One of the topics that I'm continually discussing with my seller clients is staging. "Is it really necessary?" is often the thrust of their questions. To address this, I decided to include here a list of sure fire staging tips for the do-it-yourself seller.
Staging Your Home: 10 easy and amazing tips for an effective sale
1. Consider curb appeal.
Landscaping is not in everyone's budget, but you can draw attention to your home with any large, inflatable seasonal decorations you might have. Try to at least use the Reindeer in the winter or the Easter Bunny in Spring, but if you don't have what you need to match the season, that's OK. The idea is to get potential buyers to notice your home!
2. Get rid of clutter!
Stuff as much as you can into any available closet. If the closet gets too full, don't forget to leave a warning sign for an unwary buyer who might want to check out your storage space. If they don't get buried by the mess, they will be impressed by how much you can cram into your closets.
3. Turn excess inventory into cash.
Put price tags on anything you want to sell. You can turn that open house into an economic opportunity! Make sure your cash table is conveniently located right near the front walk so folks won't pass you by!
4. Watch where the eye goes.
Walk the halls of your home and peer into each room. Can you see a stain on the rug? Casually toss an old sweater on it. Are there some smudges on the walls? Get junior's art work from first grade and start pasteing it over that messy wall, art gallery style!
5. Find a fix-it person.
You may discover that you have some flaws in your home that need to be fixed. A thoughtful seller always provides a list of local fix-it persons so your Buyer can take care of all that after you're gone.
6. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
That's the old saying, I know, but people are intimidated by a home that's TOO clean. It makes them feel bad about their own lives. A few dust bunnies and cobwebs can make a prospective buyer feel right at home.
7. Let in some air.
You don't want a home to be too stuffy. Be sure any windows over the cat box or near the over-stuffed laundry basket are open. If the rooms still smell a bit "off", make sure you cook some curry, or any other strong-smelling food like cabbage to mask the smell.
8. You could let in some light. . .
But only if you want the home's flaws to show up big-time. It's best to keep things dark. Light a few candles if you need those eager buyers to see where they're going. Candles turn any home into a romantic hideaway, and if they're scented, all the better!
9. Fresh flowers are popular.
But you won't need them if you have scented candles, so don't waste your money on something that will just die anyway.
10. Carefully consider security!
Put any valuables in one room and leave your dog to guard it. Be sure to tell Realtors to watch their steps when they go in; and for that extra measure of consideration, put a sign up on the door cautioning Buyers to do the same!