of each room should be clear. If it is a family room, make sure there is not a desk, and remove any extra nonessential tables, footrests etc that are taking up space. If it is a Master Bedroom, make sure to clear out the computer, hide the ironing board and any extras that detract attention. If it's a bathroom, take out the toys and shoes and hide the laundry basket.
Take a fresh look at each of the spaces in your home.
By cleaning, re-purposing, and minor re-decorating and interior design efforts...
you are sure to succeed in wowing buyers/renters and getting
top dollar in the quickest amount of time!
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