If you want to sell your house faster, staging a house might help. Staging a home gets your place showroom-ready and allows home buyers to imagine themselves living there. Home buyers are used to seeing picture-perfect homes in person, on home decorating channels and in online listings. In this case, learning how to stage a home can make a big difference when selling.
What does staging a home mean?
Staging a home is the process of strategically arranging furnishings and decor to make a house look its best while selling. This might involve paring down and refreshing your own belongings, or moving all of your own stuff out of the home and renting furniture and decor.
Here are some ways to stage a house.
1. Understand why you are staging the house.
Staging a house is a strategic move for home sellers. A 2017 National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey says forty-nine percent of home buyers’ agents believe staging affects most buyers’ view of a home. And seventy-seven percent of them say it is easier for people to visualize a staged home as their own.
Staging could also increase the sales price. In this same NAR survey, twenty-nine percent of sellers’ agents said the sales price for staged homes were between one percent and five percent higher than unstaged homes. Staged houses sell faster. Thirty-nine percent of sellers’ agents reported that staging a home reduces days on the market. Understanding the benefits of staging a house can help you decide if it is right for you, and how much to invest in staging.
2. Get rid of the clutter.
The most essential task when staging a home involves purging and cleaning. A clean and empty house looks larger. Get rid of small, personal items from all surfaces of the home. Do not just put them in closets because potential buyers usually look in those. You want your closet to appear roomy. Make sure to box up spare belongings and get them out of the house.
With the clutter vanished, do a deep cleaning on the home. Make your kitchen and bathroom shine, and be sure to close the toilet lid before any home showings. Air out the entire home by opening the windows. Air fresheners or scented candles could trigger allergies, and you don’t want prospective home buyers feeling itchy. If you have dogs or cats, wash everything they touch because no one likes pet odor. Consider hiring a professional for the deep clean if you have room in your home selling budget.
3. Aim for a brighter look.
Home buyers typically like to see bright rooms, so lighting is an important part of staging a house. Open up your blinds or pull your curtains back before a showing. Make sure your light fixtures look attractive. If your lampshades are dingy or your light fixtures are dated, you should consider replacing them. Even dusting your bulbs and fixtures could help let more light through.
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4. Stage the important rooms first.
We are about to get into the part of staging that could cost money. Renting furniture or removing some could require a storage unit. This could be a considerable cost of selling your house, so if you do not have the time or money to stage your whole home, you could get the most bang for your buck by staging certain rooms.
Do you have a question about staging your home? Call 949-392-6400 to get in touch with the Reed Team today!