Although the market is strong for sellers right now, it is important that you do not underestimate the power of home-staging. When a house is staged, it becomes a home to all potential buyers. It allows them to imagine the life they would live there and generates ideas in their mind of how it would feel once they moved in.
Many homeowners confuse home staging with interior design; however, there is a distinct difference between the two. While interior design reflects the person for whom you are designing, staging is about depersonalizing. Staging should be geared towards a broad appeal – something everyone will be drawn to.
Here are a few tips from the pros to staging your home:
- Remove personal belongings – The main objective to home staging is to help potential buyers visualize the space as their own. This includes removing personal items such as family photos in frames and on the fridge, as well as making sure clothes and personal items in the bathroom are put away out of sight. It may feel out of sorts for you to live in during this time, but it will help a potential buyer connect better with your property.
- Highlight special features – Large windows or patio doors that offer fantastic views should be in clear view and not blocked by furniture or other fixtures. Any special appliances or functions in the house should be made visible and your Realtor® should be knowledgeable enough to showcase these features seamlessly.
- Inexpensive interventions – Simple upgrades such as a fresh coat of paint, relaxing music playing in the background and a scented candle can have a major impact on the aesthetics of the home when being shown. It also highly recommended that your house be professionally cleaned from top to bottom prior to showings.
Yes, home staging is an important factor to selling your home. However, there are several other factors that play into this big picture – pricing, location, current market activity, etc. If selling your home is a consideration or perhaps you just want to learn more about the current market, let’s connect! I am always happy to discuss real estate matters with you!