The Best Home Staging Tips For Homeowners

Faced with a surplus of unsold homes, many would-be sellers are scrambling to make their properties stand out in today’s distressed real estate market. While the economic climate is beyond the property owner’s control, they can greatly increase their chances of making a sale by taking advantage of an often overlooked edge in the real estate market – home staging.

The main goal of home staging is for the potential buyer to mentally move in to the house. If they can’t feel and see themselves living in the home, they are not going to buy.

Here are some tips to help homeowners better position themselves in a slow-moving market.

Wow them with the outside to get them inside. The first thing a potential buyer notices about the home is not the kitchen but the yard. There is a misconception that home staging is the inside only, but the outside needs to be staged in order to get the buyers inside. The grass needs to be cut, hedges trimmed, leaves raked, sidewalks cleaned, and the driveway needs to be power-washed. There shouldn’t be a lot of potted plants, and dead plants should be dug up.

Pretend you’re traveling. When you are traveling, you only take the necessary items, right? Clutter will make a room appear small. Clutter gobbles up equity. It is best to go through every room in the house and separate items into two categories: “stay” and “go.” Items in the “stay” category will be used to stage the room, while those in the “go” category should be stored elsewhere.
Although a decluttered room may appear bare to you, the potential buyer won’t think so. You are not selling your belongings, you are selling the space. It is difficult for buyers to visualize the space when there is so much stuff in the room. This includes decluttering the outdoor space, too.

Hard and soft surface symmetry. When staging a room it is essential to have a nice balance of hard surfaces, such as a coffee table, and soft surfaces, like an area rug. An example of poorly balanced surfaces would be a family room with an 8-foot-long down-filled sofa, a chaise lounge, and three recliners. There are several soft surfaces and not enough hard surfaces. The room is drowning in soft surfaces. The love seat and recliners should be removed, and replaced with two club chairs. If your home has hardwood floors but no rugs, it’s too hard, so you want to add some area rugs.

Use ones or threes on hard surfaces. It is best to arrange items on top of hard surfaces in ones or threes. For example, place a lamp, a plant and a book on top of a hard surface, like an end table. Group the three items closely together in a triangle shape. Imagine a triangle on top of the hard surface and place one item at each point, and for smaller hard surfaces a single item will suffice.

View the room from the doorway. Potential buyers form their first impression of each room in the home from the doorway, you should use that viewpoint to evaluate the staged work. So if you are staging the home yourself make changes and go back to the doorway. Make some more changes and go back to the doorway again. That way, you will be looking at the room through the eyes of the buyer, and that will ensure that each room appeals to buyers.

Make your place “white glove clean.” A properly staged home should be immaculate -”white glove clean.” That means removing dead flies out of the windowsills, and cleaning around the bottom of your toilets (where the base of the toilet meets the floor). The reason for having the house spotless is more than just making it presentable. If the home is sloppy, the potential buyer will question what other – less visible issues may come with the property. They will say, “Whew, if they live like this, what else don’t they take care of that I can’t see?”