Staging your home is one of the most important parts of getting your home ready to sell. It gives potential buyers a glimpse into the property that they may be moving into. The more presentable you can make your home look, the better.
Selling a home in Illinois can be challenging. You have to consider current market trends and get involved in a process in which you often wouldn’t experience.
Marketing your home is an important part of the process. Having your home properly staged is one way to make the experience easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
Here are a few tips for successfully staging your home:
- 1. Eliminate clutter.
- 2. Deep clean your home.
- 3. Evaluate curb appeal.
- 4. Think bright.
- 5. Remove unimportant furniture.
- 6. Arrangement is essential.
- 7. Stage the important rooms first.
- 8. Don’t forget the extras!
- 9. Be prepared financially.
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1. Eliminate clutter.
Before you attempt to stage your home, take some time to evaluate your surroundings.
Are there things that are just gathering dust? Are there things that are broken or should be replaced? Now is a good time to eliminate clutter.
Discard, donate or recycle the things that are just taking up space. Don’t just stuff them in your garage, storage shed or closets, because people who view your home are sure to look in those spaces.
2. Deep clean your home.
Once you’ve gotten rid of clutter, it’s time to deep clean your home inside and out. It’s usually preferable to do such cleaning during the warmer months or on a sunny day or two.
Open the windows to get some fresh air moving inside your home. You can even make the event a family affair, and put your spouse or significant other, children, and other relatives and friends in charge of cleaning certain areas or rooms.
The more people that are involved, the sooner you’ll be done! Of course, you can always hire help to get it done for you as well.
3. Evaluate curb appeal.
Curb appeal is how appealing your home looks on the outside. You want to make a good first impression because the outside of your home is often the first thing most visitors will see.
Besides cleaning your siding and exterior windows, you should also make sure that your house number is clear and easy to read. Take some time to trim shrubs and other outdoor plants and trees.
Mow your lawn if you’re showing your home during spring, summer or fall. Power wash your driveway and sidewalk. Test your outdoor lighting and replace any broken or worn-out lightbulbs as needed.
4. Think bright.
Your visitors will want to visit a place that’s warm and inviting. You can start creating this atmosphere with your indoor lighting. Install lightbulbs that accentuate your interior’s features.
Replace any lighting fixtures or lampshades that are outdated or in poor condition. Upgrade to energy-efficient lightbulbs if possible. Open your blinds and curtains before every showing to create a more inviting interior.
5. Remove unimportant furniture.
A key to staging your home is by showcasing the basics. You don’t need your visitors to see everything that you have. Focus on the basics. Sell or store furniture that you don’t want your visitors to see.
If certain items are going with you when you move, you can keep them in a storage unit or store them at a family member or friend’s home.
Clean the area where that furniture used to be so that the room is more presentable. You can even rent or buy new pieces of furniture to fit a room’s theme if you want.
6. Arrangement is essential.
As the saying goes, it’s all about appearances. This includes how your furniture and fixtures in your home are arranged.
Spend a few minutes arranging and moving your furniture around before you show your home. Chairs, tables, sofas and other furniture should be moved away from the walls whenever possible.
This makes each room cozier and allows enough space for people to walk around when they view your home.
7. Stage the important rooms first.
Staging your home can be a time-consuming process. It can take hours or even days to get everything just right.
The good thing is that you don’t have to do everything all at once. Make a plan, and stick to it. Start by staging the areas of your home that you emphasize the most.
You can begin with the living room, master bedroom or kitchen, for example. From there, you can work on staging other rooms as necessary.
Once you’ve tackled the important areas, staging the rest of your property should be much easier.
8. Don’t forget the extras!
Most homebuyers look at several different homes before making a decision. That’s why it’s important to do the little things to make your home stand out in their eyes.
Add a few personal touches to make your home unique. Add a nice new doormat or entry rug. Buy some fresh flowers to put in different rooms of your home.
Put on some relaxing music in the background. Have fresh towels in your kitchen and bathrooms. Put out a selection of finger foods, cookies or other treats for guests to enjoy.
9. Be prepared financially.
In most cases, staging your home isn’t free. You may have to invest in a storage unit to store furniture and other belongings.
You may want to buy a camera or hire a professional photographer to take quality pictures of your home. You may also want to rent furniture or buy new pieces that you’ll take with you when you move.
Whatever the cost, realize that it’s all part of selling your home, and budget for these costs accordingly. Of course, some of this may be handled by a real estate agent if you’ve enlisted one or help in selling your home.
These are just some of the most important things to consider when it’s time to stage your home when putting it up on the market. You don’t have to be perfect.
Things just need to be clean and presentable. You want to create a favorable impression and give possible buyers every reason to want to buy your home.
Staging your home shouldn’t take more than a day or two. Once you’re done, you can start scheduling open houses and start thinking ahead to accepting an offer, selling your home and moving on to the next chapter of your life.
Have questions or want to see home in person?
Call or Text Chris 630-234-1770
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