How exactly do I stage my home? What items should I feature and what should I leave out? How much does it typically cost to stage a house? Those are a few of the questions you may have asked yourself if you are in the process of listing your home on the market. When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best for the potential buyers who walk through the door. Home staging is decorating and highlighting your home’s most impressive assets. Stage where it counts. Focus on the rooms that have the biggest influence on a buyers decisions. And remember, it takes more than running the vacuum and wiping the counters down to impress a potential home buyer.
Here are some key points to consider when staging your home.
- Make your entry way stand out – If people spot problems on the outside of your home, they may not even want to take a look inside. This includes your yard, front door and walkway.
- Eliminate clutter – Papers on the kitchen counter can be a real eye sore when showing your home. Even overfilled closets can be seen as clutter and turn off a buyer. Keep the personal items to a minimum so it doesn’t cause distraction from admiring the actual room.
- Don’t overcrowd – Remove extra pieces of furniture from your rooms. The more the merrier does not apply when it comes to showing your home. Overcrowding can make a room look much smaller than it is.
- Take advantage of natural light – Let natural light fill the room. You’re trying to sell the house, not the drapes. Light gives the illusion of a bigger space. If the room is still dark, add lamps or change light bulbs to brighten up the room.
- Use the rule of threes when accessorizing – Don’t get carried away when decorating. Never use more than 3 of any one item.
- Get rid of odors – If you’re a smoker or have pets, it’s important to get rid of odors. Open the windows right before showing the house. Don’t overpower by using air fresheners, many are too strong, and can suggest you are covering up a smell.
- Clean, clean, and clean some more – You want every square inch to shine. That includes the baseboards, corners of the ceilings and everywhere in between. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your refrigerator and dust the blinds too.
How much does staging cost?
First, you need to be careful to not spend so much that you cannot recoup your expenses. If you purchase furniture that will be used to stage this home, you can always use it in your new home, or try selling it with the home, so that’s a plus! Keep in mind, you may also need to spend some money on storage cost. All in all, don’t spend more than 1% of the property’s market price on fixing up and staging your home.
Courtesy of McCall Real Estate Company