There are some simple steps you can take in order to make sure your home looks its best for photographs and showings, without breaking your bank. Staging your home will accent its best features and make every buyer fall in love. Take a look at the way furniture is laid out and make some changes that will appeal to everyone. Research some home décor photos and see if you can rearrange your look to match a style you find attractive. (Pinterest is a great place to start!) If you are stuck, there are staging companies that will come in and do it for you! Here is a video with more information on home staging.
The basic steps are:
Organize & Declutter
The first thing you need to do is clear up anything that is causing clutter around your house. Use it as a great excuse to get organized! Put things in a proper place and only leave out items that add to the overall décor of your home. Make sure you do this in every space in your house – closets, too!
This may seem like an obvious one, but the cleanliness of your home will certainly make an impression on anyone viewing the property. Make sure it is not only tidy, but free from dirt and dust! A few strategically placed candles or air fresheners can also add to the allure, and make a house feel more like a home.
Plant a few flowers, mow the lawn, spread new mulch, and make sure your home looks inviting from the outside! Something as simple as washing the windows or siding on the outside can make a huge difference. This is the first thing potential buyers see when they pull up to your house, so make a great first impression!
When thinking about colors and patterns, neutrals are always the most appealing to the eye. If you are considering a new paint job, pick neutral shades that will match any buyer’s furniture. That way, they can easily envision each room in their (hopefully) new home.
Let the light in! The brighter a space looks, the more inviting it seems. Open blinds, clean off anything that blocks natural light, and add some lamps to darker rooms.
Keep it Simple
You’ve heard the phrase a thousand times: Less is more. Well when it comes to presentation of a home it is definitely true. Do not feel like you have to leave out every piece of furniture and every knick-knack you own. And definitely do not feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of new things to put around the house. The less “stuff” a potential buyer has to look at, the better, because you want them to see the house as their new home, not all of your belongings.
Basically, make your home as inviting and attractive as possible. Your Realtor can help you with some suggestions, as well as a list of staging companies and decorators that may be able to help if you want to bring in the pros. Sometimes a few updates can have a huge impact on the overall appeal of a home, and that results in a top dollar sale for your home. Remember, you want a potential buyer to walk in and see it as their next dream home, so do your best to make them feel at home!