To stage or not to stage? That is the true real estate question. Yes, you can pay someone or a company to stage your home when you are getting it prepared for the market; however, with a few simple steps, you can stage a gorgeous home for your future buyers.
- Remember you are preparing a space for others to visualize themselves occupying it. Therefore, depersonalize, depersonalize, depersonalize! Photos, prized artwork, treasured knick-knacks, books, and other personal items need to go to storage or out to the garage. Making your current home a neutral property creates a space for others to “see” their furnishings and treasures throughout the home.
2. Get to work on those repairs you have been putting off. Some home owners even hire an inspector to go through their home for a pre-inspection before listing. This helps curb any surprises that may arise from a home inspection once the property is already under contract. A good rule of thumb is “If it is broken, fix it.” This preemptive measure may save some steps (and headaches) along the way.
3. Remove bulky pieces of furniture to make the space look larger. This method particularly applies to main living spaces such as the living room and master suite. Also, clean up and clean out the notorious “junk” or “catch-all” room. Again, you are creating vision for the future home owner.
4. Before showings, let there be light! Open blinds, shutters, and curtains to let the natural light pour into the space. When possible, leave your lights on throughout the home (including porch lights for later showings). Turn ceiling fans on low to create movement and “feel” to a room, and make sure to have either an odor neutralizing system or scent plug-ins throughout the home.
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