Set The Stage For Selling Your Home

Posted on: 18 July 2016

When the time comes to sell your home, you likely already know that appearance is almost as important as location. Most home sellers will spruce up their paint and trim and do some deep cleaning to help their abode look more attractive to potential buyers, but taking a few extra steps can help set the stage for your home to sell fast. Staging a home for selling real estate has gained in popularity simply because it works, and the secret to good staging techniques involves not just what the buyers see, but what they don't. To learn some quick tips to stage your home for the market, read on.

What Buyers Clamor For

Sometimes it seems that every other channel on television has a "nesting" related show, where viewers can see home-related programming that features subjects like home buying and selling, redecorating on a budget, d.i.y remodeling projects and more. For example, HGTV beams it's home-and-hearth related programming into 96 million homes and this type of thing has an indisputable influence on home buyers as well.

Professional Home Staging Services

For those who prefer to hire a professional stager, choices will abound depending on how much help you need. Often you can find stagers who offer a complete service that includes the removal of your old furniture and replacement with rented items. For those who just need some guidance, stagers also offer a walk-through service that includes an evaluation and suggestions for making your home more buyer-friendly.

D.I.Y Home Staging

You might be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate staging techniques on your own.

1. De-clutter. The number one task should be clearing out a large portion of your furniture and accessories. Buyers need to be able to see their "stuff" in your home, so help them out by focusing on a few nice pieces in each room and sending the remainder to a storage rental place. In particular, try to move the larger and over-sized pieces elsewhere, since they can really reduce the visual size of a room. If this is impractical, at least pack up and store your figurines, framed photos, mementos and other small decor items.

2. Rearrange. Re-imagine your remaining pieces by using them in fresh, new ways. For example, that dresser that's taking up a lot of space in your bedroom might be better used as a sideboard/buffet in your dining room or to hold your large screen television in your den (store the mirror elsewhere). On the subject of dining rooms, while you may cherish your family china, that large glass-door china cabinet is out of style and takes up a lot of space.

3. Light it up. The old mirror trick still works, so invest in some inexpensive large mirrors to visually enlarge your spaces. Try this look over the mantel, over your buffet in the dining room, and at the end of a hallway. Hanging a mirror on the wall opposite a window can bring an incredible amount of flattering light to a room. If you have some glass-topped tables, clear them of clutter and let them do their job.

4. Use color. Just like clearing a room of clutter, using neutral tones allow the buyer to visualize their own furniture more easily in your home. Luckily, paint is relatively inexpensive and a quick and easy fix, so put a coat of taupe over that deep red in your powder room to create a more subdued and classic look for the buyers.

Your potential buyers will fall in love with your home just as you once did if you follow these tips to get your home staged to sell.


Talking With Your Real Estate Agent About Your Needs

If you are on a budget, it can be frustrating to discuss your home needs with a real estate agent. You might find yourself stumbling over wants and needs, trying to figure out what you can get for your money. I found myself in that situation ten years ago when we bought our first home, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, I had a real estate agent that really took the time to figure out what I wanted. After helping us to track down the home of our dreams, I decided to go into real estate for myself. I want to help other people to learn more about real estate.

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