Staging is one of the most important home improvement projects. It helps homeowners to sell their homes as fast as possible and to get their asking prices. If your sellers are looking to gain a competitive edge in the real estate market, they should embrace home staging. Those targeting homebuyers with families can make use of the following tips to augment their homes’ visual appeal without breaking their moving budget.
Sellers should pack most of their personal belongings over the weekend and enlist the help of their families. However, since they are marketing to families, they should leave out some family photos. They can display photos of their families enjoying camping trips or other family activities. Such photos plant seeds of happiness in buyers’ minds and make them think how happy their families will be living in the home.
All other portraits, pictures, and mementos must be stored out of view or outside the home. These can draw buyers’ attention and prevent them from seeing the house as their prospective home. Remind sellers that they are not selling their family but they are selling their home – that should be the focal point. When shopping for a house, potential buyers prefer to see less of the seller’s personal items as it’s easy to picture themselves living there.
Many houses are filled with objects that are unused. These objects take up a lot of space and make rooms seem smaller than they actually are. Advise sellers to pack about half of the things they own and they will discover that they can live comfortably without them. Buyers don’t want to see how many things can fit in a room, they want to see the space the room has. Sellers should use their free time to pack unused items and tackle one room at a time. If they wait for the right time to pack, it might never come.
Homeowners should pack up every unused item and store it offsite if possible. Packed boxes and additional furniture should be stored away from living spaces as they can be a distraction for buyers. Those who decide to store items in the garage should make certain they organize things neatly.
The exterior is the first thing buyers see and should make a lasting impression. It gives buyers an idea of what’s inside and tells them about the homeowners. Encourage sellers to focus on small exterior updates which don’t require a lot of time but offer great value for money. They can paint their front doors, add potted plants to their patios, trim shrubs and trees, and enhance path and walkways. These updates can add a lot of value to their properties.
Small changes in a living room can make a big difference. Sellers can update their living rooms by incorporating patterns or fresh accessories. Those who want to add color without touching their walls can integrate bright throw pillows. They can choose pillows which coordinate with the room’s dominant hue but also have fresh accent colors. They can enhance these accents by placing accessories with the same hues throughout the space. Homeowners can also add new lighting fixtures like floor lamps which introduce sheen and texture and fill in voids in corners.
When it comes to selling a home, nothing compares to the raw power of first impressions. Each time a prospective buyer walks through the front door of a listing, you want them to think “Wow! This is a great home!” Home staging helps sellers to envision what buyers will look for in their homes. This way, they are able to bring buyers’ vision to life. Share these time-saving tips with your sellers to help them attract buyers with families.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.