Home Staging Tips in 2023
Home Staging Tips
- Up your curb appeal
- Declutter and depersonalize
- Make quick fixes
- Paint the walls a neutral color
- Fix big ticket items if budget allows
- Clean, scrub and clean some more
- Designate a purpose for each room
By following these tips and advice, your home will looks its best and sell for the most amount of money in the current market. Putting your best foot forward make mean some work in the short term, but it will mean more money in your pocket in the long term!
Curb Appeal is Everything
First impressions are everything. Your home needs to have great curb appeal or it will immediately turn away prospective buyers. Spruce up your exterior by getting new mulch or pine straw around your shrubbery. Make sure you lawn if freshly cut before your house is put on the market. Other ways to add curb appeal is bringing new life to your entrance. Add a new door mat and potted flowers next to the door. You can also put fresh paint on your front door and add new hardware.
Most people have too much furniture that makes rooms look smaller. Get rid of knick-knacks and shelves full of items. Put toys away. Clean everything off your kitchen counters. Buy storage bins and fill them! You’ll be amazed at how much STUFF you own when you see it all boxed away!
We had an entire corner of our garage full of storage bins, but if you have it in your budget it might be a good idea to rent a storage unit – especially if you have a lot of furniture that needs to be removed for staging.
For home staging, it is said you should depersonalize your home as much as possible. This means that generally you don’t want to have too many pictures of yourself on the walls. Why? You want buyers to be able to picture THEMSELVES in the home instead of picturing YOU.
You want your home to feel like a home and to still be inviting. Don’t remove so much that it feels cold and sterile.
Make Quick Fixes
Quick fixes won’t necessarily add a ton of value to your home, but they will make it more appealing to buyers – which may add perceived value. For instance, painting ceilings and scuffed walls, updating the kitchen with a few low budget items, freshening up the bathroom grout or even just replacing a cracked bathroom medicine cabinet.
These are cheap and easy fixes to make but they help your home look its best. In the eyes of a buyer, it’s also one less thing for them to fix.
Clean, Clean, Clean…..and Clean Some More!
If you take one bit of advice from this post – clean your house. I mean a DEEP CLEAN not just a surface clean. Make sure the insides of cabinets and drawers are spotless, all your appliances and faucets are shiny and baseboards and floors are dust-free.
Remove scuffs on walls with a magic eraser. They really are magic!
The bathroom needs to be absolutely spotless. Remove all the products from the shower and sink and add an orchid to brighten up the space. Again, don’t forget to shine the faucets and shower heads and of course make sure the mirror is spotless!
Another thing to focus on when cleaning is your floors. I love walking into a home during a showing and the house having clean, shiny floors. It just adds to the experience and really makes the home show well.
Each Room Needs a Purpose
Each room should be designated to serve a clear purpose.
Not all buyers have great imaginations. Sometimes they need help seeing how a space can be used. For example, when we bought our house, there was a room that use to be a formal living room. We decided to use that room as a home office. We added a few desks/chairs and made it our own home office. It is clear what that room is used for now.
I hope you can use these tips when you get ready to put your home on the market. As always, you can contact us with any of your home buying or selling needs.
-Jecca and Stephen