Selling your home is often a mixed bag of emotions. While there can be sadness over leaving your home, there can also be feelings of excitement for moving on to a new chapter of your life. Over the years, you’ve turned your house into a home, and it’s full of memories of your time there. The way you’ve designed and decorated it all speaks to that.
However, that love that you have in your house was built over time. People considering buying it don’t have the same attachment. So how do you make them love it as much as you do?
Home staging effectively highlights your home’s features and shows off all of its potentials. Home staging can involve many things. It can mean significant renovations and complete landscaping or rearranging furniture, purging and cleaning. It can be a considerable investment or low cost.
If you’re planning to sell your home, staging is a must. Find out some of the best tips and tricks for home staging and figure out which strategies are most effective that will help make your home stand out from the crowd.
From power washing your home to tidying up your gardens, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your exterior.
Curb appeal is essential to focus on because it’s the first impression that your home gives to potential buyers. You want the photos of your home to grab buyers’ interest, and often buyers drive by a house before seeing the inside. In both scenarios, the last thing you want is for people to think your home isn’t worth a second look.
Keep your yard neat and tidy. Depending on the time of year, that can mean grass cutting, planting flowers, shovelling snow, or taking leaves. Another important aspect to focus on is your roof. If it has damaged or missing shingles, contact your local roofing company to fix it up and make it look new.
Other things you can do include adding lighting, like fairy or solar lights, and updating the hardware of your home – house numbers, mailbox, door handle, porch light fixture – so they look shiny and new. Be sure to stick to complementary styles rather than mixing and matching.
We tend not to realize how many belongings we accumulate over time. In fact, when moving homes, many people significantly underestimate the size of the truck they’ll need. When selling your home, it’s vital to declutter these belongings before pictures are taken, and buyers come through.
Decluttering is key for several reasons. First, fewer objects and belongings will make your home seem bigger. Even if your home isn’t crammed full of stuff, more objects take up more space, and it can have a significant impact visually. Second, clutter can distract buyers who are looking at your home. When buyers come through, you want them to focus on the house itself.
That’s why it’s essential to remove and pack away personal belongings. Family photos, knick-knacks, religious symbols and anything personal should be packed away so buyers focus on what the house will like for them.
There are people who are on the side of doing major renovations before selling a house and people who aren’t, but one thing everyone should do is take care of minor repairs. Spend some time fixing loose door handles, a running toilet or a leaky faucet.
While you’re at it, it’s a great time to do some easy and quick refreshes. Installing new light fixtures and cabinet handles and putting on a fresh coat of neutral paint can do wonders for giving your home a fresh look.
The Big Clean
Before the pictures are taken, and throughout the entire time your home is on the market, keeping it clean is the number one priority. However, this doesn’t mean your regular cleaning. This is the clean like you’ve never cleaned before type of clean. You never know where buyers will look. They’ll open drawers, look behind things, inspect closets and turn on fans. It’s important to clean every nook and cranny of your home and keep everything spic and span to show off your home in the best light and impress buyers.
Follow these tips for getting your home listing ready and be amazed at how impressive it looks.