If you are thinking of selling your home here are 3 simple and inexpensive Staging tips you can do yourself to make sure your home sells quickly. In particular you should de-clutter; create more floor space and set the mood – if you following these simple steps before you list chances are your home will sell quickly and for top dollar!
The first thing you need to do is de-clutter and you must be ruthless. Prospect Buyers Want to look at your home – not at your stuff! You are going to be moving so start packing before you list and never leave any packing boxes around, empty or full. Remove 90% of personal items, like family pictures; clear all notes and magnets off the fridge; keep counter tops free and clear; store small appliances in the cupboard; pack up all your “knick knacks”; store the kids toys in storage bins, etc. You should consider holding a garage sale to sell unwanted items, also a great way to make extra money to help cover some of your expenses. You may have to rent a storage unit which is better than cramming your garage or basement full of stuff. But do not do that until you finish the next step!
Now that you have de-cluttered it's time to lose some furniture and most likely re-arrange the rest. The goal is to create as much floor space as possible which will make the rooms appear larger than they are. It has nothing to do with functionality; you want to arrange the furniture so it's appealing to the eye and offers a good traffic flow. So do not worry about having a side table next to chair for the purpose of resting a beverage or newspaper on. Each room should be furnished with a function in mind and decorate every table for its function as if you are planning on entertaining. For example the dining room table is set for dinner and the game table has a game in progress. You get the picture!
Finally, it's time to clean the place top to bottom and set the mood. Do not forget to clean the windows inside and out and sweep off the front steps and if necessary clean up the yard. You want to make sure your home has great “curve appeal” as this is the Buyer's first impression. Set the mood inside for all shows – light and bright always helps to sell homes! Open all blinds and curtains; turn on a few lights; add some fresh cut flowers and put on some light music. One last thought, if you have pets its best if they are not present for shows and please, please make sure there are no pet odours – nothing will turn off a Buyer faster!
That wraps it up, it's not difficult, but does take some work. If you are not too sure in your abilities there are professional Home Stagers for hire. If you go it alone, remember to be ruthless when de-cluttering; create lots of floor space with a good traffic flow; and set the mood with a clean and bright home. Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to selling your home for top dollar.