While there is absolutely a market for professional home stagers, there’s not too much magic in what they do, as you can implement some of the same design strategies when listing your home for sale. Let’s take a walk through your home . . .
First, start from the ground up. Can a potential buyer see the flooring in each room, or do area rugs cover a large amount of your tile or hardwood? If they do, remove them just while your home is listed for sale. Is the hardwood and tile in good condition? If not, now is the time to consider repairing or cleaning them, to ensure top dollar for your home. Or, if you have carpet, is your carpet clean and in good condition? Clean floors are critical for that initial positive impression.
Second, is your home a neutral environment for potential buyers? In other words, are there personal items in each room that may distract a potential buyer from looking at the actual features of your home? For example, family photos should be tucked away before you list your home for sale, as they make it more difficult for potential buyers to see themselves in your home. Do you have sports paraphernalia or collections of items displayed in your room? While these items may be things you cherish, they are distracting to buyers and may cause it to be difficult for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.
Third, is your home decluttered? Namely, are your countertops in your kitchen and bathroom clean, and free of personal items or clutter? To highlight the beautiful features of your home and the spaciousness of these important spaces, eliminating any and all non-essential items from these horizontal surfaces is a quick and easy task when staging your home for sale.
Finally, is your home light and bright? Are any of your lamps and fixtures missing lightbulbs? Are all of your window treatments opened to increase natural light in your rooms? Are your windows sparkling clean? All of these steps are easy ways to increase the ability of buyers to notice and appreciate all of the features in your home.
I’d would be happy to walk through your home and to give you more staging tips specific to your own home.