6 Home Staging Musts Every Seller Should Do
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Staging is a must if you want to sell your home quickly. These five simple tips can make a huge difference to buyers and may cost you only time, a can of paint and some elbow grease.



Clean White Kitchen

DE-CLUTTER AND DE-PERSONALIZE

During a showing, home buyers are there to see your house, not your belongings. A cluttered home is a red flag to buyers that storage space is lacking. Clutter also distracts buyers from seeing the home’s true   space and potential. It’s important to keep in mind that buyers are looking for a house that feels like home to them. Displaying family pictures and other personalized items can make it difficult for buyers to picture the home as their own. Many people find that renting a storage unit to store excess furniture and clutter is a worthwhile expense because their house sells more quickly for a higher price.


Living room

SHOW PURPOSE AND SPACE WITH FURNISHINGS

When touring your home, potential buyers primarily will consider how  they will use the space and rooms. To help them, clear all clutter and  excess furniture, and arrange furnishings to reflect the functionality of the space. Give every room a clear purpose. For example, place a desk  and bookshelf in an extra room to stage it as a home office. Open-concept layouts can leave buyers puzzled about what to do with one large space. To help them envision usage, group furniture to create distinct areas. Use couches and chairs to act as walls do, and face them  away from the dining table. Position furniture to make traffic flow practical and obvious.


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APPEAL TO ALL BUYERS WITH GENDER- AND AGE-NEUTRAL DÉCOR

When selling your home, remember that you don’t know exactly to  whom  you are selling. Keep the look neutral and simple so the home will appeal to any buyer—whether they are male or female, a young bachelor or a retired couple. Think of how hotel rooms are decorated: neutral and clean. Paint the walls a soft, neutral hue, and use simple bed coverings and curtains. Bold wall colors can be overwhelming and make a space appear smaller than it is, and large patterns can be too strong and unappealing to some buyers.


Cleaning Products

CLEAN, CLEAN, AND CLEAN SOME
 MORE!

Prospective buyers are going to inspect every room from top to bottom and scrutinize places you wouldn’t expect. Polish your appliances, clean inside cabinets and drawers, dust ceiling fans, vents and blinds. You should even make sure your dishwasher and you washer and dryer are empty and clean. Whether you decide to clean yourself or hire professional help, a clean house is vital. It gives buyers the impression that the home has been well maintained.


Blue Craftsman Style Home
 DON'T FORGET CURB APPEAL

Many buyers judge a house by its curb appeal, which determines the buyer’s attitude when entering your house. Prepare with a fresh mow, trimmed hedges, raked leaves, and cleared porches, decks and walkways. A coat of paint on the front door and porch railings can also give a clean, new appearance.

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CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL STAGING SERVICES

Professional staging companies may be the answer for some sellers, and their services can range from advising you on “staging musts” to painting or replacing flooring and fixtures, and positioning rental furnishings in a vacant home. Staging a house correctly, especially high-end homes in a buyer’s market, can greatly reduce sale time and increase the sale price. Ask your Semonin REALTOR® for staging resource recommendations.