We at Details: Innovative Home Staging Solutions have put together a list of some useful tips that can help you get started on staging your home.
- We all love our pets, but unpleasant pet odors can make a negative first impression. Be sure to get rid of old carpet that can trap offensive smells. Replace it with fresh new pad and a carpet in a neutral color. Plus, if you paint the walls to match, your living room will look bigger. It'll go from designed to smell to designed to sell.
- Potential buyers are confused by extra rooms that have a mishmash of uses. To avoid this problem, first clear away clutter and excess furniture. Paint the walls a neutral tone and then furnish the room with a desk to stage it as a home office in which buyers will want to get down to business.
- If your appliances have seen their better days, you might consider replacing them. This is a larger expense but something to consider. The new appliances are more energy efficient and do a better job than most of the old ones.
- Replace your outdated lighting fixtures. A trip to your local Home Depot or Lowe's should provide you many choices to pick from. Try to pick a light that will fit and work where your current fixture is. Swapping it out is much easier and cheaper than having to move the electrical box
- Updating the cabinet hardware in the kitchen and bathroom are a simple task that many homeowners can do themselves. Instead of getting new cabinets to update the bathroom, install new hardware on the cabinets to give the room a whole new look without the cost of new cabinets.
- A grimy glass shower door can really wash out your sale. Instead of replacing it, clean it with a mixture of one part muriatic acid and about 10 parts water. Scrub with steel wool. After wiping it down, reinstall the door and you'll have a shower that'll help you clean up at the open house.
- Need to turn an unattractive fireplace into a selling feature? First, that dated brass screen has got to go. Next, give the fireplace a good cleaning, scrubbing it with soap and water. Then, using a stone color enhancer, polish the bricks to make them shine. In no time you will have a fireplace that will turn your house into the hottest property on the block.
- When you are selling, your master bedroom should appeal to buyers of both sexes. Get rid of features that seem too gender-specific. Paint the walls a neutral color, and choose bedding that matches. Then accessorize with items that complement the overall color scheme.
- Clear out clutter or other personal items that will distract buyers. Paint the walls a neutral tone, and furnish the space to show off how functional it is. When buyers come through and imagine themselves there, you can bet an offer isn't far behind.
- Buyers love light and airy living rooms, but dark and dingy isn't on their list. Open up your window shades to let some light in. Cheat some sunshine with a light-colored paint and lots of artificial lighting. You can never have too many lamps. Last, arrange the space with lightly colored furniture, and you'll have a living room that brightens your chances of a sale.
- Potential buyers love homes that have lots of storage space. Since they will open your closets, it's a good idea to clear out unnecessary clutter, and organize your shelves to show off how much storage you really have. Plus, it gives you a chance to start packing, as you will definitely be moving once buyers see all that closet space.
- Clean outdoor spaces and furniture. Remove all items that do not showcase your home. These spaces are an extension of your living space.
- Hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean the interior of your house. Don't forget the windows!
- Remove or crate pets while showing your home. If you have outdoor pets, maintain the daily "poop patrol".
- If necessary, rent, borrow or buy new furniture that will showcase your living room like a model home.
- Professionally clean or replace carpets to make them look new. When replacing carpet, select a low pile and neutral color.
- Kitchens sell houses. Keep your kitchen spotless. Replace sinks, faucets, cabinet hardware to update your kitchen. These updates are inexpensive and can make a big impact.
- Store extra furniture, clothes and packed up items away from your home.
- Scrutinize every room as though you were the buyer and be brutally honest. Decorate your house to suit your prospective buyers, not yourself.
- Generally we have more than we need in our pantries and they tend to get unorganized. Organize your pantry like a grocery store. Store away or give away half the food in your pantry to a non-profit.
- Pack up and remove all items you don't need and use anymore. Call a non-profit organization to haul off these items, have a garage sale or sell items online.
- Your front door is the first thing buyers see when entering your house. Make sure the door is clean and looks new. That that could be new fresh coat of paint, new hardware or a kick plate.
- If you have a formal dining room, present it as one. Put a new tasteful centerpiece on the table to showcase this space.
- Remove half the contents of your closets to show there is plenty of storage space. Take everything off closet floors.
- Keep bathrooms sparkling clean. Make bathrooms look like ones in luxury hotels. Display new luxurious bath linens while the house is being shown to buyers.
- Make your master bedroom look and feel like a private retreat.
- Change outdated wall coverings or bold paints colors to neutral tones.
- The scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls or apple pie is almost universally appealing. Avoid artificial fragrances like sprays and scented candles, which might affect buyers' allergies.
- To make your home look bright and open when it's a bit dreary outside, turn on all the lights and open all the shades and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
- When it's cold outside, buyers will be grateful for a place to warm up. Turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees to make it extra toasty, or light a fire in the fireplace for an extra homey touch. Just be sure not to leave a fire unattended.
- Evergreen trees or plants that can stand up to the cold weather such as pansies or witch hazel can liven up a drab landscape.
- First and foremost, you want to ensure to give potential buyers a safe path to your front door by making sure your driveway, walkways and stairs are free of snow, ice and leaves.
- Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn't mean it won't look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom.
- Neutralize…..change those bright colored walls to colors that will appeal to a greater percentage of the buyers out there. Some people might like a bright red wall, but the majority will not.
- Keep your garage door(s) closed. If you have a screen door or a storm door, consider leaving the interior front door open if you are home…it looks inviting. The same goes for your draperies. Let folks catch a glimpse of a pretty interior, instead of seeing a place that looks all closed up.
- Your house numbers, mail box, mailbox cover, and exterior light fixtures should be more than just fresh and utilitarian; they can be decorating accents which pull the look of your home together.
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