5 Tips for Staging your House
These days, if you want to sell your house quickly and for the best possible price, a coat of paint and a light cleaning aren’t enough. To inspire a buyer’s imagination and turn a house into their home, you’ve need to get a little creative – and that’s where home staging can help.
Here are a few tips to prepare your home for viewing.
Remove particularly personal items like trophies, children’s artwork, religious artifacts, and family pictures. You want buyers to imagine themselves here, and not feel like they’re intruding on someone’s personal space.
Remove extra furniture and accessories; rooms that are uncluttered feel bigger, and also allow the buyer to imagine his or her furniture in the space.
Great hotel decor works because it appeals to a wide set of tastes, and so should yours. Unusual coloured walls may be great for you, but could turn off a buyer. It’s the same with artwork — your Dogs Playing Poker picture may be ironic, but the buyer will not be aware of that.
Make necessary repairs
Aside from fixing an issue that might fail a home inspection, such as a faulty chimney, you don’t have to undergo major renovation to sell your house. However, it’s important that light switches work, faucets don’t leak and broken windows are replaced. Otherwise a buyer might wonder what other maintenance has been neglected.
Nothing will give you a higher return on your investment than a good top-to-bottom cleaning, either by a professional or by yourself. This means washing windows inside and out, power-washing the outside of the house, washing cupboard fronts and floors, and having furniture and carpets cleaned.