Most people who have sold a home know that there are many things that can be done to make your house more attractive to potential buyers. From landscaping upgrades that add curb appeal to decluttering your rooms for a more spacious feel, the possibilities vary in terms of effort and cost. Here are some simple staging tricks to help your home make a strong first impression, without spending a ton of time or money.
1. Stage your closets
Nothing says organized like a display-quality closet. Color coordinated clothes, shopping bags filled and displayed on top shelves, a shoe rack that Carrie Bradshaw would envy, and his-and-hers sections in your closets will surprise and wow buyers during your open house. To make your home seem extra sleek and tidy, make sure to stage all of your closets and really make a statement.
2. Don’t forget the bathrooms
While most homeowners clean their bathrooms before viewings, you can make yours sparkle with an added touch of luxury or two. Stage your bathroom as if it was in a hotel, with your best hand towels, luxe hand soaps and lotions, and fresh cut seasonal flowers such as poinsettias on display. Our top tip? Don’t forget to make your bathroom smell as good as it looks! A small bowl of baking soda or even a plate of lemon will do the job of absorbing odors. Then, instead of using harsh sprays, add a basket of potpourri or a scented candle to keep the air smelling great.
3. Set the table
Let potential buyers see themselves living their everyday lives in style by creating a tastefully staged dining room table, complete with your best tableware and centerpiece. This takes very little effort on your part and will help visitors envision their own dinners in their new home. One more tip – shrink your dining room table as much as you can. Remove any leaves, and if your table seats six, remove a couple chairs while you’re at it. This will instantly help the room feel bigger.
4. Add a pop of color
While most of us know that there can be too much of a good thing, there is something to be said for consistency in design style. By taking a page from the book of the Fixer Uppers and choosing one color to use as a focal point in each room, you will give your home a put-together, stylized look that potential buyers will remember even if they’re not quite sure why. Just make sure not to go overboard!
5. Get baking
It might sound silly, but there is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies (or bread, or cake, or pie) to make someone feel at home. There is absolutely nothing wrong with throwing a few batches of your favorite festive goodies in the oven to get your home smelling as fantastic as possible. Or, fake it with a cinnamon scented candle or diffuser. We won’t tell!
6. Organize your garage
If you want to grab the attention of any gearheads during showings, don’t forget to give your garage the love and attention it deserves. A well-organized garage with plenty of space for tools, cars, outdoor toys and gadgets will help potential buyers see themselves filling up this space themselves. Plus, it’s a lot nicer to look at than piles of boxes!
7. Bring the outdoors in
A cheerful bunch of flowers can brighten the mood in a big way, so consider staging your home with a fresh-cut bouquet in every room. If you’d rather not rack up bills at your local florist, opt for greenery sourced from your own backyard. Pine sprigs, branches of eucalyptus, rosemary leaves or ivy garland are just a handful of options that can be found outdoors, and can give your home a natural, inviting look that will be remembered after viewings.
8. Turn the radio on
Just as awkward silences can dampen the mood during get-togethers, the same can be said for house viewings, which are often formal and a bit stuffy. Make your guests more comfortable by turning on your digital radio, Bluetooth speaker, or Spotify account before opening your door to potential buyers. Just make sure your music selection isn’t too loud or distracting.
Showcase the Best Version of Your Home
When potential buyers are house-hunting, they want to imagine the homes they view as their own. With these simple but impactful tips and tricks, you’ll help people imagine living with their loved ones in a clean, spacious, organized setting – an ideal version of their future home-sweet-home!
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