Why Staging Your Home Could Help Sell It
By: Tanya Torres
When you first learn about staging a home, you might assume that your home needs to look expensive and a certain way that oozes elegance. You might even be thinking about those fancy houses you have seen on shows like Love it or List it or the photos in a home interior magazine. You might even be wondering why you need to stage your home when you are ready for the tours to begin. However, staging your home will go a long way despite your initial reluctance and doubts about it. If you are still hesitant in starting your staging then here are a few reasons as to why it can help you.
What is Staging?
If you are not a fan of home decorating shows and magazines then hearing the word “staging” may leave you pondering what the meaning and importance is behind it. Staging is when you strategically place your furniture and other accessories in your home to make it sell faster. When a home is staged, it offers the potential buyer a chance to picture themselves living in the home along with making it seem ready to move in. This means that nothing of the previous owner like personal belongings will be in the home at the time of the showings and this is an important step to remember in the home selling process.
Why Should I Stage My Home?
You may be wondering why you should bother to stage your home and if it really makes a difference in selling your home. When you stage your home, it can actually increase the sales price, allow the buyers to picture themselves living in the home and it will sell your home a lot faster.
Clutter Be Gone
Clutter in the home is no one’s best friend because it makes your home look disorganized and messy and that is something no one wants for themselves, especially their homes. When you are in the process of selling your home, you will be advised by just about everyone to purge your home of all the clutter in it. Even if you are not selling your home, it is always important to remove any kind of clutter in your home to make it look its best which is why it is an essential step to follow.
Begin by removing and cleaning one room at a time by boxing up any personal items that you want to cherish and keep forever. Then you will have to decide if you should take the rest of your stuff with you to your home or if you want to sell it, give it away or throw it away. This is also the ideal time to give your home a deep clean to ensure that your home sparkles so your potential buyers feel as if the home has been taken care of and it also removes any allergies (pet hair and other trigger allergies) from the home. However, it is important to not just place these items cluttering up your home in closets and drawers because your buyers will be looking at everything.
No one likes walking into a home tour to find that they cannot even see what is in front of them because the lighting is so bad. When a home has bad lighting, it makes it look less appealing to the potential buyer and it makes them want to leave faster which is why it is important for you to make your home well-lit. When your home is well-lit, it makes it look bigger and nicer and it is as simple as opening up the blinds or curtains or adding better light bulbs. However, you can also retouch the walls by painting them a lighter color and adding some mirror accessories to the walls to allow the sun to bounce off it more easily.
Partial Staging is Possible
Sometimes staging your home means removing furniture or adding newer furniture to your home. However, that can cost some money and not everyone can afford to add these kinds of fees on top of all the repairs and moving costs they will be facing too. If this is the case then it can be difficult to begin staging your home because you might be thinking I can’t just stage one room and so on. Although you might be facing some kind of costs when it comes to staging your home, you do not have to worry about having to stage your entire house. On the contrary, you can actually stage the important rooms first like the living room, master bedroom and the kitchen. The other rooms in your home do not have to be prioritized unless you want to do so.