Ultimate Guide to Home Staging
You’ve just gotten notice that a potential buyer is on their way to visit your home. Suddenly, you have 30 minutes to get your home to show-worthy status. We always recommend that you maintain a high standard around the house when living in a house that is for sale, so when showings or open houses arise, you’ve already fought half the battle. If you add children or pets to the mix, however, it’s easier said than done.
Take those 30 minutes to cover these essentials, and you’ll be well on your way to selling your home.
Leverage Your Curb Appeal
Sweep around the door and the steps, and shake off the welcome mat. Put away things like gardening supplies, toys and anything else you may have on your front lawn. If you have plants in front of your home, quickly fix them to make sure there are no dead flowers or weeds. Be sure to declutter your front entrance, since this will be the potential buyer’s first impression of the inside.
Create A Warm Welcome
Brighten up each room by turning on lights and opening curtains and blinds. Natural light can add to the ambiance, so welcome it! Make sure there are no funky smells in your home. Did you cook bacon for breakfast? Deodorize the air so guests are welcomed with a warm, homey smell – bake cookies if you want to go the extra mile!
Remove traces of you and your family
Potential buyers want to envision themselves living in the home, not you and your family. Dirty dishes? Load the dishwasher and keep the sink empty. Pick up laundry, make the beds, take out the trash and quickly organize workspaces. Plus, make sure all your kids’ toys are picked up – this is a great time to get them to help out, too!
The Final Touches
Sweep problem areas, especially near doors. Quickly run the vacuum over carpets, especially in large areas like your living room or master bedroom. Wipe down tables and countertops, and do a final walk-through of your home, pretending you’re the buyer. Like what you see? Then you’re ready!
The more you keep up with your home on a daily basis, the easier it will be to quickly get your home ready for showing. You never want to be in a situation where you have to turn down a showing because you’re unprepared. Looking for more tips? Check out our Seller’s Guide for everything you need to know about selling your home.