Staging a House for Sale

First Impressions

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling a house. When a house is listed for sale, it’s not surprising to see people slowly driving by before they request a showing or attend an open house. Appeal to potential buyers with maintained landscaping, clean patios and clear walkways. Walk the perimeter of the house and stash away unsightly garbage cans, building materials, or anything else that may be lingering around the outside. Make sure your roof is clear of moss and dry rot and that all gutters are clear. The more curb appeal there is, the better chance you have of selling a house.

Mop, Dust, Vacuum, Repeat

Before even considering selling a house, everything needs to be spotless. Floors, baseboards, cupboards, windows, should all be cleaned before a showing. It’s hard to remember every nook and cranny in your house, but to potential buyers, that’s exactly what they are looking for. Potential buyers are a fresh pair of eyes to the house, and don’t want any “surprises” after purchasing. They look through closets, cupboards, drawers, and even under sinks to make sure there is no dirt, grime, leaks or anything else hiding.

Neutral and Natural

You don’t know what type of buyers are going to be walking through your front door. They could have a loud, busy style, or a calm, cool style. Whichever the case may be, it’s best to stage your home in a neutral manner that pleases most. Try painting your walls with a neutral color like beige or taupe. It adds some color, but also acts as a blank canvas for buyers to imagine how they would style their new home.

Most buyers are looking for homes that feel fresh and airy. Pin up all blinds and draperies to bring in natural light throughout the home. Natural light is the most effective way to set a mood, and can really change the feel of a room.

Not So Personal Touch

Buyers are interested in your home, not your family photos. Start decluttering your home by boxing up photos, awards, collectables, and anything else that may turn buyers off. They want to imagine their stuff in your space, the more empty spaces they have to do that, the easier it is for them to imagine. Keep all decor simple, but don’t forget to make the home presentable. Some new art work and light fixtures can really add some life to the room.