Experienced realtors know the tricks of the trade when selling homes, one of the most effective being home staging. Taking the steps to spruce up mom’s old house can help it sell swiftly at a dollar price she will be happy with. Homes staged before hitting the market sell, on average, 73% faster!
What is Home Staging?
Staging is the process of turning a private residence into a model home that is comfortable, open and inviting to buyers. More than just redecorating, home staging is all about choosing the right props, rearranging/eliminating furniture and creating focal points in main living areas that accentuate architectural features of the home. While your loved one’s home may have their personality and life story stamped throughout the house, the key to home staging is creating an environment where buyers can picture themselves living there as opposed to picturing who lives there currently.
The key words here are: declutter, move, toss, rearrange, repair, replace and stage. Most people have more furniture than they actually need, getting rid of unnecessary pieces is a great way to declutter and make a home feel more spacious and open.
- Instead of putting furniture up against the walls, try rearranging furniture into groupings to make a space more open and user friendly.
- Dad’s favorite recliner may not look as good as it once did, consider replacing or storing away furniture that is past it’s peak.
- Remove things such as pet items, personal affects and the family pictures found throughout the house.
- Repair leaky faucets and re-paint any room that needs a fresh coat of paint.
- Painting adjacent rooms a similar color can help spaces feel bigger and picking a fun color for an accent wall in the extra bedroom can bring in some creative personality.
- Lastly, don’t forget to add a special touch to each room such as fresh cut flowers, accessories in groupings of three and clean rolled up towels in the bathroom to give a spa like feel to the home.
When selling a home, it can be difficult to find a perfect sweet spot of how to market your property to every single buyer demographic, but you can stage extra bedrooms of your home to appeal to certain types of people. When getting your home ready for viewings, consider these three target groups:
Young couples – Many first-time homebuyers are young people with the idea of starting a family. Consider taking a spare room and converting it into a child’s bedroom. This helps the buyer visualize the possibility of raising kids in the space.
Single professionals – Young professionals today are increasingly working from home. Having an office space in your home with good lighting for long hours spent on the job is a great idea. Think about furnishing the office with a pull-out couch, showing the young buyer that while the space is made for working, it can also double as a place to house weekend guests.
Large families – Big families need a lot of space. Converting spare storage rooms or offices into enough bedrooms for a full family is a must. You can even take offices on your main floor or in the basement and show potential buyers that there is plenty of room for not only the children they have now, but also for future family expansions. Also consider mocking up these bedrooms for a wide variety of ages: a room for an infant with a crib; a room for an elementary schooler with toys; and a more refined room for a child in high school or college.
Tony Clark Realtors believes everyone should feel confident when buying and selling a home. We are here to be your trusted adviser. Since 1976, we are the Owensboro Kentucky market expert.
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