So what are those five staging tips that are going to help maximize price and help reduce the time on market.
First and foremost staging is not the only thing that will sell a home so hiring a real estate agent based solely on the fact that they have designations pertaining to staging is not a well thought out business decision.
Staging can help maximize the price a home sells for and it can help minimize the time it spends on the market.
Staging is meant to help the home seller set their home apart from the competition in a competitive real estate market, a seller who differentiates their home from other homes for sale, can make the difference in which a home buyer decides to purchase a specific home when staging a home.
It can become expensive and often the seller will not recoup the money spent on staging that home. However, we’ll give you some staging tips that are inexpensive and can be done with the least amount of time, effort and capital.
1) DEFINE THE PURPOSE OF THE ROOF
Have you ever walked into a home and struggled to understand the layout of the home. A very easy staging tip is making sure each room is defined with a purpose making it clear to the buyer what that room is being utilized for and clear up any confusion as to how they may use that home space.
If a bedroom is being used for both an office and a bedroom. It’s beneficial to set that room up so it is either a bedroom or an office, but not both. If there is a desk and a bed in a room remove one or the other and paint the picture for the potential buyer who will be walking through your home. Many buyers are unable to envision how a room can be used if it’s not clearly defined.
2) YOU WANT TO MAXIMIZE THE SPACE.
Whether a home has two thousand square feet or five thousand square feet. It’s crucial that the square footage is maximized.
There are different ways to stage a home to help maximize that space with organizing. Opening up the closets is a great way to show off a home’s storage space. This is especially important if a home’s closet space is limited, a potential buyer may not be able to overlook all of the stuff in the small closets.
Another excellent way to maximize space and a home is to remove any large pieces of furniture just like in a closet that may already be small. If a room is small to begin with having large furniture take up the extra space is going to be a turnoff to potential buyer.
A great way to maximize the space of a home is to go through every room in the house and decide what are the essential things that you need to live, if there’s a piece of furniture that isn’t used on a regular basis, get it out of the room.
Finding a storage space for the unnecessary stuff is sometimes a problem. A great solution to this potential problem is renting a POD or a storage unit. The cost of a pod or storage unit for a couple of months is much less than letting the home that is cluttered with stuff sit on the market for six to ten months.
A well lit home will show better than a home that is poorly lit.
Staging a normally dark room with a few extra lamps can help increase the amount of light and be extremely helpful. A few table lamps or desk lamps are fairly inexpensive and can make a huge difference in how a home shows. Preparing your home for a showing will play a huge role in how fast it sells and for how much money. Once all the correct lighting is in place. Make sure every light is turned on during every showing, even if showing during the day.
4) NEUTRALIZE THE HOME
when you stage a home always think neutral. When selecting a piece of furniture to help stage a room pick the one that is neutral. Don’t select the pieces that have floral pattern or bright pink or green.
Having a buyer distracted by neon furniture in a room is not what the seller wants to accomplish, what you want is that the buyer should be focused on the home and its features not a seller’s personal belongings.
Just like making sure you select a piece of neutral furniture the same goes for paint. Fresh paint goes a long way as a quick easy and cheap staging tip for getting your home ready for sale and it is the one that will get you the most money for your house, don’t choose to paint a room with local football colors or bold colors, choose a neutral color. Depending on the room type a light earth tone color is very popular with today’s buyer.
5) DON’T FORGET THAT OUTDOOR SPACE
To some buyers the outdoor space is just as important as the indoor space so don’t neglect the outdoor living space.
A newly stained or painted deck or fence is a nice feature to showcase to a potential buyer, an old ugly unbroken deck or fence can be a concern to the potential buyer.
Staging a deck with nice patio furniture can help a buyer invision entertaining their friends or families there.
Staging the landscaping is very important as well. Having a nice clean flower bed with bright flowers can give a great first impression to a potential buyer. Having an overgrown, weed infested flower bed or lawn can give a bad impression to a potential buyer and remember you only get to make that first impression once. You want a good impression of the exterior of the home since this is the first thing a potential buyer is going to see when viewing your home so staging the outdoor space is very important.
Once again staging a home is not the only thing that helps to sell a home. So do not hire an agent based solely on the fact that they have staging designations. Staging however can help maximize the price the and help minimize the time on the market. There are many more staging tips but the above five tips are very important and can help you maximize the price and minimize the time on the market.