When you’re selling a home, potential buyers must be able to visualize themselves in your home. This is why so many sellers take the time to “stage” their property. This generally involves decluttering and de-personalizing the space to make it feel more spacious and more neutral. Extensive home staging can take a lot of time and effort, and while professional stagers are out there, that’s not an expense that many people want to pay for. Instead, try some of these simple and inexpensive home staging tips to sell your home faster and, potentially, for more money.
Focus on the Most Important Areas
First of all, it’s essential to know that not all areas of your home are created equal when it comes to staging; individual rooms have a more significant impact than others. Generally speaking, you want to focus on the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. These rooms are the most critical areas for potential buyers, so they should get the most attention.
While you should certainly make an effort to keep all areas of your home neat during showings, you don’t need to worry too much about staging the bathrooms, kids’ bedrooms, and other such rooms in the house.
Declutter, De-personalize, and Deep Clean
As already mentioned, the primary purpose of staging is to allow potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. That’s hard for them to do when you have lots of knick-knacks and tons of personal photos all over the place. Start by decluttering your home—and yes, this includes closets and cupboards, as buyers will look everywhere. Put what you can into storage, and make sure whatever’s left is thoroughly organized.
Takedown the majority of your family photos and other personal items. Please make use of any neutral décor you might have, but it’s okay to have minimal decoration when staging. If you have a room with a lot of furniture, consider storing some of that too.
And, of course, deep clean your home from top to bottom!
Patch It Up
While you’re cleaning, look for anything that needs to be touched up or repaired. This might include scuffed baseboards, cracked switchplate covers, or broken tiles. While they may seem like minor things to you, fixing up these small items can show that your home is well cared for and make a great overall impression. These fixes are often straightforward, too, so you can easily do them yourself without worrying about a repairman’s cost. With these fixes and the other tips mentioned above, your home will be looking its best when the buyers start flooding in!