5 Easy Steps to Staging Your Home

Whoever said “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” was either blind or was extremely forgiving. While looking at outside appearances does not give a full picture of something’s potential, appearances do matter. Nowhere is this seen with more immediate results than in the housing market.

Staging is the act of preparing a home for sale. It involves making the home look its best so that potential buyers can see at a glance how a room functions, how it looks when decorated, and how furnishings affect the layout and functionality of the house. Many staging techniques do not involve spending extra money on upgrades, but instead focus on maximizing the assets that the house already has. Here are a few easy steps to staging your home

1. Clean, Clean, Clean

Before you spend hours rearranging furniture, upgrading bathroom tile, painting walls, or any of the other things people normally associate with staging, you should deep clean every nook and cranny of your house. No one wants to purchase a house with water stains on the ceiling, mold and mildew in the bathtub, or years of caked on grease in the kitchen. Even though the cleanliness of a house does not technically affect the value of the property, it can have a negative effect on buyer’s opinions.

A buyer may question the truthfulness of your other statements if they see that the house has not even been cleaned properly. If a buyer suspects that you have neglected normal cleanings, they may also suspect that you neglected other aspects of home care, and will walk away from the deal.

If you absolutely cannot clean your house on your own, hire a cleaning agency to professionally scrub all the grime away. As far as selling expenses goes, a few hundred dollars to have a sparkly clean and fresh smelling house is worth the price of a cleaning company. The cleanliness of your home affects the smell of the air, the texture and appearance of the surfaces, and the mood of the buyer. Do not skimp on this.

2. Reduce Clutter

After living in a house for many years people create collections of furniture, knick-knacks, and everyday debris. You do not want potential buyers to be distracted by your personal effects. You may resist hiding away your possessions because you feel that it is your decorating style. Becoming too attached on their own style and not what will suit potential buys is what gets many home owners in trouble.

If need be, put excess furniture into storage. Make sure that there is plenty of space to walk around, and that a room looks good from many angles. You only have a few seconds to make an impression with some rooms; makes those seconds count by removing clutter.

If you have been using the spare bedroom as a dumping ground for boxes and bags you did not know what to do with before, at the very least, clean out the room. If you can, turn the room into an office or a usable bedroom complete with a bed and dresser.

3. Keep Color Schemes Simple and Elegant

There are some really awesome and colorful decorating styles out there, but not everyone has the accessories or the inclination to make them work. If your dining room is painted orange, you should seriously consider repainting the walls to a more neutral color. Many new home owners completely repaint the walls to their own taste, but they do not think about that when they are touring your house and see very bright and unusual colors painted on the walls.

Tan, beige, and other earthy colors are good choices since they can be made to match nearly any décor. Paint is also a relatively inexpensive upgrade, even though it is a lot of work if you choose to repaint your walls yourself. It may seem like your rooms become boring after a paint job, but simplicity is a good way to maintain your house if you are still living in the home, and it shows off your house to its best advantage. You can liven up a room with bright and colorful accents; just make sure they are not permanent fixtures.

4. Grouping Furniture

If you have ever looked at a housekeeping magazine and do not understand how those people can get their homes to look so fabulous, part of the trick is making rooms within rooms. For example, a breakfast nook can be created using furniture groupings even if you do not have a designated architectural nook. Many current home designs employ large open spaces where the room divisions are entirely up to the home owner. Do not let an open space be too open. Create spaces that look inviting where a person can sit down and enjoy company, or simply read a good book. Try to avoid placing all the furniture along the walls.

5. Making Required Repairs

There may be some necessary repairs or upgrades that you must take care of before your home can be placed on the market. Large, gaping holes in the walls, broken windows or doors, water damaged wood flooring, and other aesthetic issues should be repaired. These issues can affect the value of your home, and will be an immediate eye-sore to potential buyers. If you cannot fix these issues before people are taken through your house, make sure they know that the repairs will be made soon, otherwise you might have to compromise on the starting price of your home.

Many people would have you think that you need to do a major kitchen or bathroom remodel in order to stage a house that is for sale. This is absolutely not true. There are some home improvement projects that do add to the value of your house and make it more appealing to buyers. However, many “improvements” end up being a waste of money in the long run. The best way you can prep your home for sale is by working with the assets you already have. You may need to put in a little elbow grease, but when it comes to staging, nothing compares to a clean, clutter-free, and well decorated home.

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