Most realtors recognize that staging a home can encourage buyers to put in an offer more quickly and even offer a higher price than they would on an unstaged home. Sellers can use these tricks to stage their homes without hiring a professional.
If you don’t have the time or money to stage your entire home, focus on the rooms that are the most important first. What are the most important rooms? The living room, followed by the master bedroom and kitchen. Other bedrooms, offices, basements, and family rooms are less important.
Remove About Half Your Furniture
Removing furniture is one way to make your home seem bigger and more appealing to buyers. Of course, some furniture can stay, such as the living room sofa and potentially a table. But if your furniture is past its heyday, you’ll want to remove it (you’ll learn what to do with it just below) and rent furniture, which you can use while showing your home.
Store Items Offsite
Clutter removal is one of the most important aspects of staging your home, but some people make the mistake of moving their mementos and knickknacks to closets or the basement. However, those are areas that potential buyers will be sure to check out. It’s smarter to rent a storage unit or cube to store those things while showing your home. Without clutter, your home will seem roomier, and buyers will be able to envision themselves and their belongings their, not just yours.
A classic staging trick is known as floating furniture. Pull your furniture a few inches away from the walls and anchor it with an area rug. Remember that this rug should be large enough that all of your furniture can comfortably fit on it. Floating furniture makes the room look big while creating a cozy space for living.
Brighten It Up
Any room looks more appealing when bright. Open all your blinds and curtains and turn on every light in the home, even those in bathrooms and closets. Consider cleaning or replacing lampshades and dusting lightbulbs and fixtures to produce the most light as well.
Of course, you shouldn’t forget about your home’s curb appeal either when it comes time to sell.