Staging a property is vital to ensure you can compete with the modern market. The buyers are slowing down, and property prices are unstable, so if you want to sell your home for as much as possible, you need to put in some work to make it worth it.
Staged homes sell faster than their unstaged counterparts while also taking in more money from the sale: but you have to do it right. If you don’t, you could end up hurting your property’s value.
These are the top points to know if you’re staging your home and how to make a difference in your property’s value and appearance.
Regardless of whether a home is five years old or over a hundred, buyers want to feel like they’re the first people who have ever lived there. They don’t want to picture other people using the kitchen in the home’s past or who else may have used the bath that they’re climbing into.
Deep clean every room and surface of your home. Start from the highest points and work your way down through the house. This will save you from the heartache of watching endless dirt and grim fall to the freshly mopped floor while you clean ceiling fans.
Powerwash your home’s exterior, starting with sidewalks and driveways and the work on the brick cladding or siding you have. Make sure to avoid spraying up into wood shingles or against any windows or glass.
What areas of your home need to be treated like showstoppers? Use lighting, furniture placement, and even wall art to guide eyes toward the locations of your property where you want them to look.
This could mean showing off higher ceilings, using under-cabinet lighting to show off the amazing counters in your kitchen, or using acoustic panels to make bedrooms feel quiet and secluded for rest. Although this can take a little creativity, it’s a great way to boost the perceived value of your home.
Unless you have a household of brand-new furniture already, it’s time to consider renting new items. You should make your space look comfortable and inviting but still fresh and new.
Although you could always buy new furniture pieces, the amount of work that goes into having to sell them after, usually for a loss, can be frustrating. Renting the furniture lets you spend less, work less, and typically get sets that already make sense together.
Curb appeal is as much a part of staging as filling your home with furniture is! If your property is spooky looking on the outside, nobody is going to want to take the time to find out that the inside is like paradise.
This is an incredibly affordable fix for most homeowners. Put in the time to mow and edge your grass, pull weeds, trim shrubs, and put in some plants and flowers that complement your property. Make a property that will show up well on photos of your home in listings.
From looking up different drywall corner bead types to color-matching wood stains, you need to take the time to make repairs so your home won’t scare buyers away. Consider having a home inspection ahead of time so you can get some pointers on what changes to make and what to avoid. Every property is different, but most buyers want one with as little work as possible.
If you’re trying to figure out how to make your stone veneer fireplace stand out, it’s time to put color to work! Color is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal, giving people feelings and ideas that they don’t even recognize the origin of.
Green is soothing, red makes people hungry, and muted blue can boost creativity, so spread these throughout the home in a tasteful way. Remember to avoid making any room too busy or clashy.
If you have a cool-toned stone fireplace, go for a cool-toned wall behind it, with maybe just a little more vivid color to make them both stand out.
Your porch should leave people begging to see the rest of the home! Add a fresh coat of paint to any wood, update the lighting, add a bench or other seating, and some simple decor to boost it a little.
If you don’t have a full porch, you can still dress up your home’s entrance so it feels special, even if that means a seasonal wreath to match whatever time of year it is. You want buyers to feel like they’re invited and wanted inside the home.
When you’re ready to sell, it’s time to pull out all of the stops. Stage your home with a professional company that knows what they’re doing, and watch your property fly off the market in no time!
– Sam Willis
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource.