Making the decision to sell your home and start a new journey can be exciting and time-consuming. There is a lot that goes into this process, including preparing your home to sell, putting it on the market, searching for the perfect new home for your family, and going through the process of buying one home and selling the other. Luckily, there are a few things that can help make this process a little simpler for you.
Working with a team of expert real estate agents, like our team at Iron Gate Real Estate is one thing you can do to make this transition easier for you and your family. Our team is knowledgeable and talented, and can make selling your home or finding a new home as simple as possible. While working with a Realtor is a great way to reduce your stress and make the process simpler, staging is another great way to help you sell your home fast.
In a previous blog, we talked about why staging is important. In today’s blog, we are going to give you some staging tips that will make this process easier and help you sell your home faster. Read on to learn more and be sure to get in touch with our team today!
Boost Curb Appeal
If you have read a ton of different blogs about selling your home or preparing it to put on the market, you know that curb appeal is important. Why? Because this is the first thing potential buyers will see. Their first impression of your home will matter as they walk through the rest of your home.
To boost curb appeal, there are several things you can do. Start by pressure washing the outside of your home. This will remove dirt, dust, and grime from the side of your home, giving it a fresh and clean look. Some more intense upgrades you can make include painting the door, investing in new house numbers, and getting a new mailbox. Some simpler upgrades include adding planters, picking up your yard, and getting a new welcome mat. The goal is to make your home look as nice and beautiful as possible to make a good first impression.
Get Rid of Personal Items
While it may be sad to pack away your family photos and other personal items before you even need to start packing to move, it can help you sell your home. De-personalizing your home is important when it comes to staging. As potential buyers walk through your home, they want to picture themselves living in this house. If they see photos of another family or other personal items, it can be more difficult for them to picture their lives in this house, lowering their chances of buying it.
While your personal items shouldn’t play a role in how quickly your home sells, they do. So, as you prepare your home to put on the market, start by packing up personal items, family photos, and decorations that other families may not like as much as you.
Find a Balance
While it is important to hide your personal items, it is also important that you don’t make your home look too staged. What we mean is that you need to find a balance between making your space look clean, staged, and simple and making it look lived in. Again, potential buyers are trying to picture themselves in this house as they walk through it. If you make it look too staged, like a model home, they may have a hard time picturing anyone, especially themselves, living in it.
To make your home look lived in, you can do something as simple as placing a vase with fresh-cut flowers on the counter. Or place a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen table. Even a throw draped over the couch as if someone had dropped it there after using it can give your house a more homey and liveable look.
Decluttering means you likely will put things in boxes and place them in closets. Before you shove all of your family pictures and personal items in the hallway closet, just remember that you need to clean every space in your home. While house guests won’t open your closet or walk into the master bathroom, potential buyers will. They are going to look in drawers, closets, cabinets, and anywhere else they think they need to look. They want to get a good idea of what the house’s potential is, what shape it is in, and how much storage there is. So cleaning out your drawers and closets, reorganizing these spaces, and ensuring they look just as staged as the rest of the home is important and will be beneficial when trying to sell your home.
Rearrange the Furniture
While you may have had your furniture set up a certain way to cater to the lifestyle you want, rearranging your furniture and pulling it away from the wall can help the room look bigger and more inviting. Set your furniture up to create an environment where cozy conversation can happen. This can help make your space appear more welcoming and catch the eye of potential buyers.
Neutralize The Style
Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to a home’s style. While you may like bright colored accent pieces or unique patterns, not everyone likes that. By removing some of the bolder pieces from your home and swapping them out with something in a more neutral style, you can make your home more welcoming to everyone and allow people to visualize themselves in your home. Again, the goal of staging is to make your home look beautiful and allow potential buyers to picture themselves living there. When you cater to more people’s styles, you will have an easier time selling your home.
There are many different things you can do to stage your home, but the goal is to declutter, clean, and make your home a place where anyone can picture themselves. Staging is an important task when it comes to selling your home. No one is going to buy a home that is messy, filled with junk, and cluttered.
Start staging your home today by following these tips! If you want to make your move even simpler, get in touch with our team of talented real estate agents. We will be able to help you prepare your home for the market, sell it, and find you a new home. Selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful and time-consuming. Contact us today to get started.