Easily Attract Buyers and Increase Your Offer Price
It’s still a seller’s market! This means if you are planning to put your home on the market, now’s the time to leverage your pricing power as a seller. One of the best ways to attract the highest offers from potential buyers is to take time to stage your home. The great thing is, most staging tips are easy to do.
Why Stage Your Home?
Home staging makes your property appealing to a wide range of potential buyers. It highlights the good features, makes the home look better in photos, and allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the space.
Good home staging also increases offer prices and reduces the time your home stays on the market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2019 Profile of Home Staging report, a quarter of buyer’s agents said home staging increased the offer dollar value by 1 to 5 percent. The report also said the important rooms for staging were the living room (47 percent), the master bedroom (42 percent), and the kitchen (35 percent).
Top 4 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast
We’ve put together the top 4 staging tips you can easily implement for your next sale.
1. Clean and Repair the Entire Property
It’s best to clean every room in your home thoroughly. Clean and repaired homes relay the message that you’ve taken good care of the property and make the space more appealing. Clear out cobwebs, deep clean carpets, dust the entire house, remove hard-water stains from faucets, and clean the inside of your fridge and cabinets. Make sure there isn’t any mold or strong odors anywhere. Also, consider repainting old tiles or doing paint touch-ups in areas that paint has chipped.
Pro tip: To remove scuffs from walls, use a melamine foam eraser pad.
2. Declutter and Depersonalize the Space
It’s best to remove clutter and personal items to help potential buyers imagine themselves in your home. Pack up items you don’t use daily, clear countertops of personal items, show off storage spaces, and remove family photos and kid’s artwork. This process will help your home feel like it could belong to the buyer when they first step into it. Decluttering also makes your home look bigger and more welcoming since space sells.
3. Rearrange Your Furniture
Another way to increase space is to rearrange the furniture so there’s plenty of open, walkable areas. Make sure buyers can easily access your home’s best features, such as windows, built-in bookshelves, and fireplaces. Experts recommend floating furniture away from walls and repositioning sofas and chairs into cozy groups to make a room feel user-friendly. Also, consider getting rid of oversized, damaged, or mismatched pieces.
If your home is sparsely furnished and you want to add new pieces for staging, you can rent furniture for staging or cheaply purchase gently used furniture from home-stagers.
4. Accessorize to Your Advantage
While you don’t want to clutter your space, specific accessories can make your home more desirable. Most importantly, ensure there is enough lighting. Open the window blinds to let natural light in, or purchase lamps and closet lights to brighten dark areas. Additional tips include:
- Use mirrors in smaller rooms to create the illusion of more space.
- Add bold color accents to draw attention to areas you want to feature.
- Add a small table as a designated workspace or home office corner.
- Use rugs to subtly separate living spaces, especially in small studios.
With these tips, expect the best offers for your home selling activities!
– The Zion Team
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