Help buyers imagine themselves in your space.
Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the National Association of REALTORS® “2015 Profile of Home Staging.”
- Accent pillows on sofas and table lamps turned on.
- If you have a fireplace, light it up or turn it on.
- Minimal furniture, remove to declutter.
- Display a scene with arrangement of tea or board games.
- Remove everything from your countertops, decorate with flowers and fruit.
- Display only matching sets of dishes, pack everything else up.
- Update cabinets with new hardware or paint.
- Old appliance? Update with stainless steel appliances.
- Clean and organize pantry, make it look roomier than normal by removing items.
- Remove all trash cans.
- Always go gender neutral in the bedroom, lose the pinks and childish colors.
- Pack most of the clothes in the closets and dressers, leave only what you need for the week.
- Give spare rooms a new look such as an office, den, or sewing room.
- Remove all electronics such as video games and televisions.
- Place settings, wine glasses, ready for an event.
- Some flowers and candles will help.
- Scrub till it shines! Especially on the tile grout.
- Remove all clutter from the sink countertops.
- Remove all personal products
- Only use new towels, curtains, and baskets
- Deodorize all drains with natural products such as baking powder and vinegar.
- Replace sink and toilet if they are stained or cracked.
- Neutralize the walls. If any rooms are painted in dark colors, repaint white or beige.
- Paint all rooms the same color to make the whole house seem and feel larger.
- Fill nicks and holes in walls, and touch up with paint. Remove all family portraits and replace with art in strategic places, don’t over do it.
- Make sure every switch plate and outlet cover is new and consistent.
- Wash the windows and repair any holes or tears in screens.
- Keep closets, basements, and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
- Swap dim lights for high-wattage, energy efficient bulbs.
- Check every door, drawer, and cabinet to ensure they open and close easily. Swap out any faulty — or dingy — hardware.
- Damaged or aging hardwood floors? Replace damaged boards with new wood, sand down the entire floor, and re-stain.
- Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home, including carpets.