Home staging is the art of making a house look organized, stylish, and inviting to potential buyers. Home staging is the first important step when it comes to selling a property and your sellers may or may not know where to start. In fact, it’s so crucial that realtors often find it hard to sell homes that aren’t properly staged. If any of your clients are planning to put their house on the market, it goes without saying that they must stage it for maximum buyer appeal. This will not only help them to reach their asking price but will also help them to sell their property faster. Here are some staging tips that will get them started.
Realtors Advice: Home Staging Tips for Your Sellers
Maximize the curb appeal
Maximizing curb appeal or the view from the street generally determines if the buyers feel welcomed, and if they feel the property is worth their consideration. As many houses are taken off the list even before anyone gets a chance to step inside, make sure to advise your sellers to boost the curb appeal by doing the following:
- Keep the lawns neatly trimmed and edged
- Re-paint the front door with a bold color
- Thoroughly clean all the windows
- Update the house numbers
- Plant greenery and seasonal flowers
- Update outdoor lighting and hardware
Stay with a neutral color palette
When it comes to home interiors, it’s important to opt for a neutral color scheme. Bold colors work great for living, but not for selling. Stick with warm, neutral colors like grey, tan, and beige. Avoid dark colors, especially in small spaces as it will make it feel cramped. Painting the ceiling in white color to keep the walls looking tall is a good idea. As a rule of thumb, if the walls have not been painted in last two years, now is the time!
Thoroughly clean the house
While this may sound very obvious, unfortunately it’s still one area home sellers tend to shortcut. Special attention should be given to appliances, windows, baseboards, and inside and outside of cupboards. Bathrooms should be spotless! If your client smokes or have pets, remind them to be very vigilant about eradicating those odors. The idea is to let buyers know that the property is well maintained and cared for. Buyers want them to imagine themselves living in the house which can be difficult if it’s dirty. In fact, the top-of their do list when it comes to home staging should be a deep, thorough clean. We recommend hiring a professional cleaning company, if required.
Staged home-those decorated with a sole purpose of enticing buyers tend to sell much faster than the non-staged properties. So, direct your sellers towards these home staging tips and help them get started. After all, in a strong market, a little staging will only boost the offers they receive.
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