When it comes to selling your home effectively and efficiently, home staging can truly make a difference in how the buyer places value on your home. A well-staged home can not only urge buyers to be more inclined to walk through the home that they viewed online, it can also help them visualize the property as their future home. Staging is an excellent tool that can give buyers the extra nudge that they need to purchase a home. Following is our guide to a successfully staged home!
Say Goodbye to Clutter
The single most important home staging element is to clean and organize your home in preparation for showings. Be sure to clean your home thoroughly, scrubbing the tile in the kitchen or bathrooms, steam clean carpets and drapes, and mend holes and cracks in the walls. You want your home to shine! A major contributor to a house feeling cluttered is too much furniture. Take a good hard look at your home and evaluate what things you can live without and how to create a feeling of spaciousness in your home.
Another important step in the home staging process is to depersonalize your home. When showing your house, you want your prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living there. This becomes a lot harder to do when they are in a space that has echoes of the current owner. So, remove family photos, personal collections, medications…etc. Be sure to secure your valuables and relocate your pets for the time being.
Often, when someone buys a home they are also buying into a lifestyle. We are seeing these small neighborhoods popping up, all with their own unique cultures. When decorating your home for a showing, use bright colors, along with artwork and accent furniture to create a space that brings out the vibe of your neighborhood and bring life to an otherwise vacant and sterile room. Give them a glimpse of what it’s like living in the unique area!
Going green is all the rage in real estate these days. Finding a way to reflect that trend in your home staging could give your home an extra boost over the competition. Some common green accents could be twigs or flowers from your backyard, wooden pallets to create an accent tray or coffee table, or an old bucket to use as a vase or on your front porch. Re-purposing antique furniture to create unique or hidden storage options in another great way to bring in a green element to your home.
This is the sense that is most associated with home staging, and rightfully so. The placement of furniture, decor, plants, and everything else is central to successful staging. But the most fundamental piece to catching a prospective seller’s eye, which often goes overlooked, is lighting. Not only does a dark home come off as unwelcoming, it will also make it hard to show off the unique qualities that could help you sell your home. So, if your home has a floor plan that doesn’t allow for much natural light, be sure to add vibrant lighting to help your home feel bright and inviting.
Music can have a powerful effect on our emotions, mood, and comfort levels; and can also be deeply evocative of memory. Therefore, playing music around your house during a showing can do wonders for filling a space as well as giving a touch of personality to your home. You want to be careful to stay away from anything too disruptive or loud that might take away from the staging or make it difficult to discuss with your prospective buyers.
Smell is the strongest, most personally connected sense that we have. It is also the sense that is most closely tied to memory. We often associate certain aromas with experiences we’ve had to a degree that different scents can make us feel nostalgic, comfortable, cozy, or just the opposite. In home staging, it’s important to use natural or neutral smells like sage, pine, or lavender to create an atmosphere that feels like home.
Let’s be honest, everyone loves a snack! Food is inviting and makes people feel welcome and comfortable in a new space. Not to mention it can add a feeling of sophistication to your home. Keep in mind that not everyone will be interested in your hors d’oeuvres, but most people will appreciate some fresh fruit, mild cheese, and even a glass of wine while they take a glance around your home.
The chance that your prospective sellers will go around touching every minute detail of your home such as walls, floors, and tiles is unlikely. But touch is our main exploratory sense, used to gauge everything from temperature to softness and quality. Outfitting a home with comfort and quality is important, but the main concern should be with temperature. If a home is too hot or too cold, it will make your prospective buyers uncomfortable and distract them from the other aspects of the home that you would like to show off.