When it comes to home staging, you don’t need a pro to make your home look its best. Here are a few expert tips to make your home more enticing to buyers!
Less is More
The goal of home staging is to have the buyer imagine what their life will be like living in your house. Clutter can be distracting to buyers, as their eyes will be drawn to all your belongings and not the rooms.
So your first step is to declutter. Go around your home and simplify spaces – remove the laundry in the laundry room, to-do lists on the fridge, appliances on kitchen counters, and work in your office. This can include furniture too. Some rooms will benefit and look even larger with less furniture.
Decluttering also needs to include removing any personal items. So take down any family photos, monogrammed towels, children’s drawings, or awards. For buyers, these items can make a home look more like a stranger’s than their own. By removing these items, it makes it easier for them to envision the home as their house. To keep your personal items safe while staging, consider putting them in a storage unit.
Give Everything a Deep Clean
A clean home will feel well-cared for, which is vital for most buyers. To make your home sparkle, you’ll need to give it more than a cursory cleaning. On top of your regular cleaning routine, you’ll need to get those uncommon spots throughout your home that will make it feel spotless. This includes vents, fans, baseboards, switches, handles, and bathroom surfaces. Paying attention to these areas will make a difference when guests enter your home.
Don’t Shove Things in the Closet
Speaking of cleaning and organizing, don’t shove things into closets. Buyers are going to be opening closets to see what kind of storage space they’re getting in the home. If they’re greeted with an avalanche of clutter when they open the door, they may be put off. Closets help sell your home – make sure your closets have minimal amounts of items in them and pack extra clutter and belongings into a self-storage unit.
Some Areas are More Important than Others
According to the National Association of Realtors, the most common rooms people stage are the kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bedroom. So pay special attention to these areas when home staging as they can have the most significant influence on a buyer’s decision-making process.
But remember, just because these four rooms are vital when it comes to staging your home doesn’t mean you can neglect the other rooms. For guest rooms, bathrooms, home offices, kid’s rooms, or bonus rooms, just make sure they’re clean and tidy.
Don’t Forget Details
When home staging, it’s all in the details. If there are any scuffs or nicks on doors or walls, buff them out or repair them. Make sure there are no stains on carpets or loud squeaky doors. These are little things around the house that are easily fixed and can go a long way toward making the space feel more inviting.
Adding accents in each room can help emphasize how comfortable your home is to buyers. So consider adding a bowl of fresh fruit in your kitchen, freshly folded towels in the bathroom, and fresh flowers throughout your spaces. Artwork and small antiques can also add some character without being too distracting (and replace the spaces your personal items used to be). Head to your local thrift store to find a few interesting pieces at affordable prices.
Try Some Design Hacks
There are some DIY design hacks to try when staging your home to help you make the most of your space. If you’re struggling with making a smaller space in your home feel larger, try adding a mirror. Mirrors reflect the light and can make cramped spaces feel bigger. Bringing in as much light as possible can also help rooms feel bigger and brighter. Take down any heavy drapes that can block light and put up airy curtains that filter light instead.
No need to replace your furniture when home staging, just re-arrange the furniture to emphasize the room’s dimensions instead. Floating your furniture, or positioning it away from the walls, is a simple trick to make spaces feel bigger and create a natural focal point.
Clean Up Your Front and Backyard
Home staging doesn’t just start and stop inside your home. Curb appeal is a huge factor in making a strong first impression. Ensure your grass is cut and edged, weeds are pulled, and dead trees have been removed. Adding flower pots out front and a wreath to your door can create a welcoming environment. These are little things, but they go a long way in leaving a lasting impression on your buyers!
EZ Access Storage is Here to Help You Stage Your Home
When staging your home, you may find you need to store quite a few belongings and furniture pieces. Let us help you keep your items safe and secure while you successfully stage your home! Our storage units are spacious, secure, and affordable. We are always here to make your storage experience as EZ as possible in East Wenatchee!