10 Tips to Stage Your Home
& WOW Your Buyer!
Getting ready to sell your home in Rochester? Great! Before you start showing your home to buyers, take time to give your home some love - even the simplest home styling & staging, which is our specialty, makes the difference between a buyer that walks away and a buyer that's impressed and submits an offer. These DIY tips allow your home to stand out from the crowd and get you top dollar.
The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Spend some time giving your home's exterior some love to create a sense of welcoming - so that your buyers are impressed before they even leave the car!
Create curb appeal:
Before a buyer will set foot inside, they have to be impressed by the exterior of your home. Spend some time giving your home's exterior attention to create a sense of welcoming - so that your buyers are impressed before they even leave the car!
Make your porch welcoming:
An extension of your curb appeal is your porch. Tidy up any furniture, buy a new welcome mat, add some potted flowers. Add a tasteful wreath to your door and leave your porch light on in the evenings, especially if you will be showing at night.
Spruce up outdoor areas:
Whether you have a large backyard or a cozy balcony, your outdoor areas should not only be attractive, they should be inviting. Help your buyers to envision a lifestyle by adding seating or dining areas such as chair and tables, a hammock, or even a fire pit. Make sure gardens are cleaned up, the lawn is mowed, and any fallen leaves or branches are tidied up.
Cleaning and Repairs
Nothing turns off a buyer like persistent maintenance problems, lingering repair projects, or a home that's just not clean! Don't lose out on a sale for an easily preventable reason!
Finish repair projects:
Nothing is more intimidating to a buyer than walking into an incomplete project! No missing floorboards, crooked shingles, cracked windows, or any other sign that something needs to be replaced or repaired. Your home should appear in good maintenance from top to bottom.
Clear out the clutter:
It's always a good idea to take some time to go through your closets, shelves, cabinets, and counters to clear out anything that's taking up space or making things appear cramped, crowded, or dirty. You want your home to look spacious so now is the time to donate clothes you don't wear, get a jump on packing, by packing away out of season clothes, extra linens and extra dishes, etc. Less is more for today's qualified buyers.
Deep clean EVERYTHING:
It might not be fun, but it's an absolute necessity that your home sparkle in order to get you the most money. Get all those hard-to-reach places, scrub dingy tiles and grout, deep clean the showers and tubs, steam cleaning carpets too. If you're not a fan of cleaning, hire a professional to help. Your agent will be able to recommend a top notch pro in your area. The results will be well worth the expense.
Now that you've created curb appeal and tackled the basics, it's time to start looking for ways to impress your buyers and make your home stand apart from the crowd.
Depersonalize your decor:
Your home might have a certain style that you find tasteful - but not all home buyers have the same tastes in decor. Neutral and simple are always best. Repaint any bold or bright colored walls with neutral colors. Remove any personal decor and replace with tasteful yet neutral art and centerpieces. You want to create the sense of a home that's lived in but not yours, as the idea is to allow buyers to imagine their own personalizations in your home.
Create balance with furniture:
Placement of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. Your furniture should not overcrowd the room or leave it feeling too open. Floating the furniture away from the walls can actually make rooms feel larger and create a cozy, conversational feel. Choosing an agent with their styling or staging certifications will ensure your home looks the way qualified buyers in your price range want to see it!
The Final Details
Now's the fun part - the detailed staging and decorating that adds that "wow" factor, that sparkle, that little bit of something special. Just be sure to keep it simple!
Increase the Light:
Light sells! It's important to let in as much natural light as you can by opening up window treatments, replacing heavy outdated curtains with simple, light-colored panels and turning on every light in the house for pictures and showings. Increase the wattage of the bulbs in your lamps and fixtures and go room by room checking that there are no blown bulbs. Yes, light is this important.
Bring the outdoors inside:
Your decor might be neutral, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Bring in splashes of color in the form freshly clipped flowers, or fall branches.
Your Rochester Selling Resource
If you're ready to sell your Rochester home, then it's time to contact Karin Morabito. These staging tips are just the beginning of the expert advice and knowledge I can use to help you successfully sell your home. Contact me today and let's list your home.