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Remember These 10 Things When Staging Your Home
From showing off square footage to choosing the right scent, follow these 10 rules to make your home stand out among the competition.
It’s a sellers market these days so if you’re looking to sell, this is your moment! However, before you put your home on the market, you’ll want to follow our 10 commandments of staging your home! While your house may seem perfect for you, it’s not necessarily perfect in the eyes of potential home buyers. They’ll likely want somewhere that they can envision starting a new chapter of their lives in -- a blank canvas. So, follow these 10 commandments and you’ll sell your home in no time!
Square Footage, square footage, square footage
Home buyers often consider square footage a huge factor when looking at homes. However, how you show it off will make a huge difference in their perception of whether the home is large enough for their needs. Remove clutter from your home to make it appear more spacious. Oversized furniture will give the appearance that the home is lacking space. Clear out excess furniture and find minimalistic pieces to stage your home.
While you may love those homemade knick-knacks your children made in nursery school or the gallery wall of photos from your travels, home buyers want to visualize themselves in the house, not another family. The less personalized you can make it, the better.
Show No Signs of Pets
Again, while your pet is family to you, outsiders may be turned off by pet hair and scents. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning, especially if you have a pet that sheds. Remove dog beds, litter boxes and cat towers.
Let There Be Light
Having natural light is a huge selling point for a house. It makes the space feel bigger and more inviting. Open your curtains when showing your home. You can also use mirrors as a technique to make your home appear larger. When the light bounces off of the mirror, it will help to illuminate the dark unlit areas of your home.
Fill Your Home with Great Scents
Setting the mood with some clean, inviting scents is a great way to make your home one that buyers will enjoy. You’ll want to avoid anything too overpowering -- you don’t want them to think you are masking anything -- but look for a clean scent with hints of citrus, mint or florals. A diffuser, like this one from Nest, works well in entryways or bathrooms. Or, a candle, like this Basil, Mint and Mandarian one from CoCo Benjamin, will bring a lovely scent to your kitchen or living room.
Show Off Storage
Having enough storage space is also a huge selling point for a new home. If your closets and drawers are cluttered and overstuffed, it will give the impression that there is not enough space. Also, it just doesn’t look nice! Do some spring (or summer) cleaning and toss or donate as much as you can. You can also find tons of organization systems from stores like Target or The Container Store that will help get your home in the best place for showings.
Show Off Your Flow
Pay attention to the flow of your house. Avoid having items that block entrances to rooms or make it difficult to move about. You want potential buyers to feel like there is a natural flow as they walk through your home. Clear out any oversized furniture or clunky items that interrupt that flow. No one should be walking around furniture to get from point A to point B.
Make the Kitchen a Centerpiece
A potential homebuyer will always be thrilled to see a gorgeous kitchen. If yours is in need of a refresh, you can make some affordable adjustments that will really help sell the place. Modern and clean is always a good look. Avoid clutter inside and out of your cabinets. Using a fresh can of paint can make all the difference -- update your cabinets with a color that pops like a moody blue. You can add new hardware as well to give your kitchen a more modern look.
Add a Touch of Luxury
There are ways to add some luxe to your home for less. A few throw pillows can update a drab couch. A sleek coffee tray with metallic accents and a few vases of flowers can really elevate your living room. You may think a modern or ornate chandelier would cost a fortune, but there are actually many affordable options out there, like this one from Wayfair. Add one or several of these types of lighting fixtures in a bedroom, kitchen, or living room, to make your house really standout.
If you want them to come inside your house, you’ll need to first sell them on the outside. Don’t overlook the importance of your home’s curb appeal. From having a front door that stands out, to planting florals and maintaining a clean landscape, these improvements are going to help sell your home and possibly get you more money for it.