The first step in staging a home is to not do it yourself. Why, you ask? Because just like the person who lives next to a railroad track no longer hears the train that goes by at 2:00 AM in the morning, you no longer notice Gramma’s dresser you have so charmingly placed in the middle of your living room blocking the window. The first step in staging is to find a friend, neighbor, or Realtor who are committed to telling you the truth about what they see. Once you have done this, walk through the home with these tips in mind.
- Clutter needs to go. In most cases, go into the process expecting half of your belongings will need to be thinned from the home to truly let the size of the home and its features to shine through. The more space we have, the more we feel the need to fill it. Remember, Buyers are not buying your belongings and they need to be able to experience the home. Less truly is more.
- Consistency helps to tell the story. If you have different artwork throughout the house, try to maintain a consistent theme in rooms. Do not be shy about using a chair, pillows or vase from another room to bring balance.
- Having all your furniture to the outside walls may be great for a dance party, but as a general rule a thumb it is not a good idea for staging a home. You want to group your furniture away from walls and into conversational arrangements. People want to envision themselves hanging out with family and friends.
- Do you have rooms that are supposed to be bedrooms that are serving as weight rooms or a purpose other than what was intended? It is best to have your house appeal to a broad range of Buyers and have rooms be consistent with their intent. We were asked to sell a home in The Farm, near Melody Heights in Boulder, that had been listed for over a year by a well respected agent and did not sell. When we toured the home we quickly noted the rooms did not make sense. We brought in beds, organized the living spaces, raised the price from 1.2M to 1.4M and had the home under contract in 7 Days. Magic? No. Understanding the Buyers, yes.
- Lighting is very important when staging a home. This is not the time to pull out those low what bulbs. We want to shoot for a minimum of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Just like we feel better on a bright sunny day, Buyers feel better in bright homes.
- Neutral colors are appealing and open up the spaces of a home. If you have two smaller rooms that are adjoining paint them the same color to bring them together and allow the eye to wonder.
- Think outside the box when it comes to art and wall hangings. Everything in a straight line is boring. Bring in some excitement and creativity into your home with interesting arrangements.
- Just like in outside landscaping place items in groups of odd numbers. Our eye tends to need a focus point and with an odd number this works. Also when placing items think of placing them at the points of a triangle.
- The Master Bedroom is a huge selling point and you can add tremendous value just by updating you bed cover, pillows, and maybe adding a bench at the end of your bed to create a space of serenity and comfort.
- The same can be said for you Master Bath. Be sure to de-clutter, add fresh lush towels, a new shower curtain, fresh flowers or plants, and accents like candles can go along way by grabbing that emotional trigger for a quick sale.
- If your kitchen is dated you may not need to update your whole kitchen. New cabinet faces and painting the rest of the kitchen can go a long way.
There are other great tips to help you prepare your home, which we are happy to help you with, but these should get you started to having your home sell quickly and for the maximum price.