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How do I stage my home?

Staging your home is a very effective part of the selling process that can only add to the selling price of your home.

Staging your home is one of the most important parts of selling. When you create an environment that allows the buyer to imagine living in your house and feeling comfortable, you’re one step closer to selling. And, there are many things you can do on a low budget. Here are some basic tips to engage potential buyers who tour your home.

Your First Impression Starts with Curb Appeal

Make your home look appealing from the outside to make people want to come in. Here are some inexpensive ideas to improve curb appeal.

  • Mow the lawn, trim trees and shrubbery.
  • Clean any oil stains and rust from the driveway with muriatic acid. (Please read the directions and protect your skin.)
  • Rent a high-pressure washer to clean gutters, walls, garage door, siding and facia.
  • If your house needs to be painted, but you can’t afford to paint the whole house, then paint the front door and put out a brand new welcome mat.
  • If weather permits, plant seasonal flowers and accent the landscaping with bagged pebbles or marble chips. Choose a color that complements your home.
  • If you don’t have landscaping, try strategically placed outdoor planters with flowers.
  • Make sure the address house number is clearly visible, either on the house itself or the mailbox.

Remove Clutter and Organize

This goes for the entire house. Remember, buyers will become attached to the house when they imagine this is a comfortable spot to live in.

  • Remove personal photos, portraits and personal keepsakes.
  • Put excess furniture in storage to open up the rooms. Less furniture makes a room look larger.
  • Rearrange furniture to best showcase your floor plan.
  • If you use your front entrance as a place to throw your keys, coat and umbrella, think about turning it into a reception area where you can leave printed flyers or postcards about your property. Accent with fresh flowers or a plate of fresh cookies.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Make sure every surface in your home is sparkling clean, and keep it clean so you’re ready to show your home at all times.

  • Clean ceiling fans, blinds, carpets and floors.
  • Replace light switch plates, door handles and cabinet hardware for an inexpensive, fresh look.
  • Use high wattage light bulbs for a bright, uplifting look.
  • Open up the blinds to let more light in the rooms.
  • If you need to paint any rooms, select neutral/light colors. Once again, this gives potential buyers a blank canvas to imagine how they would personalize the home. Be sure to fill any cracks or holes in the walls.

It’s All About the Kitchen

Statistics show that the kitchen is the most important selling point for home buyers. Here are some tips to make your kitchen more palatable.

  • Installing new appliances can be expensive. But, if you absolutely have to replace a broken appliance, choose something modern. It will give the whole kitchen a fresher look.
  • New cabinetry is also expensive. Replace, refinish or paint cabinets. Install new door handles.
  • Remove what you don’t need, so cabinets and pantry look more spacious.
  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher.
  • Before your guests arrive to view the home, pop some refrigerated cookie dough in the oven. Fresh cookies smell like home.

Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle

Clean bathrooms are essential to leaving a good impression on your potential buyers.

  • Clean all surfaces and grout.
  • Fix any leaky faucets.
  • White guest towels look neat and clean.

Animal House?

Not everyone loves animals and some people are allergic to cats or dogs. Unless your property is zoned for horses, it’s probably a good idea to send your pets to an animal daycare when you’re showing your home.

  • Make sure there are no animal smells or hair stuck on the furniture. Scented candles work better than air freshener spray.
  • Remove dog or cat food bowls and hide the kitty litter!
  • If you do have horses, clean the stable and tack room.

We hope these tips are helpful. If you have any questions, please call Everhome at (805) 379-3300 for a free consultation. We’re here to help.