On average, a staged home sells 88 percent faster – and for 20 percent more – than a home that’s not, according to acclaimed professional stager Meridith Baer. Smart staging makes a major impact and creates an environment that leaves room for potential buyers to envision their own sense of style.
Reports from the National Association of Realtors state that homebuyers make their decision in the first 90 seconds of seeing a house. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced real estate agent and even a professional stager to prepare your home to appeal to the broadest number of people and bring the highest dollar.
So how do you make the maximum impact in that first minute and a half? Consider these tips:
Tour your home: Survey your home as if you were a potential buyer. Pay attention to where your focus is drawn; then pinpoint the best assets of each room. Highlight those assets – windows, tall ceilings, or a gracious fireplace.
Listed by Shell Stegall
Neutral paint color: You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by loud design elements or wall colors. Neutral colors make a room look light and bright.
Listed by Michelle Wood
Remove personal items: For potential buyers, it’s important to show the “bones” of the home. This requires removing any emotional attachment. Clutter makes a room look small. Open spaces provide room for a new vision.
Listed by Jackie Mcguire
Spruce up your curb appeal: Trim the lawn, weed and prune. Your outdoor space is the first thing your potential buyers see, so it’s imperative to make the perfect first impression.
Listed by Allison Hayden
Streamline your furniture: Make sure not to confine traffic flow when staging your furniture. Encourage imagination by removing extraneous pieces that don’t support the overall design.
Listed by Jeff Watson
Do a thorough cleaning and neutralize odors: Clean carpets and sparkling windows are a must. Ask your agent or friend to perform a “nose check” – it’s likely you’re accustomed to smells of your home.
Listed by John Zimmerman
Don’t overlook repairs: Make sure that doors don’t stick, fixtures have light bulbs and cabinet hardware is secure. You want potential buyers to recognize that your home has been lovingly cared for.
Listed by Amy Detwiler
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