When you’re selling something significant like your home, you probably want to get as much as you can from the sale and don’t want it sitting on the market too long. When a potential buyer sees a home, they don’t want to see all the work they’ll have to do if they buy it. This can make them deduct money from their offer price or pass up on your home altogether. 

That’s why staging is essential. Proper staging can highlight your home’s best features, minimize its flaws, and help you sell it quickly for the best price possible. Good staging can also make your home look a lot more appealing in photos in online listings which is ultimately the initial bait to attract many buyers to come to see your home.

The key to staging a home is making sure your home appeals to the majority of buyers. As a property management firm, Utopia Management in San Luis Obispo are masters of curb appeal. They say while your budget and time will ultimately decide how much staging you’re able to do, there are inexpensive opportunities to optimize the value of your home and sell it quickly. Follow as many tips as you can below to effectively stage your home for resale. 

Deep Clean

A squeaky clean home shows potential buyers you took care of your home, not to mention a dirty house can be incredibly off-putting. While staging your home, it’s a good time to thoroughly clean it from top to bottom, inside and out. The ultimate goal is to make everything look brand new, even if it’s not. 

Declutter

Clutter becomes a problem when selling a home because not only does it look untidy and can distract potential buyers from your home’s best features, but it can also make your home appear like it has a lot less space.

So before staging your home, it’s time for the ultimate spring cleaning — The expired food in your pantry, old toys your kids have outgrown, stacks of unnecessary papers sitting on the counter, and clothes you no longer wear. Start with one room at a time and decide what you will keep, what you don’t need on a daily basis, and what you’ll toss or donate, then put them in boxes accordingly. 

Depersonalize

Your personal items are, well, personal – especially when it comes to the things in your home, and potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your home as their own.

This can be incredibly hard to do if your personal items are overwhelming the space. Before showing your home to potential buyers, it’s best to remove highly personal items like family photos, children’s toys, your refrigerator magnet collection, bathroom toiletries, etc. 

Neutral Paint

While you may be fond of the cheery yellow you decided to paint your bathroom or the fuchsia walls your daughter insisted on in her bedroom, it’s probably safe to say the majority of buyers probably won’t be. Keep things safe with neutrals like whites, creams, tans, and beiges when staging. Freshen up the interior of your home (and possibly the exterior) with a fresh coat of paint in a timeless, neutral color that will appeal to the masses.

Flooring 

A dirty carpet has the tendency to deter potential buyers, and linoleum flooring is very outdated and can look cheap. If you have a budget for staging, one of the best investments you can make is hardwood flooring.

While they can be a bit costly up front, hardwood floors are low-maintenance and easy to clean, adding value to your home and appealing to the majority of buyers. Opt for hardwoods in your living room, hallways, and bedrooms, and go for ceramic tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. 

Add Plants

A simple way to add life to your home and make it feel more inviting is through plants. They make the space feel fresh and alive while adding color and texture to the overall design. Plants are also a relatively inexpensive way to add a bit of style without it being too overly personal. Some plants are even great for purifying the air. Strategically place plants around your home on end tables, bookshelves, or in corners of the room.

Curb Appeal

While the interior of your home is incredibly important when it comes to selling your home, the exterior is a potential buyer’s first impression and can even impact whether or not they want to view the inside of the home. That’s why curb appeal is vital, and the outside of your home is in tip-top shape.

Keep the lawn tidy, add perennials to your landscaping, trim bushes and shrubs, and give the leans exterior of your house a good clean and a fresh coat of paint if necessary. It’s even helpful to show buyers they can maximize their living space by creating an inviting outdoor area in your backyard or on a patio.

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