Get the most out of your listing and show your property at its maximum potential.
Make your home stand out from the crowd with staging tips from The Packer Group.
Home staging can be easy and inexpensive. With a small investment of time, effort, and often minimal cost, you can help your home sell for top dollar in record time.
Staging is all about appealing to the most potential buyers as possible. Staging helps a buyer to create an emotional connection with a property, and removes barriers to envisioning themselves living in your home. One of the most common misconceptions homeowners have is that staging is not necessary, and the buyer would have purchased the house regardless. However, statistics have proven that not only does a home sell more quickly after being staged, but also at a higher value.
Jami Natale, Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) Member
1. Boost your curb appeal
Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:
- House exterior in good repair
- Freshly painted front doors with new mailbox and visible house numbers
- Clean siding, walkways and front porch
- Summer time: mow lawn and add flowers and fresh mulch
- Winter time: cleared sidewalks and walk/driveways, boot tray inside front door
2. Eliminate the excess
One of the easiest ways to turn off a potential buyer is to have your home overrun by stuff. One of the biggest differences you can make in your home’s appearance is getting rid of or hiding things that do not serve a purpose.
- Remove knicknacks and collectibles.
- If you’re not using it now, or plan to not take it with you to your new home, get it gone.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris
This may have been your family home for years or decades, but when you sell your home, you want the buyer to easily envision making memories of their own there.
- Pre-pack personal/sentimental items.
- Remove family pictures and neutralize the room.
4. Clear off counter and table space
- Counters should be clutter free with only minimal appliances and containers.
- Vases, flowers, clocks, or other limited decorative items can add warmth, but use sparingly.
- Set tables with a nice setting, or simply have a small centerpiece.
5. Eliminate unnecessary furniture
- Make sure a room looks like what it is designed to be (i.e. have a bed in a bedroom, having a dining table in a dining room).
- Have a minimal amount of furniture in each room. Too many items in one roomcan make it feel smaller than it actually is.
6. Clean! (Put an emphasis on bathrooms & kitchen)
- Replace old caulk. Brighten grout with bleach or grout cleaner.
- Clean windows and sills in and out, removing any dead bugs.
- Dust ceiling fans, mirrors, chandeliers, and artwork. Remove cobwebs from corners.
7. Light Remodel – Replace flooring where needed
- Buyers are often unwilling to buy homes with soiled capet, worn-down hardwood, cracked tiles, or dirty grout.
8. Put up a fresh coat of paint
- Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to breathe new life into a room.
- Buyers do not want to tackle your “honey-do” list. If you’ve been noticing your walls could use paint, they will too!
9. Replace outdated light fixtures
- This is another relatively inexpensive way to best showcase your home. At the bare minimum, all fixtures should be functional, with the brightest wattage bulb allowed.