Before potential buyers step foot in your door, it is a good idea to stage your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, “Seventy-seven percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.” The process of staging can seem overwhelming sometimes. The good news is… You don’t have to be a professional decorator to make your home look show-ready! Here are 5 essential tips to help you stage your home:
- Clean and Declutter…Everywhere:
Of course, you will want to clean your home’s main living spaces thoroughly. But don’t forget that buyers will likely glance in your closets and cupboards too. Make sure the entire house, including the yard, looks immaculate. Also, declutter spaces like shelves and counters that tend to build up random items over time. Less is definitely more.
- Don’t Forget About The Smell:
Although it may be easy to forget about, the smell of your home really makes a difference. Joni Rentz, co-founder of StylHaus, advises, “Splurge on a great scented candle. This isn’t where you can go cheap ― scent is everything. Done right, they make a room feel warm and inviting.” One great option is to bake some cookies before a showing! Your buyers will love you for it.
- Take Advantage of Natural Light:
When it comes to staging, light will be your best friend. One of the quickest and most effective ways to add more light to your home is through natural light. Open those curtains! Your home will immediately feel brighter and friendlier. Still need more light? Hang up some mirrors on the opposite wall from your windows to maximize your natural light’s potential.
- Depersonalize Your Living Spaces:
Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves living in your house. Having too many personal photos and items can make it hard for them to feel at home. That being said, you don’t want your house to feel like no one lives there either. Keep fruit on the counter, display books on the shelves, or even add some live plants to your spaces.
- Use Neutral Paint Colors:
Everyone has their own style. But the safest way to appeal to the majority of buyers is to stick with “safe,” neutral colors on your walls. A light grey or beige is usually a good choice, but try to stick with popular, up-to-date shades. You can add pops of color through artwork, pillows, and other decorative items to liven up each room.
Remember, you don’t have to completely renovate your entire home in order to beautifully stage it. If you feel like you need some help, a team member from The Easling Team can guide you through the process or refer you to some of our favorite professional home stagers. Good luck staging your home!
National Association of Realtors: https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/profile-of-home-staging