If you have planned to put your home up for sale then staging it for an open house is an essential step to ensure that it moves off the market quickly. Staging your home can help the prospective buyers visualize their family living in the house. Some buyers are put off by small problems like the color of the walls or the lighting in a room. If these small issues are tackled beforehand, it will help them close the deal with you quicker.
Here are our five essential tips to stage your home for a sale:
Deep clean and de-clutter
The first rule of home staging is de-cluttering. Clutter makes a room appear smaller and less spacious than it is. Clutter causes distress and chaos, thus cleaning up is essential before an open house. Pack up anything that your family does not require into cardboard boxes and store them away. You will be moving soon so this should not be an extra chore. Once your home is clear of excess stuff, deep clean it inside out. You home must be spic and span with special attention to the kitchen, bedrooms and the bathrooms.
De-personalize the house
We love creating gallery walls with pictures from vacations abroad, birthdays and weddings. Mantel places are often jammed with souvenirs and photo frames. But de-personalizing the home is very important. It will help your prospective buyers to visualize themselves in your space. Your personal belongings will not help them, so remove these before the open house. Instead, decorate your house with bright and cheerful paintings, beautiful vases and other neutral décor. Keep it simple and minimal.
Freshen it up with paint
A fresh coat of paint will do the trick. It will brighten your home and make it shine. Paint is a cheap yet effective way of bringing newness to your home. Stick to neutral colors like sand, beige and white. Refrain from choosing your favorite shade of purple for the bedroom wall, since you do not know if it will go well with the new buyer.
Fix the odd jobs
Very often we tend to ignore the creaking closet doors or drawers that get stuck. We get used to these little troubles in our day to day lives and choose to ignore them. But these odd problems can become a major headache for you. It is best to thoroughly inspect your home for small repairs or replacements wherever required. Expect the prospective buyer to open the cabinets and inspect the closets for storage. Replace fused light bulbs and add mirrors that reflect sources of light like your chandelier or wall scones. This will help in doubling the light in the house. Low lighting can become a sore point during the sale.
Remember the outdoors
Rev up the curb appeal of your home and create a good first impression on your prospective buyer. It is important that your house is clean and tidy from the outside and feels inviting. Give your entryway a good power wash, rake the leaves and mow the lawn. Trim any bushes that hide the view of your home from the curbside. Make sure that your entryway is well-lit. If possible, give your front door a new coat of paint and place some potted plants around it.
Deep clean your kitchen to make sure it is spic and span. Image Source (source)
Remove all personal effects and decorate with neutral décor. Image Source (source)
Keep your décor simple and minimal. Image Source (source)
Use an neutral color scheme for the paint on the walls. Image Source (source)
A fresh coat of paint will brighten up your home. Image Source (source)
Fix creaking closet doors or jammed drawers before the open house. Image Source (source)
Place mirrors to double the effect of light. Image Source (source)
Improve the curb appeal of your home by making sure it is clean from the outside. Image Source (source)
Half your job is done if the house looks inviting from the outside. Image Source (source)