At Tish Flooring we’ve learned quite a bit from our Realtor friends over the course of 25 years. Not the least of which is confirmation the old saying, ‘you never get a second chance at a first impression’. That’s why putting your home on the market and presenting it at an Open House can be a little hair-raising.
We’ve learned that, for home sellers, the primary goal is for potential buyers who attended the Open House to leave with a deep desire to make an offer – immediately. If you’re a seller, the deck is stacked in your favor with basic strategic planning, cosmetic updates, and a little good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Here are 9 home staging tips that are guaranteed to help you sell your home!
Choose sophisticated neutral decorations, paint colors and floors
The Open House is an opportunity for potential buyers to envision making the property their own. To be straightforward, the property is a product for purchase in this regard. If the home is filled with loud colors or too many personal effects, family photos, etc., it can be a distraction. Reducing wall and floor clutter and introducing neutral paint and carpet colors (beige, light grey, mocha, eggshell) will allow both unify and open the spaces and create a clean ‘palette’.
Scrub and clean from top to bottom
Visitors and potential buyers can be quickly put off with a dirty house. Make sure your home is ready for its close-up! Pull out all the stops and leave no stone unturned, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Dust shelves and furniture; sweep all floors spaces and corners; scrub grime build-up in showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, and appliances. All surfaces should be gleaming and looking as close to new as possible. Buyers expect it.
Get your floors looking great
While you are doing your deep clean, give your floors some love, too. Hire a professional carpet cleaning company to spot treat and brighten up your carpet. This is especially important if you have pets so you can get deep into the fibers to remove hair and dander. For hardwood floors, use the proper cleaning agents and give them a good sweep.
Update dated décor
Is your home still rockin’ shag carpet, cheap wood paneling or tacky wallpaper? There’s retro and then there’s dated. Most home buyers aren’t looking for dated. Give your floors and walls a 21st Century update. Replace shag carpet with stylish and elegant patterned or textured plush carpet. That wood paneling may be dated, but certain laminate or wood flooring products installed has become an increasingly popular design effect. It adds character and richness to a space such as an accent wall in a nook, Study, or living space that otherwise feels bland.
Open up your flow by rearranging your furniture
Open floor plans that have ample light and breathing room are extremely attractive to homeowners. Give your home a new flow and sense of volume by rearranging your furniture in a way that opens traffic areas and promotes movement.
Clear away clutter
Even though it is your home, you want your personal imprint on it to be as minimal as possible. Prospective buyers value a blank palette on which to build their vision for their future home as they walk through. They will have a hard time doing that if mess, clutter, or personal items are in full view. If you need to make a major overhaul in cleaning and de-cluttering, box and store your miscellaneous personal effects elsewhere or in a dedicated storage space if possible. Tossing them haphazardly in a closet won’t suffice.
Stage the outside
The property exterior really is the first of the first impressions. Patio furniture should be thoroughly cleaned and free of leaves, rust, or significantly worn or damaged. If it is in poor condition consider removing it or throwing it away altogether. Straighten up your fire pit; make sure it looks inviting and ready for the next marshmallow roast. Make sure the grass is cut, flower beds or garden are looking great, and bushes are freshly trimmed and manicured. A welcoming exterior will set the mood for a successful Open House.
Appeal to the sense of smell
So, you’ve va-voomed visitors with visuals (pardon the alliteration there). Now elevate the Open House with the essence of flora or other fragrances. We’ve been told that candles that infuse the scent of brownies or fresh baked chocolate chip cookies have a calming effect. For that matter, a few plates of these goodies available for visitors to enjoy during their visit to their future home (let’s hope!) would be another detail to tip the scales in the seller’s favor. There is a lot of competing inventory out there; every little detail you can include to differentiate your property is important.
Hire a professional home stager
If you really want to knock your home showing out of the park, you could consider bringing in a professional home stager. More than likely your Realtor will know just who to direct you to. He or she will know just how to create a home atmosphere irresistible to prospective buyers in your particular neighborhood.
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