Deciding to put your home on the market is just the first of several steps to selling. Once you've found a real estate agent to help you through the process and have decided on the price you will list it for, it's time to get those buyers in! Many people have no idea where to start when it comes to home organization and decorating, but it's a necessary step to take to ensure your home is looking its best. Check out our tips for effectively staging your home below:
Remove personal items and valuables. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space, and that can be difficult when they're looking at someone else's family photos. There will be many different people coming in and out, so it's best to just remove those items, along with anything you would miss if it got stolen or broken.
Thoroughly clean. It's time to scrub the bathrooms and kitchen, dust every surface you can think of, and generally make your home look the cleanest it's ever been. Make sure to keep it up as long as your home is on the market, and don't allow the home to become messy or cluttered.
Give a great first impression. The first thing potential buyers are going to see isn't even the interior of the house - it's your front yard! Make sure any decks or patios are de-cluttered and clean, plants are watered and vibrant, and the landscaping is in good condition. Consider a fresh coat of paint for the front door to really make it pop.
Rearrange and accessorize. Just because you can fit a lot of furniture in a room, it doesn't mean you should. Arrange the furniture in a way that allows buyers to walk easily through the home and makes the room look as spacious as possible. Don't be afraid to add accessories where appropriate - a perfectly placed vase of flowers can make a room stand out!
Hire a professional. When all else fails, it's time to bring the pros in! Professional stagers will typically charge by the scope of the work, so consider whether or not this is in your budget. Maybe you can afford to stage just a few rooms that really need it. Your real estate agent should be able to refer you to someone in their network who can help you make your home look ready for showing and photography.