Home staging, real estate staging or simply 'staging,' is anything that helps a home become more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. Home staging has become an increasingly popular trend in the United States, and can be done in a few different ways. Many people hire a professional home stager to bring in furniture, art, rugs, plants and other home accessories to show off the home's best attributes while it is on the market. Other home staging services will give homeowners a list of areas where they should remove clutter, move furniture and paint walls. For the budget conscious mover, the latter is the most economical option for home staging, and is a more 'do-it-yourself' approach to home staging.
Real estate agents encourage their clients to stage their home because of the positive impact that staging has on a home's final selling price. According to reports by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, homes that are stagnated will sell for approximately 17% more than homes that are not. Most buyers want a home that appears to be move-in ready, meaning they can visualize their family living in the home. When the walls are crowded with family pictures, and your magic eight ball collection is covering the living room window sill, it is more difficult for buyers to see themselves living in your home. Only a small percentage of people can see past clutter, so helping them along through home staging is definitely worth your time.
There are three major goals that you should keep in mind when you are staging your home:
- You want to show off the best features of your home, while minimizing the less desirable elements
- Removing clutter from counters, shelves, window sills and on top of furniture will make your home seem more spacious.
- Maintaining a neutral color palate and flow from room to room makes your home seem move-in ready and appealing to potential buyers.
Since not everyone is an interior decorator, staging services can help you attain these goals, and relate the stress of preparing to sell your home.
Whether or not you choose to use a home staging service, the most important thing to do when you are preparing to sell your home is to remove clutter. If you are methodical with packing up your knick-knacks, you will have a head start on the daunting task of packing. When removing clutter, it is best go through your home one room at a time. This will allow you to pack similar items together, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you can check 'living room' off of your list of rooms to clean. Home stickers recommend that you go through each room and clear off dressers, tables, counters and shelves, particularly of hobby related items and personal photographs. You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in your home, rather than wonder about your hobbies and the collectables in your home. In the kitchen, it is OK to leave out your toaster and a microwave (you do live there after all!) However, you should clear off all other appliances, cookbooks and gadgets to make the kitchen space feel more open.
Now you are probably thinking: What do I do with all of these boxes? Since you have a new clutter-free home, storing these boxes in your house is not a viable option, and will detract from the hard work that you have done. Taking these boxes out of your home is ideal, and one of the most popular ways to do this is by using a storage pod. Pods storage companies offer a convenient way to easily store your extra furniture and boxes while you are selling your home. There are many storage pods that offer door to door services, and can make storage much easier than renting a u-haul truck! These companies will deliver portable storage containers to your home, where you can pack the container, and then the company will take the storage container to a facility for you. Many times, these storage companies will also deliver your storage pod to your new home when you are ready to move.