If you're thinking of putting your home on the market, the last thing you want is for it to sit there. You probably have plans to move and houses to look for. For many homeowners, buying before they sell isn't a particularly comfortable feeling.
Selling your home quickly and getting your asking price isn't an impossible task though. One of the things that can really help you do that is through staging. No matter what kind of home you have or what neighborhood you live in, staging can help you sell quickly and efficiently.
Use this guide to learn some staging tips that can help you sell fast. Qualified Orlando real estate agents can help you with the process, but knowing the basics on your own can make the process easier.
Improve Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is the first thing that people will see when they make a visit. If they even drive by with a realtor on a tour, the outside of your house is going to make a lasting first impression on them.
For that reason, paying special attention to your front yard and entry area is essential. To spruce up this space, make sure your lawn is mowed, seasonal plants are in bloom and your front windows are sparking clean. You may also want to power wash the exterior of your home and the walkway that leads to your front door if it's been a while since you've done it.
Painting or staining your front door and porch areas will also make a huge difference in how your home is perceived by outsiders upon first visit.
Hire Professional Cleaners
Your home is probably reasonably clean right now. It may even have been very clean before you decided to sell. When it comes to having a Realtor show your home though, an average level of cleanliness just isn't good enough.
If you really want to sell your home quickly – and maybe even drive up the price – every detail needs to be perfect. To really achieve that, you need to make sure that your house looks so clean no potential shopper can even spot a speck of dust.
To achieve this goal, professional cleaners are your best bet. There are companies that specialize in heavy-duty cleaning in most areas and they handle things like shower drains, vents and even the dust that accumulates around door handles.
Hire a service to make a clean sweep of your home and it will be worth more than the minimal amount of money you pay in the long run.
Clear the Clutter
The average home has a fair amount of clutter. That's just the cost of living in a space, likely for a number of years. If you've got a whole family living in your home, chances are the clutter has accumulated in a way that will be immediately obvious to outsiders visiting your home.
Take the time to go through each room of your home and remove things that don't really need to be there. You might love that decorative vase you got in Greece, but when it's on a table with a lamp and a picture frame that leaves no room for anything else, it really is considered clutter.
Let your spaces and surfaces shine and remove clutter to make each room feel a little bit bigger. After all, an area with too much stuff is going to look small and a bit claustrophobic to some potential home buyers. A space that's clean and clear will allow them to picture their items in your home, improving the chances that they might fall in love with your home and make an offer.
Remove Personal Items
A house may not be a home without some personal items, but when you're looking to sell your home, you don't want to have too many family heirlooms or photos around. Any realtor who has ever staged a house before will tell you that.
The reasoning behind this is that personal items make a home feel like it belongs to somebody else. That makes it hard for potential buyers to picture themselves living in the space right from the start.
Clear personal items and show off your space instead. That's what the people really came to see.
Try a Fresh Coat of Paint
The paint on your walls in your home may seem fresh, but from an outside perspective, it may be looking a little dingy. That's especially true considering the fact that many potential buyers on the market are looking at dozens of homes, some of which are likely to be new construction with paint that went up within the week!
Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls, especially in main areas like the entry way, living room, kitchen and master bedroom can really go a long way toward making your home look clean and fresh. If you have a home that looks older from the outside, this can make the interior of the space seem less dated as well.
When you pick colors, clean whites and neutral choices are your best option. If you have a room or two with a bold, bright or dark color, now might be the time to go back to basics. If you don't want to do that, touching up the paint can make sure the color has the same dramatic effect you intended when you painted it the first time.
The way your furniture is set up in your home may be perfect, but many homeowners tend to move furniture for their needs over the years instead of sticking with what looks best. There's nothing wrong with that, but when it's time to sell, rearranging furniture again may be in order.
Orlando real estate agents should be able to help you maximize your space in a way that's ideal for the market and potential buyers. In general, your aim should be to make the house look its best while maintaining some semblance of what might be comfortable for somebody living in the house.
When you rearrange furniture, you should also do it in a way to make sure that the best elements of your home are clearly a focal point. If you've got great views, showcase them by moving that couch that partially blocked your windows, for example.
If your furniture feels a bit too funky for mass appeal, or you simply don't have enough to fill every room, consider renting from a staging company. Your Realtor can help you locate one and experts will help you pick the right pieces to appeal to potential buyers in your area.
Choose the Right Accents
You would be surprised at what the right accents can do for your space. Sometimes, a pillow or a throw can create just the right accent of color, texture or pattern you need to draw their attention to your rooms. Consider small furnishings such as a statement headboard or one or two unique pieces of small furniture to use as décor.
Area rugs are great at framing a space and look great on hard floors and bring warmth to a room.
Every room should have at least one artwork hanging on your walls. The right piece can draw your attention to a focal point in the room or give just the right complement to your furniture pieces.
Staging your home can seem difficult but don’t let that bog you down. Use the tips above to make sure your home doesn't spend any more time on the market than necessary.