If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, one of the most important things you can do (after you know your home is move-in ready and doesn’t need any crucial repairs or renovations) is to “stage” it so that it appeals to potential buyers. Aside from ensuring your home is completely spic-and-span and free of odors, the following are some other tips for staging a home:
Don’t forget curb appeal
It can be easy to overlook the outside of your home when you’re busy concentrating on the inside. But don’t skimp on the curb appeal—after all, first impressions are vital when you’re selling a home. Make sure landscaping is impeccable, power wash walkways and siding, and make everything pop with colorful flowers and plants.
Hide anything that’s too personal
Framed family photos and eccentric furnishings might be what makes your house feel like a home, but it’s important that potential buyers can picture themselves in it. Stash anything that’s too personal and stick to neutral colors and furnishings.
Invest in basic kitchen upgrades
While a complete overhaul might be unnecessary if your kitchen is out of date, some basic upgrades can really go a long way. If your kitchen cabinets can use an upgrade, stain them instead of replacing them—a simple and inexpensive upgrade that can completely change the look of the kitchen. If you have the budget to completely replace anything in an outdated kitchen, consider replacing any older appliances with stainless steel appliances.
Pay attention to lighting
Harsh lighting or poorly lit and dark rooms can make a home feel cold and unappealing. Instead, leave curtains and blinds open to let in as much natural light as possible, which will give your home a more welcoming and inviting vibe.
House hunters will want to check out the closets, so keep them open for showings and ensure that everything is neat and organized. Additionally, if you’ve got a jam-packed closet, you’ll want to store about half of it so that your closet doesn’t look too full and it’s easy for buyers to see just how much room they’d be getting.