If you’re serious about selling your home, you’re probably looking to sell for as much as possible in the shortest time possible. If you want
to ensure that your home sells quickly, there’s a bit of work that must be done first. Staging your home so that it’s highly attractive to buyers gives you the best chance at initiating a quick, successful sale. So how does the staging process work?
1. Know your competition. Check out open houses for similar homes in your area to get an idea of what you’re up against. Take note of the condition of the property, any interesting stand-out features, and how ready the property looks for a buyer to move in. Also keep an eye out for any unique staging tactics that you think you might be able to implement for yourself.
2. Plan. So how will you go about staging your home? If you have the means to do so, you can hire a professional stager who will come in and get your home in tip-top selling condition. Homes staged by professionals tend to do better on the market. If this is not an option, you can work along with your agent to stage your home for yourself. Your agent has likely seen plenty of staged homes and can give you advice from the point of view of a selling professional. Once you’ve gotten all the info you need, get organized by creating a checklist of how you’ll want your home to look once it’s fully staged.
3. Get rid of clutter. If you plan on moving, chances are you have quite a few items that you’re no longer using and plan on throwing away. To make your home more visually appealing to buyers, rid your home of excess clutter.
4. Pack away the personals. You want potential buyers to visualize themselves inside your home. Depersonalizing your home by getting rid of items such as family photos makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves in it. Buyers are more likely to fall in love with and make an offer on a home that they believe is a perfect fit for their family; a home that seems too lived in may prevent them from doing so.
5. Clean up! The goal is make your home as spacious and immaculate as possible. Clear all tables and countertops, leaving only decorative or functional items such as lamps or flowers. Remember that too many personal items can make or break your sale. An unkempt or disorganized home can also get in the way of your sale. Take advantage of an outsider’s perspective by having your agent do a walk through to indicate areas that they believe could be cleaner. Chances are, they’re going to see exactly what a potential buyer will see.
6. Keep it simple. Avoid doing major tasks such as rearranging furniture or repainting rooms unless it is absolutely necessary. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Clean, touch-up, or paint any baseboards or trim that may need sprucing up. Replace old light bulbs and make sure that all locks and doors are functional. Don’t neglect the outside of your home either – make sure that all yard work, decorations and outdoor accents are fresh and visually appealing.
7. Take photos. You’ll want to view your home exactly how potential buyers probably will for the first time – through photographs on the internet. Take photos with a good quality camera and view them on your own computer to get an idea of the image of your home that you’ll be presenting to the public.