Today I am sharing my 10 simple home staging tips to sell your house fast! As a real estate agent and house flipper, I absolutely LOVE this part of selling a home! With these tips, I know you will maximize the value of our home and stand out from the competition.
1. Know Your Home Buyer
When staging your home, know the buyers that are most likely to purchase your home. With our first and second houses, we were in trendier neighborhoods that appealed to young professionals and couples that were beginning to start their families.
We made sure to highlight entertainment spaces as well as kid-friendly areas to appeal to our most likely buyers. With our third home, our largest buyer pool was a more established family that was looking for more space. We highlighted the three bedrooms on one floor and the great living space for both adults and kids.
2. Add Curb Appeal
I would argue that curb appeal is the most important area to stage because it is the buyers’ first impression of your home. You don’t want a buyer to lose interest at the curb and move on to the next house if it looks terrible. Think about the first time you laid eyes on your home, what caught your eye? What did you like, what did you dislike?
With each of our homes, we have done some exterior renovations, however, we always complete these simple tasks to add to the curb appeal when preparing it for the open house.
- Manicured yard: Mow the lawn, water the grass to make it as green as possible, mulch where it is needed and clean out the flower beds.
- Play up the porch: Add seating and pillows to welcome buyers. Add a welcome mat and a door wreath for some added character. Sweep the porch and dust off any cobwebs in the corners.
- Fresh flowers: We always add fresh flowers to planters to bring some life to the front of the house.
3. Proper Lighting
Bring in all the light! Open every blind and curtain and turn on every light in each room. Buyers want a home to feel bright and airy, not dark and confined. Don’t forget to wash your windows before the open house either (this is a MUST if you have toddlers and pups with wet noses)! This will continue to welcome potential buyers into your home.
4. Create a List of Upgrades
Don’t assume that the buyer will notice your updates. Provide a list of upgrades for the buyer to see at the open house and also for your realtor to reference when he is talking up your house. In our third home, we wanted to make sure potential buyers know that the swamp cooler is brand new with added vents, the roof is new, all floors (including carpet is new), etc.
When we sold our last home I created a full “Homeowners Manual” that included everything a buyer would want to know about the home and neighborhood. This book included all upgrades, names of paint colors for each room (in case touchups were needed), schools, and amenities. I made sure to address anything that could cause concern for a buyer, like the large nursing home across the street. I highlighted that the nursing home tenants are quiet, friendly neighbors and my toddler son loved to go and visit his buddies at the “Neighborhood House”.
Pack up as much as you can in your house and put it into storage (or the garage).
Here are a few areas to focus on:
- Closet: If you have a small closet and your clothes are jammed into it, take out half of them so it looks like there is room to add more. You don’t want your buyers first thought to be that they won’t be able to fit their belongings in the bedroom closet.
- Toiletries: Hide all toothbrushes, hairbrushes and all shower toiletries when showing your home.
- Counters: Clear off all counters. I tend to keep soap and a few staging materials like flowers, fruit and a cookbook, but all appliances and piles of junk must go.
- Kids Items: It is ok to know that kids are present in the home, but store all of the big items like the high chair, bulky seats, walkers, etc.
- Personal Items: I am in favor of peppering in some personal photos, but if there are tables of picture frames displaying your memories, I would pare that down. I also recommend limiting fan memorabilia, religious and political objects.
This bathroom is clear of all toiletries and looks really clean with a crisp, white towel and plant in the shower niche.
6. Make Your Bed!
We have all seen it before, you are scrolling through a beautiful home on Zillow and then you see the bedroom! The bed is uninviting and two flat and dingy pillows are at the top of the bed. This is a turnoff for buyers! Make your bed and put some effort into making it look beautiful. Prop your pillows up with clean shams, add a few throw pillows and maybe even add a blanket to the foot of the bed.
7. Deep Clean Your House
We hire a cleaner before our open houses and make sure they do a deep clean. This includes the floors, baseboards, bathrooms and the refrigerator. With kids and dogs, this small fee is totally worth it.
An hour before the open house, open your windows and bring some fresh air into your house! Buy “expensive” candles and light them in a few rooms. Avoid air fresheners and plug-ins. You may be ok with the smell but buyers can be sensitive to the strong scent. I personally hate the smell of both.
8. Add Fresh Flowers or Colorful Fruit in the Kitchen
Creating small vignettes in each room in your home will help potential buyers to envision themselves in the space. Adding a little life into a room with flowers will make it feel more inviting.
9. Think about the Flow Of Each Room
The way we set up our homes for convenience is not always the most appealing layout for potential buyers. When it comes to home staging, we always remove furniture items and rugs to improve the flow of each room.
We have removed dressers, chairs and even swapped out big kitchen tables for smaller ones to improve the walking paths in each room.
10. Add Ambiance
The goal is for the buyers to love your house so much that they don’t want to leave. When preparing for the open house, turn on music, light gas fireplaces, sprinkle the rooms with fresh flowers and have a friendly realtor who loves to chat up each visitor.
Thanks for checking out my top home staging tips for selling your home! Now go ahead and bring in that money, honey!!