Happy New Year! Now, is an excellent time to prepare your home to sell in the real estate market. If you have thought about or are considering staging your home, this is the perfect place to kick-off 2016. Home staging consists of a 2 part process: it begins with the preparation of your home and ends with the hands-on staging of your home. Let's start at the beginning, with preparing your home to sell.
Williams' Haven ReStyling & Staging has 8 quick home staging tips to help you get started in preparing your home to sell.
1. Time to Move On - If you have lived in your home for some time, letting go of "my home," can be a challenge. However, the sooner you make the decision to transition from homeowner to home seller, the sooner you can prepare your home, get it staged and on the market to sell.
2. Start Today - The number one comment I hear from my clients is, "I didn't know home staging required this much work!" Preparing your home to sell is a process that includes multiple steps: decluttering, neutralizing, cleaning, and home repairs. Preparing your home to sell begins with the preparation process and ends with hands-on staging. Depending upon what is required to complete the steps for your home, you may learn the entire process has required more of your time, effort, and energy then you planned for.
3. Declutter...Declutter...Declutter - The purpose for decluttering your home is to help potential home buyers envision how spacious your home is. Potential home buyers love space. Items like furniture, accessories, and personal items take up space and makes your home not appear as spacious as it can be. Decluttering is the task of sorting through and editing down to only the items and furniture you need, to make your home appear as spacious as possible.
4. Neutralize - "Appeal to the masses." Neutralizing a home helps potential home buyers to connect with a home and visualize actually living in a home, which in turn increases the possibility of the purchase of a home. The colors you use in your home, on your walls, floor, furniture, and accessories should appeal to a wide number of potential home buyers. Neutral colors does not mean white, tan, and beige. Colors used today in staging a home, includes grays, blues, and greens. Add pops of color using accessories throughout your home, to unity your home. Limit the number and amount of colors used. Neutralizing also includes the removal of items like family pictures, religious artifacts and replace with pictures and accessories that are more neutral, for example - pictures and paintings of flowers or landscapes.
5. Clean - This is usually a sensitive topic to discuss with clients. The purpose for this discussion is not to judge homeowners housekeeping skills. The cleaner your home is, gives your home the appearance of a well-cared for home.
6. Home Repairs - Take care of any home repairs. Give your home the appearance of a well-maintained home.
7. Storage Spaces - Don't forget to prepare and stage these storage spaces for sell, i.e., closets, food pantries, cabinet drawers. Potential home buyers will open closet doors and cabinet drawers to look in these storage spaces. No, not to see what's in your storage spaces, but to determine if there is enough storage space for his or her needs.
8. Get Help! - Don't go it alone. If you don't know where to start or what to do to prepare your home to sell, hire a professional. A professional home stager can help you with the entire process of home staging, from preparing to hands-on staging of your home.
I hope these quick tips have helped you to get started in preparing your home to sell.
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