One of the key factors that can influence how quickly your home sells is its staging. Staging your home, when done correctly, will highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. The goal with home staging is to help the prospective buyer envision themselves living in their home and loving what they see. These tips will help you do just that, so buyers are fighting to own your home and it sells before you know it!
Keep it clean
The easiest and most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to clean it! Of course, do the typical cleaning duties like vacuum and dust and maybe even invest in a cleaning service to do your entire house. But also declutter your home. Get rid of all the excess furniture and décor, make sure your kid’s toys are put away in bins or drawers, and overall look at what you have and what you can get rid of. When professional stagers prepare homes, they often get rid of up to half of the furniture in a room. Getting rid of clutter will make the rooms feel less cramped and appear bigger than they actually are, which is appealing to home buyers.
There is a belief that a room will feel larger if all the furniture is pushed against the wall and more floor space is visible, but this isn’t true. Grouping your furniture can actually add more dimensions and an overall flow to the room. Drift furniture away from the walls and reposition seating into cozy groups that allow conversation and relaxing. This will make the room feel larger since it’s opened up, with space for traffic to flow and a purpose for the room to serve.
Don’t be afraid to repurpose furniture for other rooms as well. A rarely-used dining table can be moved towards a window and adorned with lamps and other accessories to make it a writing desk or library table. A room that really only gathers junk can be cleared out, save for a comfy chair and lamp to make a cozy reading area. That same room could also be emptied and refurnished with rubber padding and some weights and resistance bands to make a functional workout room.
Fix the lighting
One of the biggest factors that makes a staged home seem so welcoming is great lighting. While we may not notice it when living in it, most homes are improperly lighted. To fix this, increase the wattage in your light fixtures. A good rule-of-thumb is 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Additionally, make sure you have different types of lighting, such as ambient (overhead), task (under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall lamps). A well-lit room seems a lot larger and more open than it may actually be.
Play with paint
Changing up the colors in your rooms can completely refresh the look of your home. To make a room appear larger than it really is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room to make it feel like one large space instead of two smaller rooms. If you want to offset dated furniture that you can’t replace, paint the room a fresh, neutral color to tone it down. Bold walls tend to reduce home offers, so stick to warm tans, soft whites, and blue-green shades.
Add some nature
If you ever tour model homes, you’ll notice they’re almost always presented with fresh flowers and greenery. You can get a similar, more budget-friendly look by just filling a vase with nice, fake flowers and adding some fern fronds to your décor.
Add the little touches that will make your home look professionally staged. In bathrooms, roll up towels in decorative baskets and give off a spa-like vibe with candles and lavender essential oils. Arrange books on your coffee table and set your dining room table with a full set of dishes, napkins, and glasses.
Selling your home doesn’t have to be a nightmare. By presenting the best features of your home and rooms, potential buyers will see all there is to love and jump on the chance to seal the deal. Let Arizona Painting Company help buy adding a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and interior before you put your house on the market. Contact us today to receive your free quote!