When it comes to selling your home, you’ve probably heard that you need to “depersonalize” it so that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living there. This is one part of staging, and it’s a vital component of getting your home ready for the market. In the eyes of the public, that property you have loved is now a commodity and needs to be presented in the best possible light. Staging is about preparing your home to be as visually and aesthetically pleasing as possible by removing any real or imagined obstacles buyers might have.
Think of the last time you visited a model home. It probably wasn’t covered from floor to ceiling with furniture, pictures, and clutter. In fact, the way that model homes are staged follows the old standby: “less is more.” Fewer items in the home make it look larger, and that extra space allows prospective buyers to visualize how their personal items will look in the space.
It definitely is true that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. And that first impression can have a major impact on buyers. Did you know that most prospective buyers will make a decision about your home within ten seconds of walking through the front door? Taking that perspective, you need to look at your home with new eyes and see what others might see. What do they see first? What do they smell or hear? Remember that the way your house looks when it’s on the market is very different from the way it looks when you’re living in it.
As you look to put your home on the market, here are some staging tips to consider to help you sell faster and for more money: