Home Seller Bootcamp: Home Staging Must Do's3/12/2020
Hello! I’m excited for all of my boot campers ready to tackle this week’s topic of home staging must do’s! Maybe you’re wondering how to figure out which rooms even need staging? Or you want to get my insider secrets that are total game changers when it comes to making your house shine both online and in person. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place! Every week this month, I’ll be diving into the steps you should take to get your house market ready!
So if you want to join the fellow campers who want to make the most money from their home sale, make sure you head over to my Business Facebook Page Facebook.com/PenelopeCrosbyRealEstate and have your notifications turned on so you know when I post!
Grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee and let’s dive in!
TODAY I’M COVERING MY TOP 3 HOME STAGING MUST DO’S:
#1: GIVE EVERY ROOM A PURPOSE
- This means: NO EMPTY ROOMS! Did you know that the number 1 room that turns off buyers is an empty one? Crazy, right? Which is why this is first on my list of staging must do’s!
- One of the most important things to keep in mind when prepping your home for sale is that the buyers who will be looking at your home aren’t just buying a house - they’re buying a lifestyle.
- And the thing is, many buyers have a hard time using their imagination when looking at homes which means they might overlook a really great way a space can be used if it’s left empty.
- It can be as simple as turning that odd shaped loft space that isn’t being used into a home office. Add a desk, rug, chair and bookshelf and now you have a 3 bedroom home + an office.
- Think back to when you bought your home. What did you envision using that space for or what would you use it for if you weren’t selling your house?
#2: NEUTRAL RULES
- This might sound super basic but maybe you aren’t exactly sure what parts of your home need to be neutralized? I’m going to give you a few simple tips!
- Replace bright colors and patterns with neutral tones. This can be anything from wall colors to curtains. Do you still have those floral valances you hung in the early 2000’s when you moved in? Take them down! You might still love them but most people aren’t going to be drawn to specific styles. Something as simple as swapping out curtains for something more neutral can make a huge difference in how your house looks online.
- Same goes for other linens throughout your house. Stop at Target for some white towels, roll them up and stuff them in a basket in the bathroom, swap out the faded kitchen towels for bright white (this might not be practical, but they will look good so only put them out for photos and showings).
- Add neutral bedding to the kids rooms that are currently decked out in Frozen everything. Anna & Elsa can come back out after you have an accepted offer!
#3: MODEL HOME MAGIC
- If you haven’t been to a model home in awhile, here’s your homework: go visit one before you start prepping your house for sale.
- You’re going to want to scale back what you keep out on a regular basis and instead think more like a model home.
- This includes removing all of the appliances from the counters, organizing the shoes that are pouring out of the mud room closet, the overcrowded pantry and bathroom counter covered in the full lineup of products in your skincare routine. Ask yourself this question: Would I find this on the counter, floor, table, etc of a model home? If the answer is no, then pack it up.
- Furniture layout also comes into play here - when you’re touring a model home, you’ll notice that furniture is arranged in conversational, welcoming layouts. They don’t have beds pushed against the wall where the comforter is shoved into the side or couches against the wall and a random recliner right in front of the TV. Look at your current furniture layout and move things around if needed. Maybe that means removing that giant recliner for the time being. Remember, the more you prepare for your home sale, the better results you’re going to have (meaning less showings and more offers)!
Thank you for reading this week’s entry. Before you go, I wanted to let you know that I designed a free guide just for you that walks through what I talked about today, has a list of questions to ask a real estate agent, a checklist for getting started with prepping your home for sale and more. It’s my FREE Home Seller Bootcamp EGuide!
All you have to do is email me at Penelope.Crosby@HuntRealEstate.com to get your copy today. See you next week for my tips on cleaning & pre-packing! Have a wonderful day.