When you’re in the market to get your home sold, there are lots of things you need to do to prepare to sell. Everything from finding the right agent to getting the house inspected, selling can indeed be a lengthy process before getting to the fun part.
There’s a fun part?
Well, the fun part is technically finding a qualified buyer, but before you can get to that part, you have to make your house appealing to buyers, aka, stage your home… and that’s the fun part. When staging your home, it’s fun because you get to explore different types of design styles outside your own.
True enough, staging your home means it will be a pretty neutral design style, but that’s only because you don’t want it personalized; You want home buyers to go to your house showing and be able to see themselves living there, ultimately. So, that means you need to stage your home with the buyer in mind.
In addition to the home improvements you need to make before selling your home, you must also keep these staging techniques in mind as well.
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Staging Techniques to Make Your Home Desirable to Home Buyers
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
When selling your home, the goal is to get potential buyers in your home to see the interiors, right? But in order to get them inside your home, you first need to get them interested from the outside of your home, thus, “curb appeal.”
There are many different ways to boost your home’s curb appeal but some of the first things you want to do include:
- Keep the lawn trimmed and lush (front and backyard)
- Invest in quality patio furniture (you can take with you to your new home)
- Pressure wash your house and driveway
- Update your mailbox
- Plant vibrant flowers
- Update your hardware
These are just a few ways to boost your home’s curb appeal to attract buyers. It’s also important to note that you don’t always have to hire a professional stager to stage your home either. All of these curb appeal tips are things you can do on your own or with the help of professional contract services.
In every bathroom in your home, you want to give it a fresh, spa-like feel. To do that, consider staging with these ideas in mind:
- White decorative towels and rugs
- A fresh-scented candle
- Clean floors, mirrors, windows, tub/shower, etc.
- Green plant
- Declutter all personal items and store in cabinets and drawers
- Apothecary jars with toiletries
In staging your bathrooms, you want to keep things extremely neutral, and white is the best color for that not only because it symbolizes cleanliness but white is also reminiscent of a luxury hotel bathroom. And the best part is that these are inexpensive touches that can give that welcoming feel that home buyers are looking for.
Outside of your living room, your kitchen is the room most people gather in the most. Why? Because it’s where the food is! They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and if that’s the case, then it’s even more important that you dedicate a sizable amount of your time and budget to updating it. According to Trulia, the kitchen and the master bathroom are the top two rooms in a home that sell homes the most.
So, when looking at your budget and the top ways to stage your kitchen, consider these options. Also, note that these staging tips do not include home improvements like installing hardwood floors or updating cabinets. Here’s how to stage your kitchen:
- Clean kitchen windows
- Organize contents of drawers and cabinets
- Declutter and clear counters. (The only appliances you should keep on the counter is a coffee maker and pasta/flour jars)
- Set out a bowl of fruit
- Shine the faucet and stove
- Remove all odd smells
- Add fresh flowers to the kitchen table or counter
- Set out a neat stack of cookbooks
All of these staging tips are ones you can do on your own without the help of a professional stager and you can use your own furniture and accessories to do so. In addition to home renovations and improvements like updating hardware, cabinets, wall paint, and flooring, these simple staging techniques are sure to make your house more appealing and make buyers put in an offer.