Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Picture this: You pull up to a beautiful home for sale with a freshly manicured lawn. The grass is lush and full. The landscaping has pristinely cut bushes and beautiful bright flowers. The steps leading up to the door are clean of any leaves or debris. The freshly painted door is a lovely shade of red and beautiful. You can’t wait to get inside! You open the door and realize the house looks very “lived in.” Jackets strewed over the backs of chairs; toys sitting on the coffee table, dog beds in the corner. Yikes!
I get it. It’s someone’s home. But the best way to sell YOUR home is to make the buyer feel like it’s already THEIR home. That’s where staging your home can bring you big bucks and quick! Staging doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It’s as simple as decluttering, deep cleaning and decorating.
Step one is to declutter and de-personalize. I like to work on the “clutter zones” first aka the areas you use the most, the coffee table, the kitchen table or a counter. You want to clean surfaces. Remove magnets from the refrigerator doors, empty all trash cans and move them out of sight. Think of removing all papers, mail, and knick-knacks. Yes, even removing that vase that your mother-in-law gave you. She will understand, I promise!
Then move to the main living areas and bedrooms. Remove all items from your side tables and coffee tables except for maybe a lamp or a single book. The key is simple and clean. Speaking of cleaning...
The next step is to deep clean your entire house. You can do this yourself, put the kids to work or hire it out. Once all your clutter is gone, it will be a much easier process to clean and keep your home tidy. Make sure you are wiping down all the major surfaces but also baseboards, ceiling fans, around the toilet base, and every nook and cranny. I also highly recommend having your carpets cleaned by a professional, especially if you have pets.
Finally, the fun part, decorate! When you think of staging decor, the items should be minimal and neutral in color. You can always add a pop of color with soft fluffy pillows and smaller items, but overall, think neutral colors. You want the buyers to walk in and see the home and the structure, not your furniture or your decor. Use lamps to light up dark corners of a room and create a warm environment. Set the dining room table as though you have company over. Replace family photos with interesting pieces of artwork.
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Helping buyers fall in love with your property can be as easy as decluttering and de-personalizing deep cleaning and decorating. These steps can help you get the most out of your home and help someone fall in love with your property as much as you did!
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