How to Stage Your Home Before Listing It for Sale

Getting your home ready to go up on the market can be very stressful. One crucial part of the process is staging your property. Staging is a fancy word that estate agents use for ‘getting your house photo ready’. The process essentially involves making your house ready for viewings by removing yourself from it. There are two ways you can stage your property, either physically or virtually (hiring a firm to fake it). This article will discuss how to stage your home physically.

Remove Yourself and Your Clutter

A home full of clutter is never going to appeal to potential buyers because it will distract them from what’s actually going on in the house. So, get your tidying hat on, hire some storage space (or ask someone to store it), and get boxing all your things away.

While you’re busy clearing away your bits and pieces, you can take some time to remove all your personal effects. The family portrait in the living room might look good and hold sentimental value, but the truth is that people looking around your house don’t care. They want to view your house and be able to envision their lives there.

Utilize Your Space

Every inch of your home needs to serve a purpose, from the attic to the basement. You might have a perfectly useable basement that you just haven’t used or a room that you use to simply dump your junk in. Instead of leaving these spaces empty, turn them into useful areas like offices, guest rooms, or a gaming area – something that will pique the imagination of the buyers.

Light it Up

Viewers need to be able to see the property. The best way to this is to bring as much light as you can into your home. Make sure you leave any curtains open and turn on as many lights as you can – even if you have lights snuck away in that cupboard no one uses. Check over all your fixtures and fittings to make sure they’re all clean and not broken – if they are, make sure you replace them. Poor lighting is listed as a major red flag that will have buyers running according to this article from bariondesign.com.

What About the Outside?

The first thing that potential buyers will see is the exterior of your home, so it’s important to make sure that it’s up to scratch. Make sure your garden looks inviting; your windows and ledges are clean; your fences or walls aren’t damaged; and give your pathways a quick jet wash while you’re at it.

 Clean Machine

It’s all well and good making sure that you’ve removed all your clutter and brightened the place up, but you have to make sure that all the surfaces are clean. Head down to the local supermarket for your disinfectants and get scrubbing away – remember to whiz some air freshener about as well.

After you’ve taken care of all these things, you’ll find yourself ready to open the doors for potential buyers to come and look around. With any luck, you’ve done enough for your home to get snapped up in no time.

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