A Home Seller’s Guide to Easy Staging

July 30, 2019
When you’re selling a home, you want to get the best price possible for your property. In fact, a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors® revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize it as their own. That’s why here at Mpls Residential, we believe home staging is an integral part of making this happen, so let’s look at some ways you can make your home inviting to prospective buyers.

Clutter Is Unattractive

You can’t sell a house that’s unkempt and full of unnecessary items so you have to make an aggressive plan to get rid of clutter. If you’re up to it, the Simple Dollar proposes decluttering your home over the course of a single weekend. To do this, you need the help of friends and loved ones as well as a singular focus to sticking to the deadline. It’s recommended that you get rid of old magazines and correspondences as well as expired food items and medications. Cleaning appliances, countertops, and floors as you go will also help you keep these areas clutter-free. Organizing the things you’ve decided to keep will be easy if you use baskets and storage cabinets for additional storage. Small houses present their own particular challenges when decluttering so it helps to create zones that can be easily defined and organized. You can also maximize your storage by using vertical storage options.

Buyers Don’t Want to See Your Stuff

When buyers are walking through your home, seeing too many of your personal items can make it very difficult for them to visualize living in that space. As such, this article from Home Go states it’s best to remove personal items like photographs, sports memorabilia, puzzles, and exercise equipment. If you have children, it’s best to cut down on the number of toys that the buyer might see. As a homeowner, you may have put in some personal touches, such as brightly colored walls or colorful wallpaper. This might not appeal to your average buyer, so it’s recommended that you remove that kind of wallpaper and repaint bright walls a more neutral color. For the most part, real estate experts suggest sticking to shades of white when painting the inside of your house and avoiding shades like yellow and orange.

Spark the Buyers’ Imagination

Staging your home can reap significant benefits for you. According to Redfin, staged homes are not only more appealing to buyers, they generally attract a higher price and sell faster. If you want to stage your home on a budget, you can make use of these tips from the Spruce to help buyers see the full potential of your home. You can clean thoroughly and change around the furniture in your house to create a different look. You can incorporate flowers and other natural aspects to warm up the living areas and keep the home smelling great by baking cookies or grinding a lemon in the garbage disposal. If you have pets, you should ensure that you’ve removed pet hair from the furniture and hidden items like food bowls and toys. Don’t forget to improve your curb appeal by mowing your lawn, pruning trees and cleaning your front porch.

Get the House Sold

While most home buyers will use different online resources to find homes, real estate agents will likely still host open houses. During an open house, an agent will show the house to multiple potential buyers instead of simply one at a time. This can make it easier for you to keep the house tidy as you prepare for the scheduled tour. As the seller, it’s recommended that you give the buyers space to go through the house. If you have children or pets, then you should definitely get them out of the house so they don’t distract buyers or get underfoot while the real estate agent is trying to show buyers your home’s attributes.

Showing your home in the best light is essential to getting a quick and profitable sale. You should make use of these easy tips to attract the buyers you’re hoping to find.

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