1. Stage from the Outside In.
We've all heard that first impressions matter, and it is certainly true when selling a home in today's market. It doesn't matter if you have the most beautiful kitchen in the world; if the outside paint is peeling you'll have a tough time getting buyers in the door. Take a close look at the exterior of your home and make any necessary repairs before you put your home on the market. And, don't forget landscaping. Curb appeal is important!
2. Be Clutter Free.
Decluttering...where do you start? Face it, we all love our stuff and want it close just incase. The way I look at this part of staging a home is to think of it as "pre-packing". If you need those bookcases cleared and the family photos off the wall, just think of it as packing them away in preparation for the upcoming move. I recommend looking carefully at each room in your home and pack away all of those unnecessary items.
3. Stay Neutral: Make Each Room a Canvas.
The more neutral your color scheme, especially wall color, the easier it is for a potential buyer to come in and make it their own. Your red wall that is perfect for your sofa, is very likely an obstacle for the next owner. If your buget allows, it's ALWAYS a great idea to repaint the interior of your home, if for no other reason than it makes each room look fresh and clean. It is amazing what a little paint will do to the look and feel of a room.
Below is a list of items you should also concentrate on:
- Attention to small details provides an aura of confidence
- Treat buyer as you would yourself
- Focus on windows, carpeting & rugs
- Polish & clean stone, tile & wooden floors
- Pay special attention to bathrooms & kithens
- Be aware of odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc.
- Change carpeting where necessary
- Remove rather than mask potential problems