Any realtor will tell you that proper home staging is an important part of the selling process. You want your home to put its best foot forward and stand out among other properties when you place it on the market. Use this list's five home staging tips to help your home sell quickly and for the best possible price.
1. Improve your curb appeal
First impressions matter a great deal when you’re selling a home. You want your buyer to develop an instant connection when they see your listing online or when they arrive for an in-person showing. Your curb appeal will be your first and best opportunity to make this happen. There are a few ways that you can boost your home’s curb appeal, and they don’t require specialized knowledge or large amounts of cash. Start by cutting your grass and clearing any weeds from the flower bed. Your home should look like it has been well cared for in the past. If a potential buyer sees that your grass is overgrown or your flower bed has weeds, they may wonder if the state of disarray is a reflection of the overall condition of the home itself. Other tips include repainting street numbers, replacing your mailbox, or choosing a new color for your front door.
2. Clear any excess clutter
Most people believe that their homes will look larger if they push all the furniture up against the walls. The opposite is actually true. Your rooms and spaces will have a more open and functional appearance if you place an appropriate amount of distance between each piece of furniture and the walls. Most experts recommend that you place furniture at least four feet away from the wall. This ensures that everyone has plenty of space to move around the room. Each piece of furniture should also be eighteen inches away from the other. Depending on the current setup of your room and how much furniture you have, you may need to go ahead and move some things out as you begin staging your home. That’s okay because you aren’t staging your home to show off your things. You’re staging it so that a buyer can imagine themselves living inside.
3. Redesign your interior
Perhaps it’s been several months (or years) since you thought about the color scheme and the accent pieces in each room. Thinking critically about the design of each room will help spaces appear larger, brighter, and more inviting. This starts with thinking about the paint color on the walls. These will serve as the primary color in the design scheme of each room. Neutral colors such as white, beige, and gray are in right now. You could also paint your room a shade of blue, and it will pair well with many accent colors. Avoid red and pink if you can. Red creates a strong emotional reaction because our brains understand that red is a passionate hue. Pink is hard to pair with secondary colors because it commands so much attention on its own. After you pick a primary color, you can add in accent pieces such as furniture and wall decorations that pair well. If you choose to hang artwork, remember to keep it at an eye level so that it’s easy to notice.
4. Stage your kitchen like a pro
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms to stage effectively when selling your home. Many buyers will want to see your kitchen before anything else when they come inside. They understand that they will frequently spend time preparing meals and hosting guests in the kitchen. The first step in effective kitchen staging is clearing out anything that doesn’t need to be in there. Avoid the temptation to simply shove everything inside your kitchen cabinets without thinking about organization and clean presence. There’s a chance that the buyer might open up the cabinets to see how much space is inside, and you want things to appear neat and functional. If you have more than four to six chairs around your dining room table, move them out. You don’t want the space to appear overly cluttered or crowded. Once you have the right number of chairs, consider setting the table with plates, glasses, and forks. This helps your buyer picture what it could feel like to prepare to eat a meal in the space. Finally, don’t leave anything out on the countertops. The only exception is if you put out a potted plant or a bowl of fresh fruit. These items can give your kitchen a more natural feeling.
5. Make your master bathroom feel like a spa
At the end of a long day, you want your master bathroom to be a place where you can relax and pamper yourself. You can take steps when staging your master bathroom to make the space feel like a private spa. You could roll up a few white towels and place them on the countertop, or you could leave a bathrobe hanging near the bath or shower with a pair of white slippers sitting nearby on the floor. If you want to go further, leave a bottle of champagne sitting near two wine glasses. Buyers will instantly crave the opportunity to spend time in the space.
Teaming up with the Ohana Real Estate Team is another way that you can earn better profits when you sell your home. The Ohana Real Estate Team knows what it takes to position a home for a quick sale. They have spent years helping sellers market and stage their homes in a competitive market. They take the time to listen to your unique concerns and goals, and they work hard to ensure the process is tailored to your preferences. Contact them if you have more questions about selling a home or if you’re ready to take the next step.