When selling your home the last thing you’re going to want to do is to make it look perfect after all of the stress of paperwork and decision making. To make this process a little easier here is a complete guide on how to stage your home from curb appeal to storage spaces.
The very first thing that will catch a potential buyer’s eye is curb appeal. The way your home appears from the street is what either attracts buyers or turns them away. A few simple measures you can take to attract buyers from a first glance is power washing siding and walkways, planting fresh greenery and blooming flowers, washing glass on windows and staining the wood on front porches.
Then once you get buyers to come in, the first room that will likely be viewed when walking through your home is the living room. It is important to stage the living room to feel cozy and clean because this room is a place where the entire family spends a lot of time. The first step you can take to stage your living room is to remove clutter, a room can feel very small when there is too much furniture, remove any furniture that is out of place or doesn’t fit the aesthetic of the room. When accessorizing a living room always follow the rule of three. When it comes to pleasing the eye, threes are prime. For the best effect use one unifying element between the accessories such as color, shape or texture. Nothing can make a living space look more fresh than a new coat of paint, it is a cheap and easy way to bring a whole new feel to an old space. Don’t be afraid to experiment out of your comfort zone with colors, especially darker tones of color, which can surprisingly make a room feel especially intimate.
The next room that is a selling point for buyers is the kitchen, new versus old kitchen appliances can make or break a sale. However there is a trick to bringing up the value of your home through the kitchen without spending a lot of money on new appliances. Instead of going out and buying a new dishwasher for example, try only buying a new front panel for it, this fix is inexpensive but gives appliances a modern, new look. Lighting in a kitchen is also very important, buyers are going to be looking for a well lit area to fit their cooking needs. Changing light bulbs is an easy and affordable fix, when choosing lighting follow the rule of 100 watts for every 50 square feet of space.
Bedrooms are another very crucial space to stage well when trying to sell your home, as far as the master bedroom goes you want to create a gender-neutral space. Using things like crisp linens and tasteful artwork will help a master bedroom appeal to everyone. When it comes to staging children’s bedrooms it is smart to clean up all of the toys and clutter. If your home has more than a couple bedrooms it is likely that families with children will be walking through, it may sway these buyers to see a beautifully organized children’s room. For bedrooms it is key to find a balance between clean and lived in, get rid of clutter but make sure you’re not making bedrooms too bare, you want buyers to be able to picture themselves living in these rooms.
Finally the most underrated yet still equally important spaces in your home are those used for storage. Open up closets, buyers will definitely want to take a peek inside of these spaces and this can be a major selling point. Often only 20-30% of open space in closets and storage spaces will create the illusion that the area is very spacious. Make sure to transform spaces so that each and every room has a purpose, this will bring up the overall value of your home.
Hopefully after these few tips the process of staging your home will be simpler and more enjoyable. Who knew by replacing light bulbs or adding a fresh coat of paint the value of your home could increase substantially and potentially sell faster, this is why the staging process is so important.