Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Some buyers see an empty home like a blank canvas ready to be painted, while others might find it daunting. Good staging can help buyers imagine themselves...their furniture, their dog, their life... in that home.
Bring on the warm, fuzzy feelings and the sales contract to sign!
What does staging a house mean?
It's a process of decorating and furnishing a home to make the house look it's best while on the market.
Tips on Staging a Home
Cleaning and removing items that don't necessarily need to be out like personal items, remotes, extra blankets, etc. A clean room can make an area look bigger! Remove any worn, oversized, or extremely taste-specific furnishings, leaving a spacious, neutral palette for the buyer's imagination.
Crank up the lighting:
Make sure the curtains are open and there is proper lighting. Adding additional lamps or even changing light bulbs to different color temperatures or wattage can help.
Work on curb appeal:
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Get buyers in the door by making sure the lawn is mowed, windows are clean, plants are well kept, and walkways and driveways are power-washed.
And if this is all too much to handle... Hire a professional!
There is more we didn't even cover, like renting furniture, knowing your buyer audience, and even dealing with pets!
Luckily there are Home Staging Professionals who can help you! Ask your Principal Broker, other brokers, or even Google to track one down.