Help them love your home!
You know that feeling when you stay in a posh hotel? The great views, and the big comfy furniture that makes you want to curl up with your favorite coffee and take a nap? That feeling is what you want to bottle, and release when home buyers are coming to look at your home. Staging your home is about setting the “stage” and marketing it to it’s fullest potential.
Follow these simple tips, to make your home marketable, even if you’re living in it!
1.) De-clutter: It’s a word that we hear all the time, but do you know how to do it in your
home? Here’s the best way, live as though your favorite person is coming to stay.. everyday. This means taking an inventory of every room, and removing only essentials. In your rooms, space and light is key. Take advantage of hidden storage spaces: under your bed, vertical space in your closets, and cool organizers like baskets, and room complimentary colored bins. Have limited space? Invest in functional organizers that you can stash a lot of essentials that you need on hand, everyday.
2.) Light: If your rooms are dark and closed in, they will feel cold and unappealing. If you don’t have ample natural light pouring into your rooms, consider painting the rooms with
light, neutral colors. If you do have good sources of light, show them off! Remove heavy drapery, and clean the windows. Have a great view? Place a chair or bed in that direction to make buyers see it too.
When you let in light, make sure the rooms are clean! Remember, every time you leave the house, your next home buyer may come to your home today. Leave it looking great every time, not just sometimes.
3.) Make it feel like home: If you know that your home is going to be shown – called a
“showing”, try and clean the night before. This way the smell of cleaning products isn’t in the air. Have you ever heard to bake cookies, so the house smells great? It’s true! Home buyers are lead by their senses. If you can make the home look, feel, and smell inviting you’re on the way to an offer. Lastly, be patient and enjoy your home while it’s clean and uncluttered. If you need help, hire a cleaning service to come weekly or bi-weekly. It will remove some stress, and you’ll keep it fresh and inviting. Relax, it will happen.