If you want to sell your home fast, there’s no better time than the summer. Property prices peak between June and August, and because there are so many potential buyers looking for homes during this time, it’s a sellers’ market. You want your home to sell in these months, so you can set a high price.
A surefire way to sell your home fast is to stage it in a way that instantly sways buyers that walk through the door.
The Purpose of Staging
Staging a house is an effective way to attract potential buyers and to sell a property close to the asking price. The idea is to help home seekers visualize themselves living in the house, so they see it as the right fit.
Think about how you feel when you walk into the various “rooms” that are lined up in furniture stores. Doesn’t it make it easier for you to imagine yourself living in the space? Use the same strategy to convince potential buyers to make an offer.
Make it difficult for people to walk away from your property using these excellent staging tips:
1. Enhance Curb Appeal
It’s simple, if your property looks rundown from the outside, you’re going to have a hard time convincing people to even step inside. Staging begins from the outside; remember, most buyers survey the neighborhood before they begin looking for specific properties.
Boosting curb appeal helps attract the attention of onlookers. The better your house looks from the outside, the more buyers it’s going to attract.
You don’t need to go beyond your budget to make the property’s exterior look good if you don’t want to; even a little cleaning here and there goes a long way.
Power wash your walkways and siding to remove the dirt buildup and grime; incorporate greenery into the exterior, mow your lawn, stain the patio, and repaint the walls.
2. Spruce Up The Porch
Everyone likes additional space around the house, and an inviting porch is perfect for welcoming guests. Want people to feel good about stepping into your home? Clean up the porch to make it look homey.
Place a welcome mat on it and keep the lights on at night so potential buyers who are driving by notice it.
You can light up the paver with solar lights to add extra oomph to your property in the evenings.
3. Clean The House
This shouldn’t come as a surprise; no one wants to walk into a messy, cluttered house. People want to imagine themselves living in a property that’s pristine.
Walking into a lounge with couches that are hidden under piles of dirty laundry isn’t something that’s going to get buyers excited.
To attract buyers, your house needs to be deep cleaned cleaning by professionals. Everything from the dust in the windows to the grout between the bathroom tiles needs to be taken care of.
Deep cleaning can be daunting if you do it yourself, but buyers will definitely appreciate it. Do NOT skip this step.
4. Remove Any Clutter
Clutter and staged homes just aren’t compatible. Your realtor is banking on potential buyers being charmed by how spacious the property is, and that’s not going to happen when it’s overly cluttered.
Even if it’s temporarily, clear everything out when you’re expecting a visit from potential buyers. You may not mind the clutter, but the people walking through your door may hate it. Losing a great deal over clutter is simply not worth it.
5. Make it Feel Like a Home
As gorgeous as luxury hotels are, they still don’t feel like home. You know why? Because they don’t feel “lived in.” Hotels have to maintain standards to appeal to guests from all backgrounds. They have to be clean, but not necessarily warm and cozy.
When you’re staging a property, you need to make it feel like a home, meaning you need to have things around that make visitors feel comfortable; placing freshly cut flowers in the living room or a basket of fruits on the kitchen counter goes a long way.
6. Set Your Dining Table
People only prepare their dining table when they have guests over for lunch and dinner; but at other times, it’s just a part of the décor.
Setting up the dining table with a nice flower arrangement in the center and vessels in front of a few chairs can help visitors visualize what it may be like to be living in the house and having guests over.
7. Scrub The Floors
Your property’s floor experiences a lot of wear and tear over the years, and a worn-out floor reflects the age of the house.
You may not want to polish the floors of a house you intend to move out of, but you can scrub it so it looks nice and clean for people who visit it in the hope of making it their new home.
Scrub the floors and place area rugs on parts that are warped or scratched.
8. Rearrange the Furniture
We tend to get comfortable with existing furniture arrangements. But staging a property isn’t about your convenience; the purpose of staging a house is to present it in the best light, so it appeals to potential buyers and so it can be sold at a great price.
To get buyers to purchase your property, you need to arrange your furniture in a way that makes the space look bigger and brighter.
9. Stick to Neutral Colors
The vibrant lemon-yellow wall in the lounge may look great to you, but it’ll probably throw buyers off. When staging your property, it’s best to stick to neutral colors that most people are happy with.
You don’t need to go all white if you don’t want to; you can infuse personality into your walls with beiges, light grays, mochas, etc. These colors work well together and make for great backdrops.
10. Clear Out the Closets
Potential buyers are going to want to see your closet space; so clear them out so they can open them without hesitation.
Take out your clothes and place them in cartons when you’re expecting buyers.
11. Pick Up Your Kids’ Toys
It’s alright to expect families with kids to view your home, but that doesn’t mean you can scatter your kids’ toys everywhere.
If you have toys lying around the place, pick them up to make your house look clean.
Working under the Fathom Realty banner, Philip Fehler is an expert realtor in North Carolina. He has extensive knowledge when it comes to real estate investments, buying and selling houses in Fayetteville, military housing in Fort Bragg, and more. For more information, you can get in touch with him here or give him a call at (910) 381-1341.