When it comes to selling your home, you want to ensure that it looks its absolute best for interested buyers who visit it. This brings us to home staging—a process that involves presenting your home in a way that it’s most impressive and attractive features are highlighted. Get this part right, and you shouldn’t have any problems selling your home quickly—and for the right money.
According to a report from the NAR, 49% of real estate agents believe that staging has a strong influence on how buyers view a home, with 77% going as far as saying that it makes it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
With so much at stake, it really makes sense for home sellers to put some thought and effort into home staging. To help you in this endeavor, here are a few tips.
Stage Where It Really Matters
When it comes to home staging, not all spaces are considered equal. Therefore, your efforts should be focused on rooms that have the highest potential to impact buyers’ decisions, and less on spaces that won’t make too much of a difference.
The areas that most buyers are interested in the most are the kitchen, the master bedroom, and the living room. While bathrooms, children’s bedrooms, and guest bedrooms are still important, they don’t have as much influence.
With home staging, the primary goal is to help potential buyers visualize the home as their own. And, the most effective way of accomplishing that is setting as blank a canvas as possible. While you want the home to have charm and style, it should be free of personal touches which suggest that it belongs to you, and not the buyer.
Some basic tips include removing family pictures from walls and mantelpieces, and personal items from bathroom counters.
Cleanliness Is Key
Spring cleaning should have nothing on the cleaning that you do before you stage your home. Your goal should be to get every square-inch of your house in spotless condition—from the corners of the ceilings, to the baseboards and everything in between.
A clean and tidy home gives potential buyers the impression that you, the owner, take good care of the property.