When selling your home, proper staging techniques are vital to the success of each showing. This does not mean, however, that you will need to spend huge sums of money to stage your home; the following are some excellent staging ideas that are affordable but also very effective:
1. Set up distinct focal points for each area of the home:
Designate special areas in each room by placing something there that will draw the eye in immediately. Placing a beautiful plant in a corner is a great way to add drama to a room; silk trees are an excellent option, as they are affordable, low maintenance, and very realistic looking. Add lighting nearby if possible, as this will accentuate the plant even further.
2. Create distinct conversation areas:
If you have the space available, consider setting a living space up for easy conversation. If buyers can see themselves entertaining in your space, you have bridged the gap between them simply visiting your home and them visiting a home that could someday meet their needs and become theirs.
3. Take down any personal photos or memorabilia:
Even though they mean a lot to you and your family, personal pictures or memorabilia items can prevent buyers from envisioning themselves in your home. Consider replacing those personal items with photos of the landscape around your home or of beautiful scenic attractions nearby. This will help remind buyers that your home could easily become the home of their dreams.
4. Give your home a facelift:
Take the time to tighten loose handles, re-hang crooked artwork, re-paint any stained or chipped paint areas, or even just wipe cupboards and shelves down with a cleaning cloth. Potential buyers will likely look for things like that as a measure of the state of the rest of the home and how it has been looked after. If the things on the surface appear to be immaculate and cared for, they will feel a sense of reassurance that the rest of the home is high quality as well.
5. Spruce up the yard:
Curb appeal can sometimes make or break a buyer’s first impression of your home. Sine many people will opt for a quick drive-by before going to their scheduled showing with their realtor, your home needs to put its best foot forward at all times. A mowed lawn, weed-free flowerbed, and clean porch will speak volumes as to what other wonders await inside the front door. Set your home up for success by doing all you can to ensure that the curb appeal is as good as it can possibly be. spread some new mulch. Pick up the kids toys and put them in the garage. If a buyer sees a yard that is not well cared for they will believe that the house is not well cared for either.
6. Repaint your home:
Depending on the state of your home’s exterior paint, you may want to consider having it repainted before it goes on the market. Your realtor will be able to help you decide on a color that will attract potential buyers and set you apart from the competition. Buyers are not looking for homes that look as if cut from the same cloth as every other home on the block – lending a unique yet classy look to your home’s paint color can really help draw buyers in and remember your home.
7. Open the windows and let light shine in:
A home will show the best when natural light is present. Bright open spaces feel inviting and friendly, and they also can work to make small spaces seem larger and more open. Likewise, a dark or poorly-lit room can quickly dull a buyer’s excitement and make them lose interest in the home. A buyer can be turned off of a home if they walk into a poorly lit, dark room.
All of these tips and tricks are easy to do and relatively affordable. Try looking at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer who is seeing it for the first time, and you will likely come up with ideas for how to present your home in the best light possible, thus guaranteeing a great first impression.
Sue De La Bruere is a freelance writer based in the suburban Chicago area. You may follow her on Twitter @suedelabruere or check out her blog at http://susiead.blogspot.com.