If you’re trying to sell your house, it’s a great idea to stage your home. In fact, it’s believed that properly staging your home can increase the sales price from 1-5%!
Staging a home is the process of strategically arranging furnishings and decor to make a house look its best while selling. Here’s how to stage your home.
Get Rid of Clutter
Remove knick-knacks and personal items from all surfaces. Box up spare belongings and get them out of the house. Don’t put things in closets. You want them to look roomy when people look in them.
Do a Deep Clean
Make your kitchen and bathroom sparkle and air out the entire house. You may want to consider hiring a professional service if it’s in the budget.
Aim for a Light and Bright Look
Buyers typically like to see bright rooms so open your blinds or pull your curtains back before a showing. Make sure your light fixtures look appealing and consider replacing them if they look dated.
Stage Important Rooms First
To save money, you may only want to stage certain rooms. The National Association of Realtors survey found the living room is the most crucial space to stage, followed by the master bedroom, then the kitchen, and then finally any extra bedrooms.
Remove and/or Rent Furniture
Remove about half your furniture. This will make your house look bigger and more appealing to most buyers. You can rent some newer pieces if your furniture isn’t “showroom” ready.
Position couches, chairs, and tables away from your walls (a technique called “floating”). Anchor the space with an area rug, even if the room has wall-to-wall carpet.
Don’t Forget Curb Appeal.
Don’t neglect the outside of your home! Wash windows. Mow the lawn. Do anything to get people in the house.
Add Little Extras.
People love to see fresh flowers in vases, a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter, and folded towels in the bathroom.
Use XS Spaces!
The average time a house is on the market from listing to offer in Portland, OR was 15 days! A traditional self-storage facility is going to charge you for the whole month! Why pay for 15 days you don’t use when you can find a neighbor and rent their basement or their garage for only the time you need? Once your done staging your home whether it’s a day, a week, or a month, just pick up your items when you’re done. You won’t pay for any time you don’t need.
Learn more about staging your home at https://www.trulia.com/guides/staging-a-house/.