According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of Home Staging, 49% of realtors believe staging affects most buyers’ views of a home. Another 47% believe it influences at least some buyers.
Also, a majority of buyers (81%) find it easier to visualize their future home when it has an inviting atmosphere.
Below we provide checklists for the do’s and don’ts of staging your home to make the best impact on potential buyers.
The goal of home staging is to entice potential buyers to make an offer. To ensure your home staging attracts buyers, consider the following:
- Use color schemes in rooms. Look for opportunities to use color schemes, such as neutrals, to give the room a sense of unity. Move items from various locations of your house to make your color scheme complete. Also consider adding inexpensive items that fit well with the flow of your rooms.
- Consider the season. Different seasons warrant specific needs to make your home more appealing. For example, in summer, you will have to do more tending to outdoor areas, such as porches, decks and landscaping.
- Group your furniture. Position furniture in a comfortable and cozy setting by placing items away from walls, doorways or windows. This can help make the room appear more friendly and larger.
- Display creative art or decorations. Look for unique and appropriate artwork or decorations to display throughout your home. These items can give a room character and make it more relatable to the potential buyer.
- Light up your home. Proper lighting can make or break your home’s appearance. HGTV recommends 100 watts per 50 square feet and three types of lighting per room. These types of lighting include ambient (overhead), task (reading or under-cabinet) and accent (wall or table).
- Refresh old flooring and/or walls. If your floors or walls are looking dull, give them a refresh by replacing, polishing or painting them.
Staging your home should be a strategic process to make your home as appealing as it can be. Because of that, there are a few critical areas to avoid:
- Clutter and messy rooms. Don’t overcrowd rooms with items or furniture. Too many items can cause clutter and make your rooms small and uninviting.
- Outdated furniture or appliances. If you have outdated appliances or worn furniture, consider swapping them out for new versions.
- Uninviting homes. Although you want to make your home spotless, people also need to envision themselves living there. Find a balance between a polished look and one that displays the home’s character.
- Odors or smells. Scrub and deodorize your home to eliminate lingering smells from pets or other causes.
The checklists above will help you determine which items to use in your home staging. For those that do not make the cut, there is a simple solution—a self-storage unit.
Self-storage keeps unneeded items out of the way as you prepare your home for sale. Plus, as you pack, you’ll now have a place to put all your boxes without having to hide them from potential buyers.
Are you selling your home? Whether you need to stage your home or just need a place to store your belongings while in transition, visit our website to find the location that works best for you.
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