You may feel overwhelmed when selling your home by wondering how you can appeal to a wide pool of buyers who have a wide range of tastes in décor. An effective way to stand out to the right buyer is to stage your home.
When a home is staged, furniture and accessories are used to highlight the home’s best features and take attention away from its not-so-perfect aspects. If a home’s bedrooms are tiny, for example, it wouldn’t be wise to fill up the entire room with a king size poster bed.
Staging doesn’t necessarily require help from a professional designer, but the cost of doing so may be worth it, as staged homes tend to sell more quickly than those that are empty—that means you’ll be in your new home before long! Take a look at these tips to stage your home properly.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If you have already done some spring cleaning, you most likely only gave away or discarded items that you didn’t use or need anymore. As for the furniture and belongings you do still want and need, it’s wise to pack up as much as possible before you show your home. You can neatly stack the boxed items in your garage if there is enough room, or rent a storage unit on a short-term basis. Or you can ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to store your items for free. Just make sure the unnecessary items are out of sight, because too much furniture and clutter can make a home look smaller than it actually is.
Let There Be Light
Natural light is high on a lot of buyers’ wish lists, so use the windows in your home to your advantage. Pull back all the curtains—even the ones you normally keep shut, such as in bedrooms or bathrooms. Lovely, clean, and neutral window treatments are appealing to buyers—a room seems bland and boring without them. It is also important that the windows are clean on the inside and outside so buyers know the home has been well taken care of. However, if you have a few rooms that don’t have any or a lot of windows, you can strategically use lamps and other lighting to make them appear brighter.
Arrange with a Purpose
Buyers want to envision their furniture, personal belongings, and how they will live their day-to-day lives in any home they are touring. So if your living room is staged as a yoga studio, or the dining room is full of toddler toys with no table in sight, buyers can’t picture how they will use the space. Remember, the purpose of staging is to appeal to the widest range of buyers, so it’s necessary to arrange the furniture in your home that makes sense for the majority. Pulling couches and chairs out from the walls and into the room is more visually appealing and allows for a better flow. When you arrange the furniture, however, make sure not to block any important sightlines (such as into the dining room that has a beautiful table set up).
You might think your collection of Disney figurines is the best thing since sliced bread, but the goal of staging a home is for potential buyers to be able to envision it as theirs. Make your décor as universal as possible by removing any personal photos, accessories, or artwork that are uniquely your taste. It is also important that wall paint colors are neutral throughout the house, especially in the bedrooms. A purple and yellow room with stripes and polka dots on the walls can be a turnoff to buyers who have no interest in painting.
Closets are Key
Closet space is often top of mind when buyers are searching for a new home, because they’re usually looking for a bigger space than where they currently live. Most of your belongings should already be packed up in storage, but it’s necessary to leave some clothing behind so buyers can imagine how their belongings will fit in the same space. Open the doors to all the closets in the home so buyers don’t feel intrusive looking in your personal space. An open door means it is ok for them to look, which will make them feel more comfortable in the space they are potentially going to buy.
Make it Look Lived in
Even though staging a home can feel like you’re taking the life out of it, the intent is for buyers to be able to envision themselves living there. While you do need to remove your old toothbrush and dirty towels from the bathroom, that doesn’t mean your home has to be stark and bare. You can set fresh flowers on the dining room table, display tasty fruit on the kitchen counter, or light a candle to make the home smell lovely and inviting.
A clean, staged home is key for appealing to the right buyer in a competitive market. So when your house is staged and ready to be sold, The Adler Home Team is ready to help with your next move!
About the Adler Home Team
When looking to buy or sell in Northern New Jersey, you may rely on The Adler Home Team and their intimate knowledge of the distinct communities throughout the region.Jeff and Debby Adler continue to lead with contribution and have served more than 1,100 families in their 20-year experience in Northern New Jersey. Through their combined efforts, this team of eleven professionals is very diligent in serving a full array of clients from first time buyers to those seeking their expertise in Residential, Condos, Townhomes,Luxury, New Construction,Relocation, Short Sales, Foreclosures and Rental Properties.By accessing the very best in technology, current market data and creative marketing applications, The Adler Home Team takes every measure to ensure that their clients are educated and provided with the critical insights that meet their specific requirements.They teach, lecture and train at the national level on negotiation skills, marketing and team building. The Adler Home Team is most proud and thankful for their strong referral business that confirms their talents, creativity, professionalism, diligence, knowledge, and outstanding integrity.
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Author:Jeff Adler Phone: 201-819-3309 Dated: September 23rd 2015 Views: 345 About Jeff: When looking to buy or sell in Northern New Jersey, you can rely on The Adler Home Team and their in...
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