Do you plan on selling your house this year? If so, staging it to sell fast is one way to make sure that you don’t have to turn your life upside down for months, having to leave the house at the drop of a hat for potential viewing. Staging basically means making your house appealing to the masses. Taking the time up front to update, clean and depersonalize can directly translate into less time your house is on the market. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Clean, clean, clean. And then clean some more. Pay close attention to dingy bathrooms, they really gross people out. No one wants to think they are inheriting someone else’s filth if they buy the house. Scrub, scour and make all of the rooms sparkle.
- Depersonalize. No matter how classy your home décor and family photos are, they are not necessarily every potential buyer’s style. Even if they are, they distract from the buyer’s ability to “imagine” themselves living in the house. Box up and store any personal items. Minimalism is the key in staging décor. It will make the house seem bigger anyway.
- Give rooms a fresh coat of paint. Neutral paint color can make a room more appealing and make it seem cleaner. Consider a fresh coat of paint on baseboards too—dirty, dented baseboards remind buyers that the house is “used.”
- Focus on first impressions. Entry ways are the first thing potential homebuyers see. Get a fresh welcome mat, and if the season allows, some potted flowers. “Welcome” homebuyers into “their new home.” Give the front door a fresh coat of paint, if needed.
- If your furniture makes a room feel crowded, consider removing some of it. Your goal is to make the space look huge. It may only be functional for your family to have 2 full size couches to watch t.v., but potential homebuyers will just see a crowded room. Store excess furniture in a storage unit. It’s an upfront investment that will hopefully pay off with a quick sell.
- Let as much natural light as possible shine in. Make sure to open all of the windows, blinds and curtains. Natural light makes people happy. Happy people want to buy your house.
- Make sure bedrooms are gender neutral. If you have a sweet pepto bismal pink room for your little girl, it’s time to paint it. You can personalize your next house again. The same goes for the master bedroom. If your bedding is all flowers and lace, it might be worth it to buy an inexpensive neutral bedspread until after the sell.
- Cater to buyer’s senses. The smell of baked goods makes a place feel more “homey.” Realtors always suggest either burning an apple pie type candle before a showing, or mulling some cider. Either way, entice the buyer with the smell of home.
- Turn on the lights. It might feel wasteful, but turn on the lights. Remember, you want your home to feel bright and airy.
- Make repairs. Nothing like selling a house to get all of those fix-it items on your list done. If you have a broken tile, a deck that needs stained and sealed—whatever the repair, now is the time to do it. You don’t want potential buyers to see your house as a “fixer upper,” it may cost you thousands in a potential offer. The upfront cost kind of stinks, since you won’t get to enjoy the benefits, but the goal is to sell the place, right?
Do you have any other tried and true ways to stage your house for a fast sell?
We want to sell our house, but so many things need done. I don’t even know where to get started. Between working and just regular laundry and housework it feels like an impossible task. I think I am going to start with de-cluttering and have a huge garage sale once the weather turns better. Whatever is left will be going to Goodwill. I can’t stand living in this 4,000 sq ft monster anymore.
We sold our house at one of our g-sales! They loved our stuff and even loved our house without any of the planned repairs we were going to make! Ya just never know!
I have a bread machine, and when we sold our last house I would make cinnamon bread or fresh bread in the bread machine timed to bake during the showing. Who can resist the smell of fresh-baked bread!
Mavis Butterfield says
Great idea Rebecca!
WASH your windows!
Renting a storage unit was key for us. I was able to remove everything I didn’t want, in the photo shoot or in closets, quickly. Don’t take comments on your house too personal, some people are just cuckoo. We had the house staged perfectly and new paint, and we would get comments that it wasn’t decorated enough and it needed new paint.
I staged our house in California, back in 2005 when prices were going up, but we wanted a quick sale. (Military move) Scrub and scrub and scrub some more. We did lots of stuff over the previous two years that we did get to enjoy, (to get the house ready).
What worked for us… immaculate house. And two laundry baskets at the ready to ‘clear surfaces’ when someone came to look. More than 80% of our stuff was already packed up, and at a storage shed. We spent time and money on the yard being “ready” with blooming plants, AND we (meaning I) paid attention to current trends in “color” and decorating. We were not “cutting edge trendy” but we were up to date/