You’ve heard real estate agents talk about staging your home; what they mean is ways to prepare a property for sale on your local marketplace. It is a way to showcase a home’s best assets to impress buyers and sell quickly for the highest possible price.
Though not all sellers stage their homes (especially homes in lower price ranges), we think you’ll be at an advantage if you elect to take the extra step to stage your property. Here are a few staging tips for sellers you can utilize to help your home sell faster and hopefully for more money!
Staging Tips For Sellers To Help You Sell
If you’re planning to put your home on the market this summer, we likely don’t have to say that you will want to sell your home as quickly as possible and also for your asking price. Though the market here in Billings, Montana, is hot, and houses are quickly selling for their asking price or higher, you can set yourself up for success with these tips for styling and upgrading your home.
Read on as we discuss why staging is necessary, and then give you a few tips that will help attract buyers. These tips can also be used by property managers looking to attract renters into their properties.
Ready to get started?
Why Home Staging Is Important
Selling your house is a big deal and a significant financial transaction in your life. You don’t want to settle for a lower selling price or a more extended time period than you have to. Staging might be one of the most profitable projects you can undertake. Potential buyers are looking for a home they can improve their lifestyle in and fulfill their dreams. When you properly stage, you can create an emotional purchase for the buyer, leading to more profits for the seller.
We think home staging is also beneficial because potential buyers don’t want to walk into a potential new home and only see work that needs to be done. Every problem they see will likely need to be deducted from the cost of the offering price. Too many issues or an unlivable space might mean they pass completely on buying the home.
Let’s dive into a few staging tips for sellers to help you maximize your potential profits.
Boost Curb Appeal
You’ve probably heard this a dozen times, but we couldn’t resist. Most people interested in scheduling a viewing to tour your home will most likely do a quick drive-by first to gauge whether or not it’s even worth looking inside. Make sure your home looks great to anyone driving by:
- Power wash the siding on your house and the walkways (trust us on this!)
- Consider planting fresh flowers and greenery
- Make sure the house numbers are easy to read
- Mow the lawn and pull weeds as needed
- Wash the windows out front
- Consider repainting the front door or porch if it looks tired and worn (but keep it neutral)
Not All Rooms Need Staging
When it comes to home staging, not all rooms are considered equal. Focus your efforts on the rooms that will have the most significant influence on buyer’s decisions. Spend less time (and money!) on the spaces that likely won’t make much of a difference.
The rooms that buyers consider to be most important are the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen. Your real estate agent will give you specific tips on how to maximize those spaces and make them look their best in the listing photos and for the open house.
Get Rid Of Clutter
We’ll get right to it – space is what sells the house, and clutter takes up that space. You can make your home look bigger (and more desirable!) by editing your things down to just the basics. Don’t get us wrong; you don’t have to get rid of all of your stuff! Simply storing excess clutter elsewhere, for the time being, can free up a lot of space. For example, if you keep all your winter items in the front hall closet, but are listing your home in the summer, remove them into a separate storage space. Anything that you don’t use daily should be taken out. Again, the less stuff inside your house, the bigger it feels, and the more appealing it will be to buyers.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
You’ve heard of Spring cleaning, but the cleaning you do when you’re putting your home on the market should be about double. You want every nook and cranny to shine, from the baseboards to the ceiling. A spotless home suggests that the home was well maintained and just adds to the professionalism. A dirty house just won’t sell for as much as a clean house – ask any real estate agent!
Now is the time to tackle those rarely done chores, like dusting the window blinds and wiping out the inside of your cabinets. Even if you’re a fairly neat person, it might be worth hiring professionals to get that deep clean you probably don’t have the time (or patience) for.
Remove Personal Items
When it comes right down to it, buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home. Removing all personal items will go a long way toward boosting the imagination of viewers. Remove all family photos, keepsakes, and refrigerator magnets, and art. Keep clothes hidden if possible, and remove all personal items from the bathrooms. Anything that is highly personal or evocative of the home’s current inhabitants should be hidden away.
Make Those Small Repairs
Home staging is a great time to tackle the tiny scratches and holes that might signal neglect to buyers. One easy trick is to get those “magic erasers” and remove all the excess scuffs from the walls.
Start making a list for all those little things that could use some TLC. Just like with cleaning, the purpose is to show potential buyers that you’ve maintained the property and care about making the place look nice.
Though staging can seem time-consuming and cost-intensive, it can make a huge difference when it comes to the sale price and the amount of time your home will actually spend on the market. Though you might love the bright colors that make your home unique and fun, they might be just the thing that turns off buyers. When you’re staging your home to sell, the best thing you can invest in is new paint – light gray, white, taupe, light tan, etc. Intense bold colors in a room can distract from the home itself and remind the potential buyer of the home’s past and not their future in it.
Keeping things neutral allows buyers and viewers to imagine their own things inside the space.
Show Off The Closets!
This is a pro tip that you might not hear from other agencies – show off the closets! Open those closets and clear them of clutter and things you don’t need anymore. Open house visitors will no doubt open up every available storage space they can get their hands on. Closet space is one of those make-or-break wishlist items for many buyers, so make sure you show them off to their full advantage.
Trust us; even if you have to store those unsightly boxes and bins in the garage for the time being or even in a storage unit, it’s worth it! Try to leave at least 25% of your closets free to add to the appeal of spaciousness.
Need Help Selling? Contact The Billings, MT Realtors at 41 Realty Group
When you need help staging your home, contact your local real estate agent, like the experts at 41 Realty Group. We have the experience and the local market knowledge to stage your home for buyers and likely already have an established list of people who will be interested. We’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to sell your home quickly and for top dollar! Get in touch with us today – we would love to help you with all of your real estate needs.