A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize it as their own.  That’s why your Realtor, David Isaac, believes that staging your home to sell is critical to your success.  Unless you plan to price and market your home as a fixer-upper, you will be well served to think about my tips for home staging below!

 

  • Dress up your yard. First impressions count, and the first one your home gives comes from the exterior. Mow the lawn, clean up shrubbery, rake any leaves, clean the walkway and driveway, plant in-season flowers, and pull up any unsightly weeds.
  • Reduce personal items. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal photos and knick-knacks from shelves, walls, and counters. Instead replace them with clean, simple décor, such as abstract paintings, nature images, vases, plants, and more.
  • Organize your storage areas. Storage is a huge selling point. Tidy up and clear out the accessible closets and cupboards in the home and make sure to point them out during an open house or showing.  If a buyer feels like the home lacks adequate storage, they will be unwilling to write an offer.  To avoid this objection, de-clutter, and remove any items you can live without during the selling process.  It will give the impression that this home has a place for everything.  If you have to rent a storage facility, it may pay dividends when your home sells for top dollar!
  • Appeal to the senses. Consider ways you can appeal to potential homebuyers’ other senses. Neutral paint colors on the interior walls put potential buyers at ease and make the home feel move-in ready.  During a viewing or open house, bake some fresh cookies or burn pleasantly scented candles and play light, relaxing music in the background.
  • Consider turning to an expert. With their knowledge of current trends and great eye for design, professionally certified stagers can transform a home in a variety of ways and have a keen sense of what homebuyers want and expect in a home. Investing in hiring a pro may pay off in dividends.