Steps to Staging and Preparing your home for sale
As a real estate agent I can help prepare your home as best as I can from the outside, offering tips and suggestions for repairs and staging ideas. But ultimately it is up to you, the seller, to make final arrangements, repairs, upgrades, and to truly prepare your home for today’s buyers. While each home is unique, there are some standards the buyers are looking for. Here’s a list of the top things you need to do to make sure your home gets shown more often and receives more offers on the table.
- Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to walk through your home providing a fresh set of eyes on any repairs, neglect, or updates that the home may need. Don’t feel insulted or offended the take note that this is what buyers will be looking for as they tour your home.
- Visit model showrooms and homes in new subdivisions. Buyers will be comparing your home to many of these styles so make sure your home matches up.
- Remove any items that may be offensive such as overly religious items, political flair, or anything a buyer may have cause for concern.
- Remove the majority of personal photos. Remember, you want buyers to look at the house, not your personal items. Remove any collections or memorabilia and simply leave one or two items on tables and counters.
- Pack up half of every closet. Buyers want to see space and if all the closets, cabinets, cupboards and drawers are packed full, buyers will get a sense that there is not enough room. You’ll have to be packing up these items anyway so take the time now to make the room and your house feel more spacious.
- Keep neutral colors free-flowing throughout the house. Stay away from dark or bright colors such as red kitchens or bright blue baths. Warm and neutral colors appeal to all types of buyers.
- Remove any gender decor. Overly flowery bedspreads and curtains, masculine ducks and plaid don’t appeal to the majority of buyers. Try to keep things neutral in children’s bedrooms as well. Bright pink walls or sports memorabilia everywhere in a boys room may be a little overpowering.
- Don’t neglect the outside. Buyers see the outside of your home first so make sure that your curb appeal is clean and well tended, lawns or mode and edged, shrubs and trees are trimmed back, replace the mulch and add some flowers the complement the color of the home.
- Repaint the front door and trim if necessary. Sometimes just a simple touchup of the trim or the front door can add new life to the front of the house.
- Make sure rooms are designed and set up as they were originally meant to be. Keep the master bedroom as such; remove any office equipment from the dining room; keep living room and family room decor appropriate.
Remember, you are staging for buyers, not yourself. Try to stage and design for the majority of homebuyers and try not to feel offended or be to overly emotional when it comes to removing certain items. You’ll be able to set up in your new home exactly how you like it.