According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 81% of buyer’s Realtors said staging helps buyers visualize the property as a future home. It’s also reported that most staged homes receive a 1%-5% increase in the value of the home. Click play to hear Jess’s reasons to stage when selling your home and keep reading for tips on small changes that can make a big different in the eye of a buyer!
STAGING WHILE SELLING YOUR HOME
Beautiful on the Inside AND Outside
First impressions matter. Your home’s curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers will notice when touring your home. Closely monitor your yard to make sure the grass, bushes, and trees aren’t overgrown. Step back and evaluate the exterior of your home as well. Could the door use a fresh coat of paint? Does your siding need to be pressure washed? Feeling extra fancy? Buy a pot of flowers in season to liven up your doorstep.
Less is More
A simple afternoon of decluttering your home can go a long way. Try to keep your surfaces as clear of objects as possible. The same goes for furniture. You want your living spaces to feel as large and spacious as possible. Taking a handful of non-essential furniture out of each room will emphasize your home’s dimensions in the best way.
You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in your home. It can be distracting for buyers to see photos on the walls of who currently lives there. Take the photos down and store them somewhere until you find your new living spaces. You might also want to consider filling any nail holes, patching, and painting when selling your home.
Bust Out the Elbow Grease
Bathrooms can be a major breaking point for buyers. Make sure your bathrooms shine with frequent, thorough cleanings. Yes, it is tedious, and few actually enjoy scrubbing toilets, but no buyer wants to see your toothpaste in their future sink.
It’s Go Time
One of the most difficult tasks when selling your home is keeping it “show-ready.” This means keeping most of your personal items stowed and out of site when potential buyers come for a showing. An easy solution? Buy a few laundry baskets. When you get the notice that someone wants to come by, do a quick sweep of the house and load up the basket with any books, toys, work, etc.., that may be laying out. Throw the basket in your car trunk and take off, avoiding the post-showing scavenger hunt that many sellers experience.