Staging to Sell
Preparing your home to sell can seem like a daunting task. But if you want to get the best possible selling price in your market, spending a little extra time looking at your home with a fresh perspective can payoff.
Begin by tackling one room at a time. If it helps, take photos of each room and prioritize by concentrating on those areas that make the most impact – the kitchen, the bathrooms, and your front entrance. Remember that you are trying to market your home to the largest possible circle of buyers.
Look online at other homes, whether or not they are in your price range, to get a feel for what you can do to show off the best features in your home. Research images on the web for ideas on how to stage your home for selling. Going to open houses in the area will give you a feel for the competition.
Clean, clean, clean. And, while you are cleaning – pre-pack for your own move. It is hard for people to imagine themselves in your space if it is highly personalized with family memorabilia and photos. It's best to keep your décor neutral and clutter-free. That includes those kitchen countertops!
Lastly, walk outside. Step back from your home and look at it from the street. Does your house look inviting? Are your front steps sound? Is your deck freshly washed and stained? How about your front door? Just applying a fresh coat of paint on the front door will do wonders for the curb appeal of your home.
Now that everything thing is clean and clutter-free, scrutinize your furnishings and wall décor. Get rid of that worn-out sofa with the tear in the arm and that recliner with the broken handle. If you can't bear to part with it, put it in storage.
The good news is that every room has an ideal layout for home staging. The bad news is, no matter how you lay it out on paper, the best way to figure out the perfect furniture arrangement is by trial and error. So do your homework to get some ideas and get those furniture glides out!
When it comes to furniture arrangements, there are some common mistakes that can be easily avoided:
- Poor traffic flow – walkways should be obstacle free; there should be a natural flow
- Too much furniture – select the largest and best pieces and put the rest in storage
- Too little furniture – if things look sparse, consider adding an area rug
- No focal point, no purpose – every room needs a focal point and a purpose whether it's a piece of artwork or distinctive piece of furniture
- Furniture is too spread out– arrange your furniture in pairs and trios for the most natural groupings
For more tips on decorating and preparing your home to sell, check out our Pinterest Board, "Sell Your Home."