Statistics show that well-staged homes sell faster and get better offers than homes that are cluttered. By pre-packing and clearing the clutter, you can reduce the stress of preparing for showings and make it easier to move when your home sells.
Try these five staging and organizing tips to help you reach a faster sale
1. Clean up from top to bottom
- Get rid of outdated clothing, duplicate items and rarely used things.
- To keep this task from being overwhelming, tackle one room at a time.
2. Pack up everything but the essentials
- Start packing for your move by packing things you want to take to your next place, but aren't using on a daily basis.
- Store items in the garage, basement or off-site (boxes should be stacked neatly if they stay at your home).
- The idea is to give potential buyers sense of space, which can't be done if your home is cluttered.
- Make your home look like a furniture showroom with only a minimal number of decorative items on shelves, tables and counters.
3. Fix obvious problems
- Remove out of style wall paper.
- Replace broken light fixtures, door handles, door stops, etc .
- Check caulk in bathrooms and redo it if it doesn't look fresh.
- Update or clean cabinet and drawer pulls.
- Refresh dated window treatments.
- Clean light switches, cabinet doors and other doors that get dirty over time (potential buyers will notice this even if you don't).
- Easy fixes like these can make your home stand out from the competition.
- Remove family pictures and personal collections as much as possible.
- Replace with neutral artwork and simple accessories
- This gives potential buyers a neutral canvas so they can imagine their belongings in your home.
5. Finishing Touches
- Put newer towels in the bathrooms.
- Each room should have a purpose. If you aren't using a room right now, don't leave it empty, make it look like a bedroom, office, nursery, etc.
- Professional stagers recommend tailoring the design style to your target demographic. Example: If you're in a family neighborhood, style the bedrooms for children, even if none live in your home.
- Don't go out and buy new furniture - use what you have to set your home up to look it's best. If you want to stage a bedroom and don't have a bed, you can use a air mattress and raise it up to normal bed heights using buckets.
For more tips on staging for your particular situation, just give me a call. I'm happy to give you my professional advice.
Thank you for reading.
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