How To Stage Your House Like A Pro To sell Fast
How to Stage Your House
If you are looking into selling your home and you want to sell fast it is well worth looking at properly staging your home. Buyers are bombarded with images of perfect homes through websites, showrooms and in magazines so making sure yours is in tip-top condition can give you a major edge when it comes to enticing buyers to make an offer.
What is ‘staging a home? Staging a house means that buyers are more likely to visualize themselves living there. There are many consultants who you can hire to stage a house but you can save an awful lot of money by doing it yourself. This may mean that you have to declutter and put some of your things into storage for a time or even renting specific furnishing and other items to create a real show home for your buyers. To help you improve your chances for a fast sale we have compiles some of the best tips, tricks and wrinkles for staying your home:
Understand the importance of staging your home: a survey of buyer’s agents conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in 2017 indicates that almost half of all buyer’s agents believe that staging a home encourages a more positive view from potential buyers. A huge 77% of these agents also said that staging a home is more likely to mean that a buyer imagines themselves living in it. It is also a fact that good staging can increase the price of the property. In the same 2017 survey, NAR asked sellers agents about the sales price of homes that are staged compared to those that aren’t. 29% of these seller’s agents said that the sales price was 1-5% higher for a staged home and that they sold much more quickly. Of all the seller’s agents surveyed 39% confirmed that a staged home often spent fewer days on the market than a similar property that has not been staged. Once you understand the figures you can see how important staging can be to both the speed of your sale and the price you receive. Here are a few ways you can stage your home when it goes on to the market:
Remove all of your clutter: empty houses look bigger so be sure to move out anything that is not completely necessary. Personal items, ornaments and knick-knacks should be packed away and placed into storage. Don’t be tempted to pop them ‘out of sight’ in a closet as buyers often want to look inside and cluttered closets looked cramped and lacking in space.
Deep Clean: once the clutter is out of the way it is a lot easier to give the house a good clean. Make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are pristine and always close the lid on the toilet when you have buyers viewing. Make sure the house is aired properly but avoid anything too heavily scented because these can cause allergies. For sellers with pets cleanliness has to be maintained; make sure you thoroughly clean the areas used by your pet to remove any odors. If you have the budget hiring a professional cleaner may well pay dividends in the final sale price or your home.
Keep it light and bright: make sure your home is well lit. Always open blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible when showing your house. Have a critical look at your light fittings and anything that looks dated or grubby should be replaced. You may also consider cleaning or replacing the bulbs to get more light into a room. When buying light bulbs check out the box for a Kelvin rating. You can use this to assess the temperature of the light and how much it will look like daylight. Softer white lighting sits in the Kelvin range of 2700-3000L, whereas the daylight bulbs are usually between 5000 and 6500K.
Focus on the important rooms: staging can cost a lot of money especially if you are removing and renting furnishings or placing your things in storage. Although staging pays off in the end it can add a lot of cost to the selling process. If you haven’t enough in the budget you can focus on the most important rooms. The living room will need your attention as will the master bedroom. Take some time to stage the kitchen too – these are all rooms that have been highlighted by Realtors as key areas for staging.
Think about furniture: your best bet is to remove 50% of the furniture to make your home look bigger and uncluttered. However, if you are still living in the property this can prove a challenge but the reward make it worth the effort. If your furniture is looking a bit tired you could consider renting some new pieces to use while you show your house. If it will be moving with you then it is likely that storage options will be the way forward, however, if you plan to replace it when you move you could save money by selling or donating it. For those who have already moved out you might want to consider the range of pop-up furniture, you can use. These are standard items made from plastic or cardboard which you can use to give buyers the sense of the room’s use, its overall potential and how they could use the room when living in the home.
Pay attention to the furniture layout: once you have decided on the furnishings you will use you must then concentrate on placement. Professionals who specialize in home staging use a technique known as “floating”. What this means is that by placing couches, tables, chairs away from the wall you will make the room look more spacious. By adding a rug you can simultaneously give the room a cozy feel that will make your buyer dream of making it their home.
Don’t forget outside: any real estate agent will tell you that you need to make sure your home has “curb appeal”, that is, it looks great on the outside and gives potential buyers a good first impression. When looking at the yard, drive and general outside area you should focus on:
- The house itself and the approaching walkways – use a power washer to get them looking pristine
- Have your windows cleaned
- Clean and house sign or number, repair, repaint or shine as necessary
- Take care of the garden – mow the lawn and trim back any plants.
- Plant out some flowers add some potted plants to your front door
- Welcome mats are always a good idea
- Include some outside furniture if you have a porch out front.
Add some final touches: little finishing touches can make all the difference to a buyer’s impression of your home. Invest in some fresh flowers or fruit, make sure that towels are neatly folded in the bathroom and the beds are made. If you are still living in the house you can cheat – make up some nice folded towels that can be strategically placed when a buyer comes to view. Once you have taken the time to stage your home you could find that the sale goes through really quickly. Good luck!