Staging is not hard or costly, but in reality many homeowners find it difficult because it is hard to see objectively when you love something. Staging does pay off however, as Sue Fitzgerald of New Albany, a recent successful seller with The Raines Group, can attest.
A few rules to live by when staging your home.
To achieve the level of clean your potential buyers expect may require hiring a cleaning crew, consider this an investment. Get your windows cleaned inside and out as well.
Anything you have put off getting fixed? You cannot put that off any longer. Cracked tile? Leaky faucets? Get them fixed.
#3 Kill the Clutter
Eliminate the clutter in your home by at least half. This is very difficult but cannot be underestimated, people buy homes they can see themselves in not the owners before them. Expensive stores have a very tidy and clean layout while cheap stores have stuff everywhere, keep that in mind.
- This is a place where a professional stager can come in very handy.
#4 Blank Canvas
Neutral colors allow buyers to envision themselves as the owners easier. Again, you are selling them their house, not yours.
Remove personal items that buyers won’t be able to identify with. For example, political and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers because they cannot imagine your home as their home.
A few extra pointers:
Make your entryway as light and as bright as possible. You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
Kitchens sell homes. The importance of making your kitchen appealing cannot be underestimated. Clean and de-clutter! If your cabinets are old consider resurfacing them. Facelifts can do wonders to a kitchen.
Your bathroom should look like it is out of a catalog. Do not display any personal items. Get a set of new fluffy neutral towels and display them.
If you are looking to buy or sell a property in New Albany, Gahanna, Blacklick, Westerville, or another Central Ohio community, please contact The Raines Group. We offer professional real estate advice and are happy to help you achieve your real estate goals. Please contact us today via our online contact form or by calling The Raines Group at 614-418-7417.