Selling a house is a major endeavor no matter where you live. Not only must you find a real estate agent to list your home and pack your belongings, you also have to stage your home so that it looks as beautiful as possible when prospective buyers come to see it.
Organization is the key to a successful home staging. You’ll have to be meticulous and thorough to ensure that everything goes according to plan. These four tips can help you do it.
Tip #1: Declutter Your Furniture
If you need to continue living in your home while it’s on the market, the first thing you should do is decide which pieces of furniture you need to have to be comfortable.
For example, you obviously need to keep your family’s beds, but do you really need a sofa, a loveseat, and two overstuffed chairs in the family room? If they make the room look smaller than it is, then consider taking one or more pieces out and putting them in storage.
You may also need to rearrange furniture after you remove some of it. Your goal should be to make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to see their furniture in place of yours. The less of it there is, and the more neatly it is arranged, the easier it will be for them to do that.
Tip #2: Prepare for Nosiness
Buying a home is a big decision – perhaps the biggest buying decision any of us make in our lives. For that reason, it’s to be expected that people who are viewing your home will want to peer into every nook and cranny.
Even the most perfect staging can be ruined by a prospective buyer’s peek into a chaotic drawer or closet. It might be uncomfortable to think of strangers looking in your kitchen drawers or hall closet, but you should be prepared for them to do exactly that.
Neatness matters because ultimately, nobody buys a home where they can’t see themselves living. When drawers and closets are neat and organized, the people viewing your home will be able to imagine their belongings in the drawers. That’s what you want.
Tip #3: Consider a Buyer’s Point of View
Another key consideration that some sellers miss is thinking about the way that potential buyers will look at their home. What aspects are they likely to consider?
For example, it is reasonable to expect that they will take the time to look out of windows to experience the view. That means that you should think about what they will see and do everything you can to organize it so it is appealing.
Does the kitchen window look out on a cluttered play area? Clean it up. Just a few minutes walking through your house as if you were new to it can help you spot potential problem areas and clean them up.
Tip #4: Label Everything
This last point has more to do with you than it does with prospective buyers. You may have to pack your belongings and declutter fairly quickly, but you can still make time to organize what you pack so you can find it when you move.
Make sure to invest in some black markers and labels. As you pack, label each box with a list of what it contains and what room it belongs to. That way, when you get to your new home, the unpacking process will be a stress-free as possible.
Staging your home for sale may be stressful, but these four easy tips can make it a smooth and even enjoyable process. Not only will you be able to show off your home to its best advantage, but you’ll get a jump start on your packing so your own move goes without a hitch.