When selling your home, you want it to look its best for potential buyers. That’s where home staging comes in. Home staging is meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help the potential buyer see themselves living there. Use these simple home staging tips to entice buyers, improve sellability, and increase the value of your home.
The 5 Best Home Staging Tips
1. Make a Good First Impression
The first thing a buyer is going to see is the front entrance, so you want to make a good first impression. Consider these home staging tips to make a strong impact:
- Make the foyer welcoming and open.
- Remove any seasonal decorations.
- Hide utility items such as keyholders or coat racks.
- Consider a fresh coat of paint to walls close to the entryway.
- Keep decor simple, but make it warm and inviting.
2. Detach Yourself from the Property
One of your goals is to help prospective buyers visualize the space as their own. The quickest way to accomplish this is to detach yourself from the property. Here are some ideas of the items you might want to stow away.
- Pack up family photos (including framed pictures on walls and surfaces).
- Consider storing memorabilia (that includes the photos and artwork on the refrigerator).
- Hide personal keepsakes.
- Remove any overtly religious items.
It may seem odd to live that way for a bit, but it’s beneficial when it comes to buyers connecting with your property.
3. Stage to Scale
Make sure your furniture and accessories match the room in scale and proportion. You want buyers to feel like there’s room for the family to grow and to entertain guests. The last thing you want to do is dwarf a small room with large items and make it appear too small to live in comfortably. Also, if you have a huge family room with vaulted ceilings, you won’t want a small, low backed sofa and tiny ottoman coffee table.
The same principle applies to decorative pieces. Disproportionate odds and ends can make a room feel visually cluttered. Home stager and founder of Stylish Stagers, Tori Toth says “No piece should be smaller than a softball.”
4. Keep it Real
Avoid fake plants, flowers, food, TV screens, or computers. When a buyer sees a fake item, it communicates that this is not real, and most likely not their new home. Keep it real and forget the fake.
5. Open the Doors
It may seem like an obvious home staging tip, but we are all guilty of habitually closing doors. Closing doors can make a buyer miss spaces in your home. They may assume the closed door is a closet rather than a room to explore, or a staircase to the basement or upper floor. Before a showing, do a quick sweep to make sure everything is open and ready to go.
What Do You Think?
Did we miss any home staging tips that helped you sell a house? If so, let us know so others can gain some great ideas for their next showing. Be sure to share this article with others if you found it useful.
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