Why Should I Stage My Home?
We get it, selling a home can be stressful and staging it might seem like just another thing on your plate. However, when done correctly it can help a home sell for more money in a shorter amount of time.
Staging a home is a strategic marketing tool used by sellers to help buyers imagine themselves living in your home and fall in love with the property. Staging is more than just putting a new welcome mat in front of the door and getting new throw pillows – read on to learn all about strategic staging and find a checklist for staging your home.
Now that you know the Pros & Cons, we want to share four staging secrets!
- Make a great first impression. No time or budget to do the entire house? Focus on the entryway and living room. Consider a statement chandelier, a cozy entryway, or a pop of color on the front door.
- Clarify each room’s purpose by dividing large rooms into smaller seating areas. Have a space that’s no man’s land? Use furniture and household items you have on hand and give it a purpose (office, craft room, guest bedroom, etc.).
- Consider the scale, texture, and tone of each room. Everything should “fit” and be visually appealing. Translation? Get rid of any unnecessary furniture that’s cluttering up the room.
- Give attention to your great outdoors. Curb appeal — it’s a thing. Buyers will love seeing new landscaping, clean walkways, and bright lighting.
DIY Staging Checklist
- Create a Game Plan
- Walk through your home, room by room as if you are a buyer and take notes on what needs to be done.
- Consider having a home inspector come and see if anything needs to be repaired.
- Have a yard sale and throw out anything you do not need anymore (this will make packing up to move easier, too!)
- Consider Repairs
- Repaint and clean walls. Using light, neutral shades have been shown to be more appealing to potential buyers. In the kitchen paint baseboards, kitchen cabinets, trim, molding.
- Landscape. Add some color with flowers and shrubs Keep the lawn mowed and remove weeds.
- Upgrade lighting. Swap out old light bulbs with new brighter bulbs. Add more lamps and accent lighting to brighten up darker rooms.
- Replace old appliances. When buyers know they don’t need to replace appliances for years, they have a much easier time saying “yes to the address”.
- Consider renewing floor finishes and replacing old carpets. Flooring is one of the first things a potential buyer will see and can make or break it for them. Cleaning or renewing your floors can result in a great return.
- Clean, Clean, Clean.
- Thoroughly clean the entire home, or hire a professional cleaning company to do this.
- Steam clean carpets, if stained consider replacing carpet.
- Repair all cracks and holes in walls.
- Paint all interior walls a neutral color.
- Remove any excess furniture.
- Organize closets and remove any clothes not in season to show off the space in closets.
- De-clutter: stow away any small appliances, knick-knacks, personal items, etc. Remember, less is more!
- Remove valuable items from home like cash or jewelry.
- Mop and polish floors.
- Clean appliances and fixtures.
- Clean and organize pantry, throw out any old items and show off the storage space.
- Remove all stains from sinks, toilets, showers/tubs.
- Stow away your personal soaps, hygiene products, medications, etc.
- Keep all toilet seat lids closed!
Give some TLC to the kitchens & bathrooms!
Read on for finishes touches & final steps to maintain curb appeal.
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