You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home. It is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal to more buyers.
A staged home will sell, on average, for 17% more than an unstaged home. – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Here are a few ideas to make this process easier.
Make the House Shine A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly – and for more. Wash windows inside and out, make sure kitchen and bath features gleam, shampoo or replace carpeting, clean and dust throughout, take care of any pet odors.
De-Personalize You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.
De-Clutter Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knickknacks.
Make Minor Repairs Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in a neutral color. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles, fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, replace burned-out light bulbs.
Remove Favorite Items If buyers don’t see something, they won’t want it to be part of the deal. Remove fixtures or window coverings now if you’re going to take them with you.
Rearrange Closets and Cabinets Tidy, organized closets make a positive statement about your home. Keep medicines and other personal items out of sight, pack away much of your clothing, neatly arrange shoes and shelf items.
Show Your Home in the Best Light Your home needs to be at its friendliest when buyers go through it. Open the drapes and let the sunshine in, have fresh flowers on display, set a comfortable temperature, make sure it smells fresh.
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