Real Estate Tips: Staging Your Home

When preparing to sell your home, staging is an important part of the selling process. When you stage your home to attract buyers, you have a better chance of making a sale more quickly. The following tips can help you enhance your home so you have the best chance to get your asking price quickly.Remove Personal ItemsAlthough your home belongs to you, you should begin the staging process by removing your personal items from your setting. According to Elizabeth Weintraub, a writer and 30-year veteran of the Real Estate industry, personal artifacts can be distracting for potential buyers. By removing personal belongings, the buyer can imagine and visualize his or her own belongings in the space. (1)Remove ItemsIf you love your dining room chandelier or other items like draperies and lighting fixtures, it’s a good idea to pack them up and replace them before buyers have a chance to see them. Of course, if you take down a ceiling fan, be sure to replace it with a fixture so you don’t leave any gaping holes in the ceiling.Consider Curb AppealYour front yard can create a lasting impression for potential homebuyers. If you want that impression to be a positive one, you’ll need to make sure that your home’s curb appeal is at its best. Trim unkempt shrubs and trees and strive to make your landscape appear as neat as possible. A fresh coat of paint for railings and shutters will also enhance exterior of your home.Rid Your Home of ClutterThe more clutter you get rid of, the better your home will appear. Additionally, if you get rid of all your clutter before you move, you won’t have to take it with you to your new home. Because buyers will want to see all aspects of your home, you’ll need to remove clutter from all corners of your house. The most efficient way to accomplish this is through a junk hauling service. If possible look for a company that specializes in home staging preparation. Some businesses offer services complementary to trash/junk removal, like weeding and tree trimming. (2)Fresh PaintOnce you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, it will be easier for you to paint. If you don’t already have neutral paint on your walls, it’s a good idea to repaint your walls in a shade of cream or white. Other shades can be off-putting to house shoppers who may very well detest that shade of orange you think is so trendy.Furniture ArrangementBe sure to stage your furniture so that it is arranged in a pleasing manner. Be sure that it is easy for visitors to move around so that they can easily traverse your space. You may have to remove a piece or two in order to accomplish a more open floor plan, but it’s worth the effort.With these tips in mind, you can successfully stage your home for potential buyers. The more effort you put into this aspect of your sale, the more likely you are to make one in a short amount of time.Sources1. Elizabeth Weintraub, “How to Prepare Your House for Sale” About.com, http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/ht/homeprep.htm2. Fast Haul, “Junk Removal Services” Fasthaul.com, http://www.fasthaul.com/junk-removal-services.html