When it comes to buying a new home, most buyers have a dream of purchasing a home that looks as though it should be on a magazine cover. Even though this sounds unrealistic, it is important to do everything you can to make your home as appealing as possible. This does not necessarily mean that you need to hire an interior designer to completely reinvent your home, but staging can make a significant difference in helping to set your home apart from others on the market.
1. Focus on the Exterior
Keep in mind that the exterior of your home is what buyers will see first, so it is important to focus your efforts there. If a buyer does not like what they see when they approach your home, nothing else will matter. Along with maintaining the landscaping and lawn, it is also important to power-wash the siding of your home. A fresh coat of paint on the shutters is also a good idea. New accessories, such as a wreath or a doormat can also add a warm touch.
One of the most common mistakes that many people make when getting ready to sell their home is leaving far too many personal belongings and elements of style in their home. A variety of different types of people will view your home and your style likely will not suit all of them. In order to ensure that your home will appeal to as many prospective buyers as possible, it is best to maintain a neutral design. Family photos as well as statement decorations should be packed away. When it comes to choosing colors, opt for traditional and neutral hues over trendy tones.
3. No Bare Walls
While it is important to remove personal elements, do not go too far. Leave a few classic pieces on the walls to keep your home looking lived in. Ideally, it is best to choose artwork that will complement the colors already used in the room.
4. Use Furniture to Create Groupings
It is not uncommon for sellers to attempt to make a small room look more spacious by pushing the furniture against the wall. The problem with this approach is that it creates a giant opening in the middle of the room and results in an unfinished look. Instead, a better approach is to create furniture groupings. For instance, consider creating a reading nook or a space for watching TV. Think about the intended use when grouping furniture, but while also ensuring there are direct pathways.
5. Maximize Space with Paint
The right choice of paint color can make a significant difference in terms of making a room appear more spacious, as well. When you need a room to appear larger, consider painting it the same color as the room to which it adjoins. Matching colors help to create a seamless look and establish one open space. Keep in mind that bold colors usually make a statement but can also create a smaller feel. Likewise, lighter colors reflect sunlight and create a more open, airy feeling.
6. Use Additional Lighting
Lighting can also make a significant difference. Whenever possible, try to add more lighting. It is also a good idea to play up natural light, especially when a showing is scheduled.
7. Ensure Every Space Is Clearly Defined
While it is common for many homes to have a room that is used for multiple functions or even for storage, when you are trying to sell your home, you need to make sure that every space has a clearly defined use. Begin by determining the function that the space should have and then declutter. In most instances, you can add just a few basic pieces to ensure that the space is well defined.
8. Never Assume That a Space Will Not Be Used
If you assume that a buyer will not look in a space, you can be assured that they will. Do not make the mistake of trying to tidy up at the last minute before a showing by throwing clutter in spaces where you think buyers will not look. Remember that the buyer is trying to envision whether they can live in the home. Most buyers are not afraid to open cabinet doors and closets or even to look in storage spaces. Always ask yourself whether you would feel comfortable showing a space. If the answer is no, then it is probably time to clean and organize.
9. Take Advantage of Storage to Organize Personal Items
If you will still be living in your home while it is for sale, you need to make certain that all of your personal items will not clutter up the place while buyers are present. An easy way to solve this problem is to make sure you have proper storage.
10. Make the Most of Special Touches
A few special touches can go a long way toward making your home stand out from others. For instance, consider placing a few fresh flowers in a vase on the dining room table.
Staging does not have to take a huge budget or a lot of time in order to create a great impression with buyers.