Are you considering putting your home on the market? Though rising mortgage rates and increasing home prices
have made 2023 a tougher year for both buyers and sellers, it’s still quite possible to sell your home for top dollar and find a new home that fits your budget and your current lifestyle. To ensure your home does sell quickly and for the price you want, there are a few things you need to do. Pricing your home correctly is extremely important, as is creating a marketing strategy and working with a professional real estate agent. Staging your home is also crucial. Whether you decide to go with a professional stager–which is always recommended–or you decide to stage your home yourself, knowing some contemporary home staging tips will help you maximize the experience and ensure your home is ready to be shown.
Tip #1: Declutter
It’s easy to accumulate clutter if you’ve been living in your home for a number of years. You may not even realize that your closets are packed, your counters aren’t clear, and you haven’t seen the floor of your garage for years until you start taking steps to prepare your home for viewers. Unfortunately, clutter will immediately turn off potential buyers. That’s why one of the first steps to staging your home is to clear out as much “stuff” as possible. This includes papers, old clothes, knickknacks, toys, and anything else that is unnecessarily taking up space.
Though it’s most important to declutter areas that are visible to those walking through your home, don’t forget to take care of storage areas like closets, basements, and garages as well. Those who may be interested in your home will be peeking into these areas to determine how much space is available and you want to present them with a well-organized, clean area.
Haven’t yet chosen a new home to move into? Consider renting a storage unit so you have a place to store the belongings you want to keep but that need to be removed from your home before you show it.
Tip #2: Deep clean
Before you can get to the more nuanced contemporary home staging tips, you need to take care of the basics. Decluttering is the first, and deep cleaning is the second. No matter how good of a housekeeper you’ve been over the years of owning your home, you need to take that to the next level when you’re preparing to sell. Most homeowners decide that hiring a professional cleaning company that specializes in homes being put on the market is the best move. These companies can take on all the hassle and ensure that every nook and cranny of your home is sparkling by the time the first potential buyer walks through the door.
Tip #3: Depersonalize
Though you may love the funky artwork you picked up at the craft show and your zebra rug, it’s likely the majority of homebuyers will not have the same tastes. That’s why depersonalizing is an important step in the staging process. To depersonalize your home, take down items like family photos, diplomas, and unique artwork or decor. Replace it with items that are more likely to appeal to a wide range of buyers, like tasteful artwork or decor in neutral colors. Some homeowners may also want to paint or replace wallpaper in rooms that have a more personal touch.
Tip #4: Enhance curb appeal
The majority of prospective buyers who see your home will form an opinion about it before they even walk through the front door. That’s why curb appeal is so important. To enhance your home’s curb appeal, make sure your yard and shrubbery are trimmed and tidy and that all clutter, including kids’ toys, bikes, and lawncare tools, are removed. You can take curb appeal to the next level by placing some colorful potted plants or flowers along the walkway or on the patio, putting out a cheerful welcome mat, and hanging a seasonal wreath on the door. Replacing the mailbox, painting the front door, and putting some high-quality outdoor furniture on the front porch are also welcome additions that will provide a nice greeting to potential buyers.
Tip #5: Remove or reduce the size of furniture
Everyone wants a spacious home. If your rooms are packed with too much furniture or furniture that does not fit the space, your home will look crowded and smaller. When staging, take out any bulky furniture and ensure that each room has only the necessities. For example, a master bedroom should have only a bed, dresser, and possibly a bedside table or two, while a dining room should only contain a dining room table and chairs. In some cases, a professional stager may suggest replacing some or all of your furniture with smaller, sleeker options.
Tip #6: Give each room a designated purpose
Guessing games have no place in home staging! Your prospective buyers should know what each and every room’s intended purpose is so they can picture themselves living in your home. If you have rooms that double as an office and gym, or you use others just to store items, now is the time to make a change. Take the gym equipment out of the office and stage it with a nice desk, bookshelf, and tasteful artwork. Clean out the multi-purpose room and stage it as a guest room with a queen-sized bed, dresser, and bedside table.
Tip #7: Work with a real estate professional
Does this seem like a lot of work to you? If you feel the staging process is a bit overwhelming, consider hiring a staging professional to help you prepare your home for viewing. Not sure where to find the best stager? A local real estate professional like those at Raintown Realty
can not only connect you with pros, but they can also take care of all the other major tasks involved in selling your home.
Ready to take the next steps? Reach out to Raintown Realty
for advice, guidance, and assistance in listing and selling your home.