Home staging is a natural part of the home selling process that no seller should take lightly. According to the National Association of Realtors, “39% of sellers’ agents stated that staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time the home is on the market.” Whether you or your agent is staging the home, there are steps you can take to prepare for photos and open houses: declutter your home, depersonalize each room, and set the stage for a “Sold” sign.
Before You Plan a Layout, Clear Out
An open house gives buyers the opportunity to inspect every inch of the house and start planning where their own things will fit. Make it easy for them and declutter your home.
Decluttering can begin long before you put your home on the market, or you can do a little bit every day. No matter when you begin decluttering, start by depersonalizing the property. Removing yourself from the home leaves buyers with space to mentally move in.
Remove every photo of a loved one you have, and make sure anything monogrammed or labeled with a name is packed or moved into storage. Once you start removing everything that’s specific to your life from the home, the leftovers should be easier to sort through and part with.
Depersonalizing a space often means that anything with sentimental value is removed, speeding up the decluttering process. According to Budget Dumpster, “clutter is anything you’re keeping around your house that doesn’t add value to your life.” Going forward with this in mind will ensure that you think twice before keeping something.
Whenever possible, use boxes or bags to keep things separated into four different groups: keep, trash, donate, and put into storage. If you begin by sorting these items, you won’t second guess things while driving to the dump or storage center.
Leave It Outside
If you haven’t already purchased a new home, you’re going to need a place to store all of your personal effects during showings. Decluttering doubles as a way to start packing and to prep for your listing or open house.
As you sort through your belongings, be
cognizant of the storage space required to house it all. Even if you have a few
items to keep, you can’t let them remain in the home, crowding potential
buyers. No closet, basement, or attic should act as your storage unit during
showings since buyers will take the time to check out every square inch of your
property. The last thing you need is for a buyer to open a closet and be
overwhelmed by stuff. Offers will come in faster for a home that’s easier for
buyers to see themselves in, and you can pay weekly or monthly for storage
Ready, Stage, Sell
Now that the home is free of your things and personality, you can begin staging your house. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned the home yourself or hired a professional, make any necessary and minor repairs before any open house.
Walk through your home as a buyer, and look for any issues that you would note during a search. Touch up anything you find to show you’ve really cared for the home. Remember that the exterior of the home should be just as impressive as the inside.
Keep any décor and furniture as minimal and neutral as possible. Put more effort into the rooms that matter most, such as the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and master bedroom, but don’t neglect the others. Every room should be as open and welcoming as possible.
Emphasize the function of each room, adding value to the home overall — and the offers you’ll start receiving. Moving from a home is never easy, but the added profit from following these steps will definitely give you a boost. Whether you’re showing your home now or are about to photograph it, declutter, depersonalize and multiply your offers.
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