8 seconds is the amount of time in which people decide whether or not they’re interested in your home for sale. So you’ve got to hook them. Staging a home isn’t new, but it can be intimidating. And after you’ve lived in your home for a while, you might not notice the things that could turn off potential buyers. These quick staging tips can up your odds of your home making a great first impression. Read on to set the stage …
Buyers decide within 8 seconds whether or not they are interested in your home. What do people see when they pull up to your house, walk to the porch and step in your front door? Your home never has a second chance to make a good first impression, either!
Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your space, so remove family photos, collections, bulletin boards and wall calendars, and any potentially offensive art or accessories (beer signs, deer heads, nude art, etc.) If your home is extremely style specific, i.e. very country or very modern, consider “softening” the style to give it broader appeal to a larger number of buyers.
You have to pack anyway, so why not get a jumpstart? Pack up out-of-season clothes to create the appearance of extra space in your closets, box up dishes, serving pieces and small appliances that aren’t for daily use. Store extra furniture, bedding, accessories, art, etc. Never has the idiom “less is more” been more true than when you’re staging a home.
Throw back the curtains, open the blinds, turn on all the lights and clean the windows! People generally buy light and space.
When you’re selling, it’s not time to go crazy with your favorite colors. A neutral, sophisticated color palette is the way to go when staging your home. A couple of our current favorite neutrals are Sherwin Williams Anew Gray and Universal Khaki. If your walls and furniture are neutral, add some life to the space with colorful pillows, art and rugs.
Do something memorable that sets your house apart from the five other homes they saw that day, i.e., provide cookies or place roses on the dining room table.
Make sure your home smells clean, but don’t use “girly” scents. If you have candles or other scented products going, stay with gender-neutral aromas, such as citrus, vanilla or cinnamon.
If you have indoor pets, remove all signs of them! Hide the food bowls, chew toys, dog beds and scratching posts. Clean up the pet fur and especially any stains on the carpet! Have carpets steam cleaned and consider well-placed area rugs if needed.
Whether it be wallpaper, light fixtures, hardware, carpet, tile, etc., if you have any drastically outdated fixtures or finishes in your home, now is the time to bring them up to speed. It is likely that your home will sell more quickly and for more money if you take care of these projects rather than leaving them for the next buyer.
Clean, clean, clean…then clean some more! Cobwebs, grout, baseboards, light fixtures, windows, blinds, etc. Think spring-cleaning on steroids and you’ll have it right! People are looking for homes that are well-maintained, and an updated, clean house says, “This house has been well-loved and well-cared for.”