INSIDE : The top FIVE tips for Staging and cleaning your House to Sell Quickly and a FREE Staging Your House to Sell PDF checklist. When it’s time to put your house up for sale, these staging house tips and tricks will help!
My family will be moving the end of this summer from the High Desert to the green Midwest. It’s been a decision we’ve been working on since last fall and now that it is actually happening (and soon) everything is getting a little crazy in our world. Our house officially goes on the market today, so I thought it would be quite timely to share my tips on How to Stage Your House to Sell Quickly!
Sometimes there is so much time and effort put into packing and finding a new place to live that you just sort of tidy up your current home, let the realtors come over to take pictures and breathe a sigh of relief when your home is officially on the market. I get it. I’ve moved before and believe me when I say, it’s worth the little bit of time to REALLY put things in order and stage your house to show off it’s full potential.
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How do I Stage my house to Sell Quickly?
1. Curb Appeal
As we all know, first impressions are key! Some folks will drive right past your house even if the inside is wonderful and not even get it a second chance if your front yard or curb appeal is lacking.
This does not mean you need to spend a bundle of money to have your yard re-landscaped. Simple things like mowing the grass and removing all the weeds are great first steps and possibly all you would need to do to spruce it up.
I always am sure to have a seasonally appropriate wreath hanging on my front door. These two books have the BEST wreath ideas (1) (2) and Terrain is a gorgeous source for buying one. I also make sure to have a few pots of flowers near the front door for the color and smell they provide.
2. Let the Light in
When staging your house to sell quickly, the first thing you want a home buyer to notice when they walk into your home is how light and airy it feels. Natural sunshine instantly enhances a person’s mood, so showing off the natural sunlight in your home is important. Open all the curtains and blinds to get your home’s full sunshine potential.
It’s also great to turn on all the lights in each room of your home. Normally, I have almost all the lights off during the day, but when someone is walking around seeing your home for the first time, it’s very helpful for them to see all the lighting on.
Do you have under-mounted lights in your kitchen? Turn them on! Do you have above spotlights over your fireplace? Turn them on! Those specialty lights are features of your home, so be sure to show them off!
3. Declutter + Minimize
Now, this is a hard one for most of us (ME, included!). Potential buyers want to see the HOUSE not all the STUFF you have. When staging your house to sell quickly, the goal is for them to imagine THEIR stuff in your closets or cabinets, so as difficult as it may seem – do your very best to remove, remove, remove. Are you looking for some help? I have a post on 25 things to throw out and feel awesome about!
I have a big box that I keep in the back of my car and it’s full of random items that I just don’t have a spot for when someone is over looking at the house.
This is a great time to clean out rooms and donate unused items to your local Goodwill or Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Your rooms will look bigger and more inviting with less stuff and furniture in them… plus, it’s less to pack and move to your next home! Sometimes staging your house, can mean removing things from your house.
4. Make your House smell Clean
There is nothing more off putting than odd aromas wafting through the house for a potential buyer. However having too many fragrances also can be offensive. Instead of the age old ‘baking cookies’ or burning candles, I always opt for a “clean” simple smell.
Flowers or citrus tells the home buyer that you keep a tidy fresh, clean home. I have a Febreze odor remover that has a lovely citrus smell. I always spray it on the couch and a few pillows in each room before we leave when a buyer is heading over to see the house. A bouquet of fresh flowers set on the kitchen counter top is always a great idea, too.
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5. Show the buyers what you want them to see
Do you have an odd room that doesn’t really have an obvious function? Do you have an unused sunroom? By staging properly, you can help show the buyer what they can use that space for! Even if it’s just bringing in a chair, a cozy blanket hanging over the edge and a few books… you are letting them know, this odd little space could be a reading nook.
Our sun room has a metal roof and isn’t quite an indoor space but isn’t completely an outdoor space either. There is a hot tub in the ground that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, I’ve turned the space into a fun kid spot that we actually use a LOT. This may not be applicable to every buyer out there, but after bringing in a bench, the kid’s play structure and some sidewalk chalk, it now tells a story and I think serves a purpose.
A few extra House Staging tips…
Staging Tip 1: I know everyone always says removal all personal items from your home is important. I’m still up for debate on this. I don’t think your home needs to look sterile of all personality or every single family photo needs to come down.
I think this maybe could apply if you have the entire mantel covered in family photos. Maybe select just two or three to keep up on display. Or maybe if you are obsessed with collections and all your shelves are full of your favorite collections… possibly removing some of these might be a wise idea.
Staging Tip 2: I also think, the same goes for neutralizing the color palette in your home. As much as you adore your purple master bedroom, that color might not apply to a wide group of people. But, do I think every room needs to be white or you won’t sell your home? Not at all.
I don’t plan to paint a single room in my house. I have white, gray, soft green and a soft peach walls but they all are soft subdued colors. I would say, it’s best to use your best judgement with this.
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And once you’ve moved, you might be interested in my 10 Organizational Tips for Unpacking After you Move.