Staging your home can be compared to getting yourself dressed in the morning. You take your time to ensure everything matches and looks good together, as well as the rest of your morning routine that you must complete before going into public settings. Staging your house for a quick sale is just like that; everything must look good and be appealing to the people coming in to look at it.
If that does not make sense, it is OK. Most people have no idea how important the staging process really is. Below you will find some tips and tricks to help you create a home people want to buy on sight.
First Impressions Are Everything
When the potential buyer pulls up to the house, they will judge the entire house from what they see before they even get out of the vehicle. That may not be a fair assumption for them to make, but it is the reality of human observation. You need to get everything looking good for them from the start.
- Lawn – Keep everything mowed and trimmed up. If you have sections of weeds growing up in between the concrete walkway, spray weed killer on them and remove them from the site.
- Flowers – Flower beds can be a gorgeous addition to the front of any home, or they can be an eyesore that makes people cringe. Get the flower beds all cleaned up and looking good. Depending on the temperatures, you may want to buy some near-blooming plants and add them in for some color if your others are not yet open up.
- Landscaping – If you have any rocks, bark, flower fencing, bricks, or other decorative landscaping, get it set back up to look great. If you need to make a few changes do it while you are in the yard.
- Paint – Unless the paint on the outside is peeling and falling off, you will not need to add a coat or two to it. It is a good idea to scrape and paint all of the trim around the top of the house and along with the doors and windows.
Walk to the front of your house, take your shoes off, and put one on for potential buyers. Look over the front of the house and give yourself an accurate analysis of it. If there is something that looks bad to you, a stranger looking to buy it will see it even worse. If it looks terrible, fix it. You want it to look like one of the excellent display homes for sale that you can drive by and check out.
Remove The Clutter And Clean
People who come to the house for a walk-through will not want to walk around tons of clutter. If they see a house full of moving boxes, or dirty dishes, they will again judge the house by its appearance. Even if you are packing things up already, keep everything neat and tidy so potential buyers can check the investment out.
- Shampoo the carpets
- Clean the windows
- Haul out the garbages
- Clean the bathroom
- Clean the kitchen
- Haul out empty and full boxes
- Find a place for all the mail on the counter
- Put the clean dishes where they go
- Remove all personal items and pack (such as photos and trophies)
You get the point. You cannot expect to sell a home quickly if you do not have it looking great for the people coming in. Once again, put yourself in their shoes and use that viewpoint as your motivation.
Final Thoughts On Staging Your Home For Sale
If you want to sell your house quickly, you will need to have it look good from start to finish. Change how you look at things and adjust everything accordingly. You do not have to paint everything, add new tiles and countertops, or install new carpets unless they are truly in bad shape.
If everything looks brand new, it could backfire on you. Potential buyers may think that you are trying to hide something, and even though you tell them otherwise, it will be in their brains that they should walk away.
You need to find one if you are not working with an excellent real estate agent. They are trained to divert questions that could ruin a sale and switch their minds to something else that is positive and appealing. Let them do all the hard work while you sit back and continue living your life.