Do you plan on selling your home in the near future? If so, you should focus on "staging" it now to reap a higher selling price. Staging refers to the process of preparing a home so it's more appealing to potential buyers. This allows current homeowners to sell their homes more quickly, and for more money. Check out the following tips for an effective staging strategy.
Clean the Curb
When you're busy improving the interior of your home for potential buyers, it's easy to overlook the exterior. But the exterior is equally as important as the interior, and failure to create a clean and inviting exterior will hurt your efforts to sell the house. So, spend a little time improving the curb appeal of your home by mowing the lawn, trimming the edges, raking the leaves, and pressure-washing your home's siding. These are simple tasks that most homeowners can complete themselves, without the need for a professional contractor.
Paint the Front Door
What's the first thing a potential buyer sees upon approaching your home? Yep, it's the front door. Because of this, it's important for sellers to improve the aesthetics of the front door -- a task that's easily accomplished by adding a fresh coat of paint. Over time, front doors tend to lose their luster, making them less appealing to potential buyers. You can revitalize the appearance of your home's front door, however, by adding a fresh coat of paint. Even if it's the same color, a new coat will make it brighter and more colorful; thereby, increasing your chances of selling the home.
Clean the Clutter
The golden rule of home staging 101 is to clean and remove the clutter. A cluttered home isn't exactly appealing to potential buyers, nor will it help you sell your home. So, go through your home and clean any and all clutter. Only then can you expect people to show interest in buying your home.
Don't Box Your Belongings
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when attempting to sell their home is boxing their belongings. This may seem harmless enough, but it can have a significant impact on how potential buyers perceive your home. When boxes are piled up in the corner, the home doesn't exact look (or feel) "lived in." Rather, it looks like a storage facility, which can discourage people from buying your home. If you're going to box up your belongings, keep the boxes away from home, and be sure to leave the furniture in place.