Did you know that your home’s first impression is the most important part of a buyer’s decision to purchase your house? In this video, I’m going to show you how staging will help you get the extra dollar out of your home sale. Having your home appeal to the average buyer is the most important thing you can do when selling your house—and I’m going to explain why.
Tips And Tricks Of Staging Your Home
When a buyer first enters a home, you want them to have a positive feeling. The space should feel clean, cozy, comfortable, and beautiful. To do this, I have a few tricks that I’m going to share with you. These simple staging tips are sure to impress prospective buyers.
A neutral palette is clean and soothing to the eye. If you have a ton of crazy colors going on in a room, it’s going to make buyers think crazy thoughts. Instead, you want to calm it down, smooth it out, and clean it up. This can make all the difference in the impression your house gives and can open up the room to make it appear roomier.
Another secret weapon of mine? Karate chop the pillows. Get rid of any excess clutter and personalization currently in your home. That means dog bones and beds, kids’ toys, and knick-knacks piling up around the house. If you do have nooks and crannies, let the stager fill those spaces in with purposeful items and not cluttered decorations.
An example of purposeful items would be two chairs and a table. Placing these items helps the buyer understand what to do with the space they’re placed in, such as the area in front of bay windows. They can then picture themselves in your home and understand how to utilize rooms and spaces.
While your entry is the very first impression of your home—and is very important—the last impression carries equal weight. The kitchen is the hub of the home, leaving a lasting impression on prospective buyers. We all know the kitchen is the hub of the home. Because it’s where everybody hangs out, pay special attention to what you do in this room and how you want to showcase it to your buyers. How do you want them to live in this space? Adding a serving platter, for example, tells buyers that this is a comfortable kitchen to sit in. It will make them want to belly up to the bar and get comfortable.
Another good idea when staging a kitchen is to take out all tabletop appliances, like your toaster and blender. No matter how much you clean those appliances, they’re never going to look new. Try taking them off the counter and fill their place with some greenery. We mirror imaged the outside in, bringing life to the kitchen and not clutter.
The Master Bedroom
If you’re looking for a home to buy, the next space you’re going to go right after the kitchen is likely the master bedroom. You’ll want to know how big the master bedroom is and if you can fit your king bed in it. Without furniture, the walls and overall space can look smaller. If you furnish the master bedroom, make sure to tell people they can fit their King beds, nightstands, and a big closet full of clothing. Without furniture, however, you can show your buyers that there is space for their belongings.
You also don’t need to worry about buying a new bed. Trying to take apart your current bed and moving it out ahead of showings can be a real pain. All you need is new sheets and bedding.
The Cost Of Staging
So how much will all of this staging cost you? It depends on your home, how much furniture you want to leave in the house, and what we need to do. The real question you should be asking yourself is: how much is it going to cost you if you don’t stage it? At Agents by Design, we help you make a business decision on selling your home for more money—including staging.
For extra tips and tricks on staging your home yourself, you can click here for a free guide. If you want to find out what your home is worth—staged versus unstaged—feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to connect with you!