The primary purpose of staging a home is to make it more appealing to all the potential buyers that will visit. “The first impression is the last impression”, holds true here as well. Statistics point to the efficacy of staging. A house that has been staged before being put up for sale spends 73% less time unsold on the market.
A sparsely decorated house allows the potential customers to visualize their dream property which tilts their decision to a great degree towards buying the house. Staging is all about adding subtle touches of aesthetics without taking up too much space so it doesn’t distract the buyers from noticing the genuinely solid features of your property.
Following are the few useful staging secrets that will help add that subtle touch to your house to impress visiting customers.
Decluttering is the simplest yet often ignored part of making a property look appealing. It involves not just cleaning every nook and corner but more importantly taking away all the items that clutter. This makes the place appear roomier and cleaner. It also makes it aesthetically appealing (minimalistic designs and decorations are all the rage for a reason).
Areas to focus on when decluttering would include overstuffed closets, messy countertops, both in the bathrooms and kitchen, kitchen cabinets and the living room. Pack away all the redundant items into the basement until the deed is eventually signed and you must move out.
This one is very important. The point is to help a prospective buyer visualize how his/her living room or bedroom would look like, not yours! Therefore, make sure that you take away all the posters of your favorite divas from your childhood and be sure to hide those school trophies in the basement. Besides, your personal stories on the walls and across the house can distract the buyer from seeing the genuine features of your property. They might get carried away by that Michael Jackson poster on the wall instead of focusing on the house.
Set the Table
The dining table is one furniture item that is almost at the heart of staging. Remove all the other furniture from the room and leave the table in its rightful place. Bring in your best linen or flatware, and adorn the table with some flowers and scented candles. Keep things simple and set only two places at the table. This will give the environment a homey feel. It helps the buyers visualize how things will look like in their new home.
Highlight the Best Features of the Backyard
While the house sets the tone for the sale, staging the backyard can impact the buyer’s decision. First things first, the backyard has to be trimmed and should look spick and span. If you have a courtyard, then get it re-polished and put up some nice cups on the tables. Hang a hammock by the trees and place around a lawn table close by with a wine glass and a book on top. This will create a warm atmosphere that will allow the buyer to visualize spending evenings hanging out here.
Lighten Up the Area
Lighting can make a huge difference, be it in the backyard, bedrooms or the living room. Use bright lights as they make the place look more spacious. Also, make sure all the switches and lights are working and buyers often wiggle the switches as almost a reflex.
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