Homebuying is an emotional process, and getting people to feel attached to your home helps bring you more money on the sale. That first impression on prospective buyers should be a lasting and positive one.
Homebuyers will be in a home for three to four minutes. You want to make those moments memorable and profitable.”You don’t need to be a decorator to stage a home. Check out leading department and home furnishing stores to see what colors they are using and copy them. Bringing in trendy colors immediately modernizes any home, as will fresh linens in the bedroom and bathroom. The goal is making every incoming homebuyer feel like they immediately belong.
Advised by the author of Peggy’s Corner, The Art of Staging, Peggy Selinger-Eaton offers these additional ideas:
- Think clean and open spaces, clear off all surfaces and keep only a few decorative accessories.
- Take a tour of your home and give it a critical look. Get picky! Make a list of things you’d like to improve.
- Eliminate odors from smoking, pets and cooking: Keep your place smelling clean, fresh, and new.
- Remove all personal items, photographs, diplomas, and certificates.
- Let the homebuyers see rooms and return rooms to their original state. A dining room should be a dining room.
- Clean your carpets and touch up the paint. Keep out only a few essentials to give your home generic appeal–throw pillows, candles, and fresh cut flowers are great!
- Clean your exteriors: Sweep, clear away cowebs, and dust the front door entrance. Put out a new doormat, clear out dead brush and overgrown plants in the yard.
- Clear off the countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms. Bring in new towels and finish the look with a vase of fresh cut flowers and candles.