As an active realtor I have found one thing to be accurate across most real estate transactions- staging is everything. Everybody says, "selling your house is stressful", and that's true, but there are things you can do as a seller to mitigate some of the stress- staging. Making sure your home is tidy and clean before open houses and showings is just the beginning. Here are a few tips for staging rooms in such a way that communicates to buyers, "this house is the house for you":
- Make sure your furniture isn't overpowering the room; rearrange larger pieces if they are impeding doorways or making it difficult to navigate the space.
- Have all window treatments open to allow maximum natural light to enter each room (this goes for hallway windows as well).
- Take down valances in the kitchen or bathrooms as they can filter natural light and make the space look cluttered even when it's not. Tip: kitchens and bathrooms sell themselves- don't feel pressured to have a lot of extra bells and whistles in these rooms.
- Organize closets accordingly, if there are items you can live without consider donating them before listing your house. Any loose items can be placed in bins or baskets. Storage is important to most buyers and whether they are looking for more space than their current home allows or they're downsizing, you want them to see your home's closets and storage spaces as roomy, orderly, and easy to maintain.
- Dress each room for its intended purpose: even if your dining room moonlights as a play area or office (I'm drawing from personal experience on this one- I'm typing this blog in the very seat I enjoyed my last meal), it should be staged as a dining room, period.
These are just a few guidelines to remember if you are considering the sale of your home- if you need help with the process contact us at Sara Rea Design. We will do the work for you by creating a detailed and customized, easy-to-follow staging report.