How to Stage Your Home to Sell – Stinky Dogs are Not a Sales Tool
If selling your home, you may have been told to stage it. But what do you really need to do to stage a home? Isn’t your decor enough to show it at its best? Probably not. So here are a few necessary things to do in order to have your home show at its best.
Go outside and look at it. Stage your home on the outside as well. Does your landscaping need some help? Lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or snow shoveled. Gardens should be weeded or neatly winterized, depending on the time of year. If you have a porch, sweep and declutter it and make sure any garbage and recycling are stored neatly away from the front of the house. Scrub doors, railings, and steps, and paint them, if necessary. If you want to sell your home make the entrance to your home warm and inviting. Make sure prospective buyers want to come in. If the outside isn’t inviting they won’t even stop to look inside.
Stage each room. Go from room to room and declutter. Look at every item with a very critical eye and ask yourself why you’re keeping it. If it isn’t essential or a keepsake, donate it to a charity. If rooms and closets still look cramped, rent a storage locker. You’re going to move anyway, so start the packing process early. Leave only what you will need to live for the 30 or so days that it should take to sell your home. That means those family photos come down. If they were on walls, find a nice nondescript painting or wall hanging to take its place, but remember, less is more. To sell your home you have to help buyers see themselves living in it.. so make it neutral.
Walk through the house and look for chipped paint, nail holes and other defects that make rooms look shabby. Fix them. Touch up paint, fill in holes. If your walls are dark or bright colors, consider repainting in a lighter shade. Re-glue any peeling wallpaper. Make sure cupboards open and shut and that no taps are dripping. Even more importantly, CLEAN! Clean everything, ceiling to floor. Under furniture, in closets, behind doors. If you want to sell your home make it easy to move in by having it clean and without any defects.
Buyers look everywhere. If you have pets, find out of the way places for their gear. Cat’s litter boxes and their smell are an immediate turn-off, as is animal hair everywhere. Dog toys, bowls, and crates are unsightly as well as dog smell is stinky! Consider having a friend or family member take your pets while the home is on the market.
Staging your home makes the difference between selling it for your asking price, and not selling it.