Staging one’s home has become much more prominent in recent years. In the past, it used to be acceptable to just clean your home and hide the unmentionables before hosting an open house or taking photos. Now, however, consumers expect a lot more from a home when they see a listing. According to Investopedia, 77% of buyer’s agents think home staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in the home. Although staging is a slightly new practice, studies have shown that staged homes typically sell faster and for more money. So if you’re considering the benefits of home staging and not sure where to start, try out the following steps.
Understand what staging means
Staging means strategically furnishing your home to make it look best while selling, whether it be in person or in photos. Considering the fact that most people start their home search on the internet or by looking at photos, making your home “show-room ready” can make a big difference.
Whether you’re going the DIY route for staging your home or having a professional come in, tidying up is essential. Get rid of any clutter you have and try to make your home as clean and empty as possible. This will make your home look brighter and bigger and help highlight the features that your home has to offer.
Make it bright
Would you rather walk into a bright house or a dark dungeon? I’m guessing your answer is the former. Buyers are typically attracted to bright spaces so make an effort to upgrade light fixtures and window furnishings – even if you have to rent them. Simple things like dusting off lightbulbs can also make an impactful difference.
Kitchen and Living Room First
When staging your house, it’s important to set priorities. While you should tidy up everything, staging should be dedicated to the most important rooms first. The Kitchen is the heart of the home and should be one of the first rooms you stage. The next priority is the living room. This room is where people spend most of their time so it’s crucial that when a buyer sees the room, either in person or in a photo, that they can imagine seeing themselves there!
Keep up with the Joneses
The outside of your home will be one of the first things people see when they visit. So, don’t forget to mow the lawn, clean the windows, and maybe plant some flowers if the season is right. Ensuring the curb appeal is nice will set a good tone for the rest of the house tour.
If you’re interested in buying or selling a home or know somebody that is, give us a call and we would be happy to help out. When you work with The Theresa Baird Team you gain the benefit of working with one of the top REALTORS® in the GTA.