Successfully staging a home for sale
You’ve made the decision to sell your home – So what’s next? Great staging! Successful staging is critical to selling your home quickly and at the best price. Here are a few tips to help get you started toward creating a home that will appeal to the greatest number of prospective buyers.
Start by visiting a few open houses. This will give you an opportunity to see how your home measures up to others and get an idea of what it’s going to take to compete in your local market.
Clean, clean, clean. This can be one of the more stressful aspects of having your home on the market— but it’s worth the effort to sell your home for top dollar. Scrub the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, wash all windows, clean hardwood floors, steam clean carpets and drapes, repair any cracks and holes in the walls, touch up paint on doors and moldings, and consider painting interior walls with neutral colors. A very clean home leaves the impression that the house is well cared for.
Depersonalize and declutter. After spending perhaps years decorating and personalizing your home, it may feel like you are undoing all your hard work, however, the more stuff prospective buyers see, the less they can envision themselves in a home. It’s all going to be packed up eventually so think of it as “pre-packing”! Counters need to be cleared, family photos taken off the walls, personal collections removed, and closets should be organized and uncrowded. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture so take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without. And don’t neglect the hallways – they lead potential buyers through your home and should also be bright and clutter free.
Don’t ignore curb appeal. It won’t matter if your home has the greatest kitchen ever; if the outside paint is peeling you’ll have a tough time getting potential home buyers in the door to see it. Paint the exterior if needed and power wash siding and windows. Check the front door, it may need repainting even if the rest of the house doesn’t. Changing out entry door hardware, the doorbell, address numbers and light fixtures are an inexpensive way to add style and interest to your home’s exterior. In the yard, trim shrubs and trees, mow the lawn, and sweep the entryway and walkways.
Consider planting colorful flowers or add a few container gardens close to the entryway. Spending money on a home you are about to leave may seem counter-productive but staging a home well doesn’t have to take a lot of money and it’s an investment that can have a serious return if you do it right.
When you’re ready to buy or sell a property in the Myrtle Beach area, call Carolina Strand Realty at 843-945-9006 or CONTACT US to get started.