In today’s competitive market, it is so important to do what is necessary to give your home an edge. You want your home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. One simple, but commonly overlooked, way to do this is through home staging.
Buying a home is emotional and a huge factor in a person’s decision is how the home makes them feel. Homes that are too cluttered with furniture, colors, or possessions can be a complete turnoff. It can be very challenging for a buyer to see past the clutter to be able to see themselves in the home..
1.) Less is More
Think of the Parade of Homes. Or visiting any model home. The theme to any one of them is simple, minimalistic. Clear as many things out of each room as you can. When you are staging your home to look inviting, people often notice the way things are decorated and how the furniture is positioned. If your home has a lot of stuff filling in the spaces in-between, it looks cluttered. A buyer needs to let their own mind fill in the empty space. Clear off counter tops. Take down the family photos. Move the large hutch into the garage or storage unit.
Chaotic colors and mismatched sets are one way to make people feel like your home is dated. Put a matching towel set in the bathroom and the same with your kitchen. If you want things to look professional, then adhere to the simple rule that things need to be uniform and they need to be where they are for a reason. By giving your home this sense of order, things will look nicer and they’ll look much more inviting. Plus, you get to keep those nice new towel sets when you leave.
As any photographer or cinematographer will tell you, lighting is everything. With the right lighting, you can make anything look incredible. Whether you just need to clean your light fixtures or you need to replace some light bulbs, make sure that you have some excellent lighting in your home. You’re going to want to make sure that it’s inviting and not harsh on the eyes and features of your home. After all, no one wants a spotlight, but you also don’t want to hand out flashlights to people coming in to look around.
4.) Exterior Love
While a lot of people focus on their interiors when it comes to staging their home, a lot of people neglect the first thing a person sees when they come to your home, the exterior. Even if it’s during the dead of winter, you’re going to want to make sure that your exterior has been given the proper attention and love that it warrants to invite your prospective buyers in. Cleaning out the landscape and making sure that your bushes are all trimmed and your leaves raked will give your home the manicured look that you’re going for. Again, the first impression is the most important, so make sure that it’s a good one when it comes to the home you’re looking to sell.
5.) Seeing with your nose
Every home has a smell and that’s not a bad or good thing necessarily, but sometimes it does get noticeable. If you have a home that as a unique smell or your occupation has you bringing home the smell of Starbucks beans or diesel, you might want to remove the sources of the smell for the staging. Gather up work clothes or get rid of anything that might give a negative smell to your home. Buy a candle or get some new wax for your bulb. You want to have a home that screams: BUY ME when your prospective buyers come in.
If you need tips on staging the perfect home or are looking to find a qualified and respected agent that will help you sell your home, Boise Premier has the answers you’re looking for. Feel free to contact us at Melissa@boisepremier.com for more information on how we can help you sell your home.