Make a lasting first impression that makes potential home buyers want to see the inside of your house. How do you successfully grab their attention? Stage your house to make it more appealing.
Do I need to hire a professional interior designer?
While you may consider hiring a professional to help with the staging if you’re in a time crunch, you can stage your home without additional help. Stage the house one room at a time to keep things manageable.
First Room: Kitchen
Remember when you bought your house? Think back to how excited you were when it came to touring kitchens. Your kitchen is a prime selling point. Take some time to make sure it lives up to its full potential.
Begin with a deep cleaning. Target places that don’t normally make it on the daily cleaning schedule. Check the top of cabinets, under the sinks, and in the spaces where appliances meet other surfaces.
Organized cabinets and panties are impression. They show potential home buyers that you take care of your home. Placing canned goods and other items in order per size and type makes for a tidy looking cabinet. Remove items from around the sink. Pack away magnets and photos that are normally on the refrigerator or other kitchen surfaces.
Your pig collection may be the pride of the kitchen right now, but it may not appeal to a home buyer. Pack collections away in a safe place and replace themed items with something neutral
Second Room: Bedroom
It made perfect sense to turn that spare bedroom into a fitness room, office, entertainment room, or playroom, but it’s best to turn it back to a bedroom. Potential home buyers want to see the room as a bedroom. Remember to remove over-sized furnishings that make the space appear smaller.
Those bright pink walls may bring you joy, but they could send a buyer running in the other direction. Repaint the walls with a neutral color. Use accent colors to create a bit of interest.
Closets should be just as impressive as your cabinets. Remove shoes and other items from the floor. If possible, use matching hangers and organize clothing per color and style. Just these few things will create a closet you can be proud to show buyers.
Third Room: Bathroom
If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show, you know that people pay close attention to bathrooms. Maximize the appeal by removing hampers and large trash cans. Replace the shower curtain and bath mat to create a fresh look. Clean the shower tracks, tiles, baseboards, and inside the cabinets.
Put fresh hand towels on the racks and instruct household members that they are off limits. Place a fresh bottle of hand soap by the sink. Store personal care items and makeup out of sight.
Fourth Room: Living Room
Move furniture so that it isn’t up against walls, and remove any large pieces that make the space look smaller. Again, neutral colors are your friend. Use pops of color to enhance the appeal without being overwhelming.
Natural light is a welcome addition to the living room. Clean windows and window treatments. Clean ceiling fans and replace light bulbs. The buyers want to see themselves using this space. Remove personal collections, family photographs, and anything that could be offensive or distracting.
Fifth Room: Outside
Staging the outdoor area is just as important as the inside because this is where you make your first impression and grab the attention of buyers. Keep the lawn trimmed and free of debris. Refresh flower beds with new bedding. Add a colorful flowerpot near the front entrance. Place outdoor seating areas in conversational settings.
By focusing on one room at a time, staging your house will be less stressful. The best source of information about local communities and real estate topics is your real estate agent. Give Brianna Ruelas a call today, for Grand Rapids call 616-272-9198 or Phoenix call 480-500-9395 to learn more about the area, to discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.