Importance Of Staging A Home In Preparation For Sale

Selling one’s home is not an easy task. The very first stage of preparation should be removing the clutter. This is most important. Often times, professional home stagers will remove half of the owner’s furnishings before placing it on the market. By removing the clutter, the home will immediately appear to be much larger. You may not want to get rid of lots of furniture, but a good critical eye can detect what is really necessary or what you can live without.

Another key factor in staging one’s home is to remove personal photographs placed around the home. As beautiful as these photos may be to the homeowner, it is a distraction to the buyer. Artwork not containing people in it is the best way to go.

As many DO’s as there are in staging one’s home properly, there are also many DON’Ts. Rugs that are fit to go around toilets, many times having a matching seat cover, is a definite DON’T. Preferably, a rug placed away from the toilet should be used in its place.

One basic step in staging often lies in the foyer. Many people are not aware of the importance of the first impression. This does not need to be anything extravagant. Any statement is better than nothing. Just hanging a pretty painting for a splash of color or a mirror which can add the illusion of space might be all it takes for that first positive impression.

One BIG No-No is displaying loose electrical wires. A few easy steps can resolve that eyesore. The use of a staple gun to attach them to furniture or baseboards is one way to handle the problem. Try to camouflage the cords by matching its color to the wall color. If you can, a hole can be drilled in the back of furniture for the loose cords to run through.

Outdated cabinets and hardware should be updated. Replacing the old hardware for the new is an easy and inexpensive way to make a better impression.

One of your goals when showing your home is to try to make people feel welcome. Without changing all of the furniture, you may want to experiment with ways to make a formal room look a bit more inviting.

It is important when you first furnish your home to remember that the room you are furnishing may not be the same size as the area in which you saw that furniture displayed in the store. It is important to first measure your space to be sure that the furniture you place there will fit properly. It is best not to over furnish an area.

These are just a few examples of how to prepare your home to impress the prospective buyer. No need to go crazy. Just keep a few basic ideas in mind, and you will see how great your home can appear.