Listed below are a few helpful tips to consider as you stage your home for a sale.
1. Get rid of all that clutter.
Having too much furniture can contribute to a cluttered look. Once you’ve scaled back on some of your belongings, you’ll notice the rooms appear much larger!
2. Group your furniture together.
Contrary to popular belief, rooms look smaller when furniture is pushed up against the wall. Pull the sofa and chairs out, and place them in conversational groups. This allows smooth traffic flow and makes the room appear larger.
3. Transform your rooms.
Transforming is especially important for those rooms that serve no real purpose. Create something that will add value to your home. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be as simple as throwing down a comfy rug and adding pillows to create a yoga room or adding a small table and chair by a window to create a reading nook. Get creative!
4. Light it up.
Most of our homes are not lit properly. Aim to keep light of at least 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Also, display more than one or two fixtures in each room. You will need three different types of lighting throughout the house: ambient lighting for general or overhead, task lighting for underneath cabinets or for reading, and accent lighting for tables and walls.
5. Keep things neutral.
Bright, bold colors tend to scare away potential offers. Repaint off-white walls a warm and inviting neutral hue. Neutral colors help tone down any outdated finishes.
6. Experiment with color.
This sounds contradictory to the last tip but it’s okay to go bolder (or more specifically, darker) in the bedroom. Darker colors make bedrooms seem more cozy and intimate. If you tend to be afraid of bolder colors, try painting only an accent wall instead.
Accessories can add charm to a room. They look best in groups of odd numbers like three and displayed in a triangular formation, rather than lined up. Be sure to vary height and width and keep larger or taller items at the back.
8. Keep things serene.
Create a peaceful and calming bedroom by keeping luxurious linens in soft colors on the bed. It’s best to clean out the closet, as well. Buyers love homes with a lot of storage space, and the less you have in your closet, the more storage it appears you have.
9. Finish all projects.
Unfinished projects could scare off potential buyers. It’s cheaper to fix the crack in the sidewalk or the missing floorboard than to deduct money from the asking price if a potential buyer requests it.
10. Prim and polish.
Put out items like rolled up towels, candles, and baskets in bathrooms. It’s a cheap and easy way to create a polished look that will create a spa-like atmosphere.