The Real Estate Staging Association reports that homes that were not staged before listing took an average of 143 days to sell. Homes that were staged ahead of listing sold in an average of 23 days.
And the homes that weren’t staged ahead of time sold in an average of 40 days once they were staged.
There’s clearly an advantage to staging your home to sell. Let’s look at 3 important tips about how to stage your home.
1. Focus On the Most Important Rooms
While you shouldn’t sell your property as is if you can avoid it, you also don’t need to stage every square inch of your home. Instead, focus on the rooms that buyers are going to be most interested in:
- Living room
- Master bedroom
Rooms like guest bedrooms, children’s bedrooms, and bathrooms should be neat and tidy but you don’t need to spend as much time getting them prepared for viewing as the above three. Those are the ones that will make or break the deal for most buyers.
2. De-Personalize Your Home
Potential buyers viewing your home should be able to imagine themselves living in it. Family pictures, personalized decor, and other things that are meaningful to you but not necessarily to anyone else make it harder for them to imagine it as home.
Put away those pictures, take down any specialized decor items, and make your home as generic as possible while still looking lived-in. Decorate with neutral tones and avoid anything that could be polarizing to a potential buyer.
Let them picture what they would put in each room so they start to see it as home.
3. Make Space for Buyers
Along similar lines to the last tip for staging your home, rearrange things so potential buyers have plenty of space to move around and through your home. Move your furniture around to create plenty of open space, especially in the living room.
Once again, this lets potential buyers picture their own furniture in the room, laid out the way they would like.
It should go without saying but this also includes getting rid of clutter. There shouldn’t be piles of magazines, mail laying on the counter, or anything else that takes buyers’ attention away from the house itself.
Be ruthless about not setting things down in your normal collection spots and rent a storage unit if you need space. Do whatever you have to do to get rid of anything that doesn’t add to the appeal of your home.
Staging Your Home to Sell is Worth the Time and Effort
Staging your home to sell takes time and effort (or money if you hire a professional staging service) but it’s one of the most effective tips for selling your house faster and for a higher price. Don’t cut corners on this job.
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