The moment you put your house on the market, it becomes a “product.” A home properly staged for showing stands out from the crowd has a better chance of selling and at a higher price than a non-staged home, according to Zillow.
Staging is about letting people see the best your home has to offer while minimizing its less-attractive traits. For example, properly staged, a small room can look like a spacious office space. Staging a home allows buyers to see the potential your home has, without making them use their imagination, says Da Lusso Design. Staging your home for sale is as simple as following the five “Ds.”
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The most important thing you can do when it comes time to show your home is to get rid of clutter, Better Homes and Gardens says. Buyers will have a difficult time imagining their own belongings in the home if all they can see if your “stuff.” Take anything that doesn’t have a distinct purpose out of each room. Knick-knacks, souvenirs, books and children’s toys all look like clutter to someone walking through for the first time. In addition to making your home appear more tranquil, the absence of clutter will make the rooms feel well-kept.
If you must keep any items for your next home, box them up and put them in storage. Donate anything you really don’t need — meaning anything that is cluttering up your own life — to charity.
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If your sinks are a mess or there are toys scattered around the house, buyers naturally assume that you don’t take much pride in home ownership. Enlist aid from friends and family and deep clean each room as though you are preparing for special guests.If the walls are dirty, give them a fresh coat of paint, wipe dirt out of light fixtures, shake out area rugs, clean the oven and wipe down cabinets. When someone is serious about buying your home they are likely to open every door and cabinet to see what is behind it.
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While you’re getting rid of clutter and dust, look around each room and decide which pieces of furniture you can live without for a while. An old desk, extra chair in the living room or heavy china cabinet in the dining room can be put into short-term storage in order to better “show” the house. As much as you may like those items, prospective buyers are not interested in them and simply want to know how much space is available for their belongings.
The common belief that rooms feel larger and are easier to use when all the furniture is pushed against the wall is a myth, HGTV says. It recommends “floating” your furniture by positioning it away from the walls and into cozy conversational groups. By creating these conversational groupings you create a clear-cut traffic flow and make the rooms feel larger.
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Replacing worn items with new stylish furnishings can make a world of difference. Replace tired throw pillows, hang a new piece of art over the fireplace, update tired drapes with window treatments, switch out a worn shower curtain with something stylish and add a beautiful candle to the coffee table.
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You likely adore the children’s artwork hanging on the refrigerator and family photos scattered around the house. The problem is, seeing your personalized items everywhere makes it more difficult for people to imagine their things filling the same space. Packing away your personal items is one of the easiest, least expensive, things you can do to sell your home quickly, according to Bankrate.
Mandy is a stay-at-home mom who blogs about ways to keep your home green and sustainable.