Staging a home for selling is a very important part of getting buyers interested in making a purchase. Sellers want their home chosen over other options, and when they focus on making sure the home looks its best, it's easier for buyers to make that choice. But knowing exactly what to do when it comes to staging a home does not always come easy. Here are five ways any seller can improve the look of their home's interior, so buyers will be more interested in what they have to offer.
1. Make Sure You De-Clutter Everything
One of the best things you can do to stage a home is to de-clutter it. Buyers want to be able to see themselves living there, and that's very hard to do when they are stepping over and around the seller's things, or when countertops and tables have the seller's items all over them. Fortunately, de-cluttering isn't that hard. You can go through everything and put it all away, but if there's no time, it can be placed into bins or boxes and stored in the bottom of a closet, as well. As long as it's not out in the open or just piled somewhere, the house will be have a more attractive appearance.
2. Rearrange That Furniture For a More Open Feel
A lot of people have more furniture in their homes than they really need or are using. If you move the furniture around and take some of it out of the rooms, the house will automatically look bigger. That's good news for sellers, because buyers are usually looking for bigger, more open spaces. Some of the furniture can be stored elsewhere, or even sold or donated if the seller does not want to keep it, and the house will look much more neat and orderly without the extra furniture in there. This will give homes an edge im competitive home selling markets like Chugiak.
3. Put Away Kid's Toys and Pet Supplies
Children and pets can be messy, and picking up after them takes time. By reducing the number of toys and other items your children and pets have in the house, and packing some of those things away for later, the house can be staged more easily. Buyers do not really want to think about the seller's children and pets. They want to think about what it will feel like to live in the house if they buy it. Sellers can give them more of that feel by keeping kid's and pet's toys picked up.
4. Pack Up All Those Pictures and Knickknacks
The pictures of your family and souvenirs from your travels are great to have around, but not when buyers are coming by. Sellers who are serious about staging will pack those things away to have for their next house, instead of leaving them out for buyers to see. The same is true with a lot of decorations on the walls or tables. Especially if those decorations are very religious or political in nature, it is best to take them down.
5. Add Some Neutral Artwork and Decoration
There is no reason for the walls to be bare. Adding some inexpensive, neutral decoration to the walls and tables can be a great way to help buyers feel at home in the space. Neutral colors and designs should be used, though, to make sure buyers are not upset or offended by anything in the home. Even though those types of things do not stay with the home, it can still make a buyer feel uncomfortable, and that can mean a lost sale.
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