How do you stage your home? This is an important question you’ll need to answer when looking to list your property and sell your house at the price you need.
- Take a photo of each room.
A lot can be determined by viewing the small screen of your phone or your laptop, and it can really help identify what to edit for maximum appeal. An important thing to look out for is “stuff”—excess decor, furniture, and other personal items that can clutter up a room.
When selling a home, it’s about the house itself; the architectural details, great upgrades, wood floors, flow, counter tops, and high ended appliances. Anything that distracts or detracts the eyes from the prize of the home itself is best to remove.
As far as what do with the “stuff,” it’s best to use offsite storage to store the decor, furniture, and other personal items you don’t want to part ways with. This will maximize the floor space of your house and create a fresh, clean feeling in your home and in your photos. Quality Services Moving can provide the temperature-controlled, very affordable storage. We can help stage your home, remove extra items, and store them for you, so you can concentrate on selling your home.
- Clear out small items.
While it may be difficult to store away items that you think are cool or hold personal value, it’s important to remember to view the house through the eyes of potential buyers, not as your own home.
Small items appear as visual clutter, especially in photos. Clutter can distract buyers and make a space seem smaller than it really is, which can both be turn-offs.
- Remove kitchen decor.
If the area above your kitchen cabinets is not at least 18 inches from the ceiling, remove all decor from the top of the cabinets.
Again, keeping decor in this space will make your kitchen appear crowded and small. Home buyers enjoy the idea of an open and inviting cooking and eating space, which is why it’s important to remove any decor that may clutter the kitchen.
- Use large-scale decor.
Find the focal point in a room and accent with a large-scale piece of art or décor.
These areas can include a fireplace mantel, the area over the headboard in the master bedroom, or an area in the dining room. While pieces of art can make for great eye-catchers, the use of a decorative mirror can also help the space to appear more open and inviting to any potential buyers.
- Buy new bedding and linens.
It’s a good choice to replace any bedding and bathroom linens that have seen their life expectancy. While these items won’t be staying in the home after the showing, they create a pleasing image to those viewing your home.
- Make the outdoors great.
Don’t overlook outdoor entertaining areas, especially when listing during months with better weather.
This may include basic steps such as sweeping and sprucing up a patio area, or re-staining your deck. You may also have to go as far as purchasing new outdoor furnishings to create the feeling of a fun and modern space.
- Hire a cleaner.
A clean house says, ‘I’ve been well cared for”. Most buyers will notice any odd stains or smells that you have become used to over the years. If these aren’t enough to detract the buyer, they may use these details to bargain a cheaper price.
Consider what you would pay to have your car detailed prior to selling – it’s well worth the investment.
Why Home Staging Matters
By taking the time to present your home in the best light, you can ensure that your property will make a good impression on prospective buyers. These thoughtful changes can protect your real estate investment as you work to sell your house for the best price the market will support.
Let Quality Services Moving help with every aspect of your move, from Staging and Storage, to your final move into your new home. We have the expertise to assist with every step. Contact us today for a free, in-house Consultation and Estimate at 703-495-8900 ext. 1, or visit us at www.QSMoving.com. We look forward to making your move stress-free.