People in the process of searching for homes and real estate can be influenced by even minor updates and changes to your home. Sometimes simply looking at the MLS photos online can entice or repel potential buyers. Luckily, there are some tips you can use to help stage your home to sell so it looks appealing both in photos and in person.
1. Get rid of clutter. This is the first step in home staging. You want your home to be as clean as possible. When possible, you want to “de-personalize” your home so buyers can visualize their own lives in that space. They need to be able to picture themselves living in that homes. Something as simple as packing away family photos can make a big difference.
2. Remember curb appeal. Before buyers even step into your home, the curb appeal will make an impression — so make sure it’s a good one. Clean windows, powerwash decks and siding, make sure the paint is in good condition, update the landscaping and tend to the yard.
3. Less is more. Don’t overwhelm a room with too much furniture. A few sturdy pieces will show off the room and make it look bigger. Try to follow the “only two pieces of furniture per wall” rule.
4. Neutralize your rooms. Fresh, neutral paint on the walls, trim and doors can make the entire home seem cleaner and more inviting. Paint is a fairly inexpensive way to completely update the look of your home.
5. Deodorize. You should deodorize the home before EVERY showing. Some ways to bring good scents into the home include baking cookies in the oven, boiling cinnamon sticks in a pot of water and using air freshener. You may also consider a deep, professional cleaning service.
6. Let in natural light. Show off your home’s windows by using flattering window dressings that let the natural light into the room. Light, airy and gauzy fabrics are usually the best way to show off a home’s natural lighting.