How do you make your home look it's best for potential buyers while you are still living there? By doing a little home staging of course. In today's market, home staging is more important than ever.
When the market is a 'buyer's market', sellers have to do everything they can to make their home stand out in the crowd. No matter what your situation is, there are things that you can do to make your home look better and more appealing to buyers.
If you are living in the home that you are trying to sell, here are a few tips to help you stage your home.
1. Clean, clean, clean. Clean everything. I can not stress this enough. A clean and sparkly home makes potential home buyers feel more at ease in your home and gives them a more favorable memory of your home well after they're gone.
A spotless home says that it has been well taken care of and that everything is in working order. Buyers relax and take their time going through the house. This relaxed mood lets them slow down and really imagine how their furniture will fit, and what each room could be used for.
A dirty home just makes buyers run for the door. As a seller, you definitely do not want to make possible buyers run away!
2. Pack up as much clutter as you can and then pack a little more. Your personal treasures might not be appealing to the buyers that visit your house. Also, for security purposes, it's a good idea to put valuable trinkets away out of sight.
It is even better if you can take your valuables out of the house entirely. Can you store some things at a family member's house or a friend's house? Can you rent a storage unit while your house is on the market? The Realtor's that come through your home are normally a very trust-worthy group of people but no one can vouch for the buyers that they bring with them. So, why tempt fate? You will rest easier knowing that your precious items are not being looked over by strangers.
When you remove the clutter and most personal items (including framed photos) from your home, you make the house neutral. Buyers prefer looking at neutral spaces rather than rooms that are heavily decorated in one style or another.
These are the top two tips for making your home more appealing to buyers. Ask your Realtor for more home staging ideas. Your Realtor should have many more ideas to help you get your home looking great.