Home Staging is marketing your most valuable asset, your home. It is crucial when you decide to sell your home you stage it before you put it on the market. Once you decide to sell your “home”, it becomes a “product”. You have to merchandize the product just like every other product in the world is merchandized.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
- Understand your home is now a product.
- Understand that while you have amazing memories in your home, your memories will go with you. You must detach in order to properly prepare your property for sale.
- Visualize yourself in your new home.
Leave little to no evidence your property was a family home. Personal photos, knick-knacks, etc should be packed up. You want buyers to be able to imagine themselves forming new memories in your property. You don’t want buyers to feel like they are invading someone else’s home.
If you haven’t used it in six months to a year, pack it up, sell it, give it away, or donate it. The less is more concept is very true when selling your home.
Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers will always look in closets and cabinets. The goal is to make sure they are clean and organized. You want the buyer to get the feeling of, “I wish ours looked like this. “
- Alphabetize spice jars and canned goods.
- Organize your dishes by color and size.
- Organize your plastic containers. Containers and lids should be neat and well kept.
- Keeps your clothes closets organized. Hang shirts together, hangers facing the same way.
- Organize your shoes.
- Keep medicine cabinet clean and hide any prescription medication.
Rent a Storage Unit.
If you still have too much stuff and you can’t move it off your property into a new home until yours sells, consider renting a storage unit to store those extra items. We want to improve traffic flow in your property. Click for 5% discount off of PODS.
Check Curb Appeal.
If you can’t get a buyer into your house, then you have a curb appeal issue.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
- Keep the sidewalks cleared.
- Mow the lawn.
- Paint faded window trim.
- Trim your bushes. Make sure landscaping is clean and alive.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible.
Fix everything that needs to be repaired. The most issues your property has the less desirable it is for buyers. You don’t want to give them any reason to ask you to reduce your price.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Replace light bulbs.
- Repair tiles.
- Fix scratches.
- Repair broken or jammed windows and replace torn screens.
- Fix doors that don’t close properly.
Clean! Clean! Clean!
- Vacuum daily.
- Keep toilet lids down.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, window seals, floor boards and light fixtures.
- Bleach grout.
- Deodorize your entire house. No food, pet or smoke smells.