When you’re getting ready to sell your home, it’s important to take the layout of your home into consideration. Specifically, how do you have your home staged for everyday use? Most people have their home laid out for functionality, not for selling or for visual appeal. The moment the For Sale sign is stuck in your yard, you need to begin staging your home. There are simple ways to stage your home yourself so that you sell your home quickly.
Increase Curb Appeal.
Stage your porch and yard to increase your home’s curb appeal. You may not have much space because you live in a more metropolitan area, but consider placing a new potted plant and some clean porch furniture outside. It welcomes visitors and puts a fresh face on your home.
All of that extra stuff you’ve collected on your counters needs to go right away. If you don’t have much storage, ask a friend or family member if they wouldn’t mind housing some of your extra items while your home is For Sale, or even just for open house events. A well-placed bowl of fruit or bouquet of flowers in place of a stack of cook books can go a long way.
Use Neutral Colors.
Neutrals create an open and inviting space and welcome light into the home. Buyers can more easily imagine their own items in a space with gray walls than bright blue.
As cliche as it seems, your house should shine like it has never shined before. Buyers want to see your house at its best. That’s when they’ll want to buy it, and that’s how they’ll want to see it when they move in.
Make Use of All Those Awkward Spaces.
Do you have an awkward nook or space under the stairs that you’ve never known what to do with? Create a small working area or book nook. It’s creative and fun, and it makes buyers feel like they have a home they can make good use of.
Move Your Furniture.
Keep couches and tables away from and square with the walls. Stage your dining table for guests, and even bake a fresh batch of cookies. Visitors love a welcoming scent that reminds them of their own home.
Beware of Pet Odors.
Do one deep cleaning to rid any major odors, and make sure to stay on top of other, smaller cleanings. Hide old pet toys out of sight when you’re hosting an open house, or even put your pet’s items away when potential buyers are visiting.
Clean Your Kids’ Rooms.
While families are likely to visit when you’re selling the home, they want to imagine a clean space for their children. Make sure your kids’ toys are put away, and their rooms are staged just like the rest of the home.