Ready To Sell- Staging Tips

Ready To Sell- Staging Tips

When you are ready to sell here are 10 tips to help you sell quickly as possible and get your asking price. You can do many of  things on your own, consult with your realtor or get professional help.

 1.  Curb appeal is important as people will drive by first and decide if they want to tour the insidefall-curb-appeal-03-highlight-the-front-door-2011-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-12081

  • Power wash driveways, sidewalks, siding and roofs
  • House numbers that are easy to read, painted or clean and attached straight
  • Lawns that are well edged and mowed, reseed if necessary
  • The porch or entrance is clean and stained or painted with a nice matt
  • The FRONT DOOR- painted or stained, dusted and clean, everything fresh
  • Plant pots of flowers or greenery, porch furniture if large enough
  • Good lighting, leave the porch light on at nightCreate an inviting entrance; everything here should say “Welcome Home, Please Come In”
  • 2. This step is Key! Clean everything, all surfaces– carpets, floors, windows, counters, walls, grout, cabinets… You may want to hire a pro to help with the tough stuff. You may need to refinish hardwoods or strategically place area rugs. This is a good time to do minor repairs too.                                                                                                                                gettyimages-608163079-57a0eb0d3df78c3276e6076c1
  1.  3. Furniture placement is important
  • Create open walkways, pull furniture off walls and create inviting conversation areas
  • Symmetry and pairs is a more formal space but can be inviting
  • Use your existing furniture but edit what you have for a more spacious feeling
  • Replace worn or soiled pieces or eliminate all together, even one chair and table can suggest a nice reading area4. Clear away the Clutter. Your style is not their style and you want to appeal to all who tour your home
  • Pack away unnecessary items, if you have collections- leave just 3 pieces or none
  • EDIT- EDIT-EDIT! Leave only a few nice accessories to stage tabletops and surfaces
  • Clear cupboards and closets to look as if there is more space
  • Clear personal effects, such as papers and books, most photos, and store valuables
  • Clean all the furniture and items left behind
  • Rent storage if you need to get boxes and furniture offsite 5. Strike a balance between clean and lived in- I know I just made you clear clutter but try and stage the home so it looks lived in and comfortable.
  • Add a few design accessories, elements that are appealing; a bowl of apples or lemons
  • Style your dining room table with a nice centerpiece or place settings
  • Rehang some artwork, be careful to use the appropriate size
  • Add cut flowers or potted plants in 2 or 3 areas, kitchen/bathroom/bedroom
  • Be careful with items that smell, not everyone likes fragrance 6. Bedrooms
  • Use some fresh crisp bedding in neutral colors, this is not the place to show your personality
  • Create a comfortable seating area with table and lamp
  • Remove personal items, hang nice artwork, add accent pillows or a throw at the end of the bed
  • Don’t forget to clear the closets of excess shoes, clothes, clutter. It has been suggested to have 20-30% of open closet space to give the impression of spaciousness
  • Define what the room is: a child’s room, a guest room, a library, an office 7. Bathrooms
  • Apart from cleaning everything in sight, if it’s outdated just stage it to feel “serene or spa like”
  • Fresh towels and soap and dish, these can be in colors to accent your tile, soft beige, pale blue, spa green. When in doubt white works the best.
  • Hide bath scales, garbage/or empty, toilet paper, an unnecessary items
  • Clear of bathroom furniture if it needs to look more spacious
  • If faucets are worn consider new plumbing fixtures 8. Store Your Stuff
  • Put children’s toys, excess books, unused office equipment, boxes of “stuff” away
  • Organize the garage tools and clutter neatly, make room for a car 9. Beware of pet odors and cooking odors
  • Be diligent about cleaning these spaces, steam rugs, vacuum often, wash surfaces
  • Keep the pet dish and food stored in another area than the kitchen or bath
  • Arrange to have the pet away from buyers
  • Perhaps edit your cooking choices while on the market 10.Outdoor Spaces
  • Create a patio table or seating area that says “how nice it is to sit and eat here”
  • Use colorful pillows, table settings or dishes, rugs, pots, flowers
  • Play up your outdoor area with garden art, a porch swing, a firepit, any extra features
  • Spruce up your garden, weed, plant , bark, whatever it needs to feel beautiful

You are creating a lifestyle for a new owner in your home and neighborhood to love.