Staging your Home for Sale
Home buyers form an opinion on homes for sale in seconds, starting with curb appeal. Generally, you want to appeal to the largest possible clientele by using neutral colors, for example.
Less is more is the basic concept, by removing your personal signature from the home provides the buyer with a better ability to imagine their own belongings in the home. Results are in, staging homes produces faster sales and at a higher price!
Following these staging guidelines can add significant value to the sale of your home while adding little in cost, more home value equals more savings. Please call me if you have any staging questions.
- View your home from the curb or even from across the street. Take note of anything unusual such as loose artifacts, overgrown hedges, dead branches, and remove them from the property. The city schedules free bi-annual brush and bulk item pickups, watch for their announcements in your neighborhood for free removal.
- If you are living in the home during the sale, you want to remove all clutter and organize the remaining items. The Container store has many affordable storage solutions great for between home sale and time of move. Items such as newspapers, mail and laundry should be out of sight.
- Remove a portion of your furniture and the rooms will look larger. It’s no longer about functionality, we want to create the perception of larger by reducing the amount of contents. Try to remove up to half of all furniture from each room in the house and outside living areas. The remaining furniture should highlight the best feature of each room.
- Next up, remove appliances big and small; toasters in the kitchen, tablets and ipads on the coffee table. Even accessories you use on a regular basis should be put away daily. If you can squeeze the coffee pot into the closet, do it! More space on the counters make the counter space look bigger.
- Bring out the neat freak in you! Straighten the pictures and rugs, arrange the blinds the same way in every room, wash the walls with warm water, towels and laundry detergent. Touch up paint over all scratches on the walls. Each and every step adds incremental value to the sale of your home.
- Maximize the light in every room. Open blinds and curtains, if in unused rooms, then remove curtains altogether. Clear branches from the exterior that block important views of the front or back yard.
- Pressure wash your home, sidewalks and driveway. Renting a pressure washer for one day can be less than $60, and the difference can be dramatic!
- Bathrooms should be treated the same, remove from view as many items as possible, organize the remaining items and keep very clean.
- Is professional staging best for you? Sometimes home sales can be boosted by professional staging including rented furniture, lamps, art work and other house hold items to improve the look and feel of the inside.
- Remove personal associations, if you are a Boston Red Sox fan and sell the home to a New York Yankee fan, surely, you want the best price possible. Put the sports fan material away. It’s simply best to avoid all statements of influence including religion, political, weapons and even family photos. Our intention again is to produce an ability for the buyer to visualize for themselves.
- If you do spend money, the front door should be considered first for replacement, and on the inside, the foyer or entry way is of second importance. These two areas of the home play a big influence in buyer perception.
- Closets should be half full, same principles as before apply here, make them look bigger by having less contents inside.
- For bedrooms, I recommend a bed, nightstand and dresser only. Push all furniture items together in one area of the room to provide clear walking space.
We offer a list of Service Providers such as tree service, garage door repair and others. If that does not help, please feel free to call me if you have questions or need help staging your home.
The average return-on-investment can range from 1-to-4 times over cost, so staging your home can increase your home value and produce a faster home sale, a great investment!
Please call me if you have any questions and good luck!
Chuma Jerome specializes in residential single family homes and condominiums for sale in Austin, Bertram, Burnet, Cedar Park, Copperas Cove, Kempner, Lakeway, Lampasas, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Marble Falls.