Selling Your Home? 3 Basic Staging Tips

Posted on: 28 March 2017

Staging how your home looks is very common when you are getting it ready to sell. You want to make it look a way that will be attractive to potential buyers, even though your home's setup may fit your lifestyle perfectly. While you can have a professional come and do it for you, home staging is something you can actually do on your own. By following these 3 tips, you'll be taking the right steps to make your home look more appealing.

Make Your Home Less Personal

When someone is walking through your home for a showing, they try to imagine what it would be like if they lived in the home. They start picturing their furniture and belongings in the home, and try to get an idea about where everything will go. What can become a big distraction is when you have personal items out to remind them that the home actually belongs to someone else. Consider removing framed photos that you have around the house. You don't want to leave the walls empty, so replace large photos with generic artwork or a mirror.

You will also want to paint the rooms of your home so that they don't have bold and bright colors. Even though it's something very simple that a new owner can change, you would be surprised at how many people get hung up on a bold color choice they don't agree with. You don't want someone to leave and talk about room colors, since they should be talking about the house itself.

Appeal To All Senses

Staging a home goes beyond how it looks, since you must consider things like sounds and smells as well. If you live near a busy road, you'll want to make sure that windows are closed. Don't bring attention to the loud sounds from outside, and try to minimize them whenever possible. Also, consider playing light music over a speaker to give a nice ambience while people walk through the house.

Another trick is to bake cookies prior to an open house or showing, which will make your home smell like warm baked good and make it seem more like a home.

Remove All Clutter

Clutter around a house shows that you have a lack of storage space to put things into. It may not be true, but that's what a buyer is going to think if they see that your house is filled with clutter. Since you plan on moving soon, use this as an opportunity to de-clutter your home and get rid of the stuff you don't need anymore.

For more staging tips, speak to your real estate agent.