When it comes to selling your home, there are many important decisions to make . Which real estate professional should you choose? How much will you list your house for? What repairs need to be made? Should we consider staging our home for photos?
In the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)‘s 2019 home staging report, 83% of buyers’ agents said staging made it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves living in the home. By emphasizing your home’s strengths and minimizing its weaknesses, staging will not only help your home sell faster but for top dollar. Here are six home staging tips to put your best home forward without breaking the bank.
Before you jump headfirst into staging your home, determine what rooms to prioritize first. According to the NAR report, the most frequently staged rooms include the living room (93%), kitchen (84%), master bedroom (78%) and dining room (72%). By focusing time on these four spaces, buyers can better envision their future in the home.
To turn your home into a blank canvas, remove at least 90% of your own décor and personal belongings. By packing away photographs, knickknacks and boxes, the space will look less like your home and more like their future home.
Once your home is decluttered, clean every surface both inside and out. Dust all corners & hard to reach spaces, shampoo carpeting & rugs, deodorize high-traffic areas and sweep hard flooring.
Anticipate removing about half your furniture to give the impression of optimal space. If it’s all unpresentable, ask your REALTOR® about renting on-trend pieces or using “pop-up furniture” for photos and showings.
Pro Tip: Wherever possible, move display furniture away from walls. Then create groupings by tying everything together visually with area rugs – a technique known as “floating.”
Create an airy, inviting atmosphere by adding flowers, potted plants, attractive seating and welcome mats on your front porch. Inside, add fresh flowers throughout or a bowl of fruit to your kitchen.
Last but not least, put your home in the best possible light – literally. Add brighter bulbs, pull back curtains, clean windows and update old light fixtures for a boost of positivity.
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