The art of staging a home is something many people have never even heard of, even if they have sold a home before. The premise is simple: arrange your home so that someone is more likely to purchase it. There are many ways to do this, some more time consuming than others, so I’ve broken them down into groups.
De-Personalize – when a potential buyer walks through your home, they need to see it as their own. This is difficult to do if there are pictures of you and the family everywhere. Pack the personal pictures away, along with the kid’s arts and crafts projects, to-do lists, etc. Items that you use on a daily basis can be slid into drawers, but everything else should be packed up.
Clear the Clutter – The bathroom counters, the front table when you walk in the door, it all needs to be cleared! Doing so opens up the rooms and makes everything look bigger. It’s likely that you’re still using these items from now until the big move, so get bins! Nothing fancy, often you can use bowls or containers you already have around the house. Leave one in each area and when a potential buyer is coming to look at the house, scoop everything into the bowl and store it away. Even better, keep everything in the bins at all times and only take the bins out when you need to use them!
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Thin It Out – Start packing early, go through your items and start getting rid of everything you no longer use. Throw away the trash, donate the unwanted items and pack everything that can go into storage. This makes closets and rooms look more spacious and have more appeal.
Perfect the Space – Rearrange furniture to fit the flow of each room, remember it’s no longer about functionality, it’s about looks. Straighten the books on the shelves, completely clear off all of the kitchen counters and end tables. The neater and cleaner a house looks, the more welcoming it is!
Sell This House!
Pack It Up – Rent a storage unit and pack up everything you don’t need in the short-term. Getting rid of all clutter and extra items will not only help you once moving day arrives, but the fewer items you have in your home, the more organized everything can become! If a room feels cramped, feel free to move some furniture into the storage unit, that can instantly make smaller spaces feel much larger. However, the house should still feel lived in, not empty! So you will likely keep most of the furniture in place.
Un-Decorate – That red wall you love or the eccentric light fixtures you hung can actually detract potential buyers. While they are easy for the new owners to change, you’d be surprised how many people get really distracted by the simple aesthetics of a place. Return your wall colors to neutral tones and keep your home furnishings to something that will appeal to the masses.