While purchasing a home is generally a very emotionally driven process for most buyers, when it comes to closing a deal, appearance still sits at the top of the list. Some sellers are fortunate enough to be able to afford professional “stagers” who prepare their home for prospective homeowners; however, while their services often help create the right buying atmosphere, their expertise can run sellers anywhere from $50-$200 per hour.
Fortunately, hiring an expert to style your home isn’t the only way to get buyers to take an interest. In most cases, you can easily (and affordably) take matters into your own hands and produce a product, which will help move your property as quickly as possible.
1.) De-personalize your space: Although your family photos and hobbies may be important to you, they inhibit potential buyers from viewing your home as their future residence. In general, humans are often drawn towards pictures depicting other people, especially ones which portray things like happy family vacations and weddings from years past; however, if want your home to show like a model, the longer potential buyers spend looking at your photos, the less time they will be taking to truly look at your space.
2.) Get rid of the clutter: Yes, it’s normal for us to accumulate a lot of “stuff” after living in the same house for an extended period of time, but many of us fail to realize the affect that it may have on individuals looking for a future home. With this in mind, it’s important for sellers to step back and accept the fact that simplicity wins out.
By giving you someplace to store all of those kid’s toys, knick-knacks, and other various collections dominating your home, a 5-foot-by-5-foot storage unit will go a long way towards helping you get top-dollar for your home.
3.) Give each room a purpose: Don’t be afraid to rearrange your rooms so that they are not only accessible and open, but also have a distinct use and purpose. Perhaps that fourth bedroom served as an “everything room” (office, storage space, play room, etc.), but when it comes to staging your home, you may want to isolate one use so that buyers will have a better vision of how they can turn your space into their own.
With this, make a point to touch up paint where it is needed so that each room will appear clean and new. In fact, studies have shown that sellers who paint the interior of their homes generally see a better return on their investment.
4.) Clean, clean, clean: While it may seem self-explanatory, no one wants to tour a home that not only appears dirty and unkempt, but also carries with it an array of unpleasant aromas. Scientifically, our sense of smell is tied directly into the area of our brain which is responsible for memory and emotion; hence the reason that certain fragrances have the ability to immediately take us back to another time in our lives.
Therefore, if your goal is to help buyers imagine their life in your home, along with considering the services of a professional cleaning company, you may also want to consider baking cookies or lighting a few candles to bring in some added feel-good scents.
5.) Enhance curb appeal: Although I’ve already spoken about curb appeal in previous posts, it would be foolish to downplay the important role that it plays in getting buyers interested in your home. Yes, when many of us think of staging, we think of the interior; however, part of the process means taking care of what’s on the outside of your house as well.
Therefore, clean those gutters, mow the lawn, and add some fresh mulch around your bushes and trees. Attention to detail will truly make a great deal of difference when making everything appear trim and neat.
If you have any questions or would like some additional advice, please feel free to contact me. I’m always listening.
Pam Evans | Hello Pam Evans Real Estate | www.HelloPamEvans.com | 678-778-6551