Staging Your Home

Posted by Steph Kaye on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 7:37pm.

Helping Buyers See Your House as Theirs

Staging your home is paramount in the process of preparing your home for sale. It is the art of featuring your home's best features. It is the genius of giving prospective buyers the ability to see your home as theirs. Staging is what happens after all the repairs are made. By properly staging your home, you minimize the amount of time your house spends on the market and maximize the sale price. Trying to sell your home without staging it is like trying to land a job by showing up to the interview in your pajamas.

 Here are 10 staging tips to help put your home's best foot forward when preparing home for sale.

 Curb Appeal 

When home shopping, people often decide whether or not they are interested by first driving by. Give the outside of your home a make over to convince potential buyers to take a closer look. Paint the front door as well as any shutters and trim to match. Make sure your lawn is mowed and the hedges are trimmed. Weed and mulch all the flower beds. If you have a porch, sweep away any stray leaves and cobwebs. Strategically place patio chairs to create an inviting space. Nothing says, "Welcome!" like potted flowers near the front door.

 De-Clutter

You are going to be moving out of your home soon so start getting rid of clutter before your home sells to help it sell even faster. Pack up any seasonal items and any collections you may have. Clean out the junk drawer and organize the cupboards. This will go a long way toward helping prospective buyers visualize themselves living in the home.

 Clean

This is one of the most important parts of staging your home. A clean home looks and feels larger. And a clean home tells your buyer that your home has been well maintained. Dirty homes are a big turn-off to potential buyers. Although you can do it yourself, having a professional clean your home has the advantage of getting a fresh perspective on what needs to be done for your house to be truly clean. The longer you've lived in your house, the more you are to overlook stains and cluttered areas. Additionally, dirty carpets can give your home an odor that sends both buyers and realtors running, especially if you have pets. Have your carpets professionally cleaned to rid your home of any odors and carpet stains.

 Paint

Paint is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your home and give it a clean, crisp feel. Be sure to choose neutral colors that appeal to the widest possible audience. Light colors will give your home an open and airy feel. A fresh coat of paint can improve the appearance of your house and make your home seem more spacious and inviting. 

 Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important selling points of your home. A well-staged kitchen can clinch the sale. Stage the kitchen in such a way that it is clean and bright. Remove all counter top appliances. Organize the pantries and cupboards. Make every effort to show your potential buyers everything that your kitchen can be. If you have an eat-in kitchen, use a small table to show them just how inviting the space is. Cabinets that are outdated may need more than just cleaning. For a quick update, replace old knobs and drawer pulls with more modern ones. 

 Bathroom

After the kitchen, the bathroom is the biggest selling point of your house. Bathrooms can look and feel more spacious by installing a pedestal sink. Make sure all glass and chrome is clean, bright, and shiny. Pay special attention to shower doors. Give your bathroom a luxurious feel by placing thick, fluffy towels that are color coordinated. Green plants can also create an open and spacious ambiance.

 Living Room

Arrange furniture in such a way that potential buyers notice only how great a space it is for spending quality time with their families and entertaining guests. You'll want them to imagine it is their living room, not remind them that it is yours. Do this by removing any portraits and religious items. Arrange furniture in groupings that promote conversation. If you have a fireplace, remove the television and make the fireplace the focal point of the room.

 Bedrooms

Bedrooms should communicate comfort. Remove any excess furniture and use the smallest bed possible to make the room appear as spacious as possible. Dress your bed with linens in neutral colors adding a splash of color with throw pillows. Fresh cut flowers and greenery can add an inviting touch of comfort.

 Closets

Yes, they will look inside your closets! Storage space is high on the list of amenities that people look for in a home. Don't make people imagine how great the closets could be. Show them by leaving the closets half full. You'll be surprised at how much stuff you've been meaning to give to charity. Now is a good time. You'll get a tax deduction and your house will sell quicker than you anticipated. Next, organize and put on display what remains to showcase that closet's space.

 Back yard

Stage the back yard like an outdoor living room. Make it inviting and comfortable. Make sure that everything is just as neat and tidy as the front yard but with a relaxed feel. If you have a porch, add a patio table and chairs. If there is no porch, add an umbrella and a patio table. If your potential buyers feel like sitting on the back porch and staying a while, you might have just have sold your house. Congratulations!

If you are in the market for a new house and would like information on homes for sale, or are first time home buyer not working with a Realtor and would like to schedule a consultation with a qualified Oakland County and Macomb County Realtor, please complete the Lang Premier Properties contact form to have a real estate agent contact you. 

Lang Premier Properties are Birmingham Realtors specializing in Oakland County Real Estate. Stephanie is an agent with Lang Premier Properties. See what past clients have to say about Stephanie Lang.  Lang Premier Properties looks out for your best interests when you purchase a new custom luxury home. We always recommend working with an experienced luxury real estate agent when buying a new luxury estate.


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