Your home is most likely one of your largest assets, so you certainly want to take the necessary steps to get the highest price possible for it when you list it on the market. Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers. While there are dozens of staging ideas and tips that you may use to effectively showcase your home, these are a few that are affordable and simple for most homeowners to complete.
If your home is like most, there are probably rooms that have multiple uses. For example, you may have a section of the living room designated as a kids’ play area or a work desk in your master bedroom. While this may be functional for your family’s everyday life, it can sometimes confuse buyers. Buyers need to be able to walk into a room in your home and imagine their own family making use of the space. Confusing the use of a given room takes away from this potential for imagination. In addition, it also can make a room look more cramped and smaller than it actually is.
De-Clutter Your Home
In addition to dedicating each room to a single purpose, you should also de-clutter your rooms. Getting rid of clutter can be a major undertaking, depending how long you’ve lived in your current home and how significant your spring cleaning sessions have been. As a rule of thumb, items that have not been used in over six months should be thrown out, recycled, or donated. Seasonal items, such as pool toys, winter coats, or holiday décor, are the major exception. Remember that potential buyers may open drawers, closets, and cabinets, so your cleaning session should be a detailed overhaul rather than superficial.
Pack Away Your Personal Belongings
To stage your home effectively, the final step is to pack away your personal belongings. Everything from family photos over the mantel to religious symbols like crosses should be packed in boxes. Your goal is to make your home look like any family from any background could live there. The only things that should remain are decorative items with a universal or broad appeal.
When a home is well staged, it might feel as though your home is not your own or like you’re just camping out in someone else’s space. Keep in mind, however, that staging can help you to sell your home as quickly as possible and to get the highest bid available. Therefore, your effort is well worthwhile.