The secret to selling your home at top dollar is Home Staging! When you prepare your home for sale, home staging can help highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the largest possible pool of prospective buyers. Small changes can make a big difference. Here are some quick, inexpensive tips to get your space in tip-top shape.
Bye, Bye Clutter
Getting rid of excess clutter is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale. Having too much furniture and decorative accessories are two major factors that contribute to a cluttered look. If you bring in a professional home stager, be prepared for them to whisk away as much as 50% of the furnishings and extra décor. If you’re on a budget and need a DIY tip, take a hard look around and ask yourself, what can I live without?
Show off Storage Space
Decluttering you living space does not mean storing all that extra décor and accessories in your closets and/or basement. You should say bye, bye to extra clutter in your extra storage spaces too. Having a place to store excess items is always on the top of a new buyers list. Showing off the extra space you have will help sell your house.
You have our permission to move furniture, artwork and decorative accessories among rooms. Just because you bought that accent table for behind your sofa doesn’t mean it would look just as good perched under a window with a vase and flowers. Trying moving furniture around to make your space look larger.
While playing musical furniture, be sure not to over crowd your space. For years it has always been a misconception that to make a room feel larger you should push all your furniture against a wall. This couldn’t be more false! Instead, trying floating your furniture away from the walls and in cozy conversational groups. Be sure to keep large pathways through the room, and place the pieces together so that the traffic flow is obvious. Not only will this make your space seem more user-friendly, but it will appear much larger.
Transform Junk Rooms
Do you have a room that servers solely as extra storage? Focus on re-purposing it into something that will add value to your home. Again, this can be done while playing musical furniture. Don’t leave it up to the buyer to visualize what the space could be. Move an arm chair, ottoman, small table and lamp into the space to create a cozy reading nook. Or set up a table, chair, book shelf and task lighting to create a simple office environment.
Lighting, lighting, lighting
Lighting is the key to making you home look warm and welcoming. As it turns out, many of our homes have improper lighting. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures in a room. And definitely don’t depend on only ceiling lighting. Change out light bulbs to aim for a total of 100 watts per 50 square feet. Also make sure your rooms have at least two of these three types of lighting:
- Ambient: overhead or general
- Task: pendants, under-cabinet or reading
- Accent: table lamps and wall sconces
Having the right type of lighting in the space can make all the difference.
Paint any bold colored walls a fresh neutral color. It helps tone down any dated finishes in the space and can increase any offers you receive. Beige can be boring, but these days, the definition of neural isn’t just beige. You can select warm tans, honey or even a soft blue green. Try Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – a gray with a mix of beige to give a timeless, classy appearance.
Decorating in odd numbers – and the number three specifically – create interest. An odd number of details is more effective at capturing your gaze. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the grouping – and by extension, the room. Here are a few places to try odd numbers in your home:
- Objects on a countertop or surface. Within any group there should be hierarchy – a set of three works best when there’s some variation in height, shape or size.
- The number of patterns mixed in a room. The rule of pattern mixing – choose three patterns that all share a common color scheme, and put them in a 60/30/10 approach.
- Groupings of furniture. There’s a reason the classic “sofa and two chairs” works well.
- Photos on a wall. If you’ve got a gallery wall at home and it’s just not working, count the frames. If you have an even number remove one or add one to make the wall pop.
While you’re doing on this work inside, don’t forget the outside! After all the outside is what makes the first impression. A buyer can make up their mind in about 30 seconds as they approach the front door. Clean it up! You don’t have to go overboard, but consider painting your front door, fixing up light fixtures and trim any oversize, overgrown foliage.
You main goal is to make the potential buyers feel like they could drop their bags and move right in. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and make a game plan to stage your home to sell.