Staging is Game-Changing: Selling Your Home

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Staging your home inside and out can seem a bit overwhelming, but the return you will receive on all of your hard work will absolutely pay off when you sell your home. With these no-fail tips, you'll find out exactly what you need to do to in order to get your house ready and prove that it's worth its selling price.

Curb appeal

Whether viewing your home for the first time while driving by or seeing a picture online, the first thing people will notice is how the house looks from the outside. Does it appeal to potential buyers? If the outside of your home has issues, you may not get very many people wanting a further look inside.
You'll want to make sure your lawn, flowers, trees, and bushes are tidy, trimmed, and looking neat. Painting your front door a pleasing, coordinating color can take years off the look of your home and add character. Plant flowers in two large flower pots on either side of the front door to add some pops of color.
Something that many people forget about is the garage. Check out your garage door; is it old? Does it have peeling paint or dents? Is it distracting potential buyers from noticing the rest of the house? You might want to replace or paint your garage door as it is a crucial part of the overall curb appeal and selling potential of your home.

Declutter and Depersonalize

Clutter in your home can be quite distracting for potential buyers. A good rule of thumb is to remove 1/3 of the belongings in each room. You want buyers to see the size and the potential of the room, rather than your stuff. This includes furniture, decorations, and personal belongings. Organize rooms to feel more spacious and inviting.
You'll also want to depersonalize each room. This means removing photos and even taming down your personal tastes. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space, which is difficult to do when there is too much personality in a room.

Kitchen and Bathrooms

The kitchen may need to be your largest investment. Kitchens tend to be a make-it-or-break-it aspect of home selling, so don't skimp out in this area. While it may be pricey, you will likely get the money back (and more) in the sale of your home. First, deep clean and remove the clutter from the kitchen. Consider new countertops, appliances, and hardware, especially if they are older or outdated.
For bathrooms, make sure to deep clean them. Get rid of any signs of mold. Bleach works great for this. Clean and dust light fixtures and fix any leaky faucets. You may want to replace hardware as well. You can also stage your bathroom with new towels, rugs, or a shower curtain. Add some candles or decorative soaps to create an inviting atmosphere.

Paint and Lighting

The more light you can let into your home, the better. Open curtains and shades to let natural light in. Turn on all lights, add lamps if necessary, and make sure there are no burned out bulbs. If you're worried lamps might clutter up your space, think about adding some wall sconces instead of lamps.
The paint color on your walls can majorly affect a potential buyer. You don't want any crazy or too-bold colors on your walls, but you also don't want boring, all-white walls either. Slate and soft grey-blue colors are great options and have shown to actually increase the value of homes up to $1,800! Basically, you want to make sure you choose colors that would be appealing to a wide variety of people. Also, before painting, make sure you fill in any existing holes that would be visible to buyers.
A little bit of work and financial investment can really make a difference when it comes to the value of your home and the time it takes to sell. Depersonalize, declutter, paint, make sure you have great curb appeal, and make your house look like a place that people would want to call home. And good luck!

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