In real estate sales, knowing how to sell your home is paramount. Any Realtor worth her salt is going to tell you to stage your home. Staging your home to sell isn’t optional, it’s necessary to sell it. If all you want to do is list it, don’t bother making any effort. If you want to sell, your home should be clean, decluttered and depersonalized… in other words, staged!
Cleaning your home and decluttering it can be done at the same time. In fact, decluttering will probably show you areas of your home that need a good scrubbing or fixing. The cleaning should be a deep, floor to ceiling and everything in between cleaning. Under furniture, in closets, behind doors. Buyers look everywhere. Steam clean carpets, wax and buff hard woods and make every surface gleam so bright, Mr. Clean will need sunglasses!
Walk though the house and look for chipped paint, nail holes and other defects that make rooms look shabby. Fix them with some spackle and touch up the paint. If the paint doesn’t match, repaint. This is especially true if your walls are dark or bright colors. Neutral is better. Re-glue any peeling wallpaper. Make sure cupboards open and shut, that their doors are level and match and that no faucets are dripping.
Go from room to room and declutter, declutter, declutter. Pull down and put away personal items. Put essential and keepsake items in storage and donate the rest. Thin out the amount of furniture so your rooms look spacious. You’re going to move anyway, so start the packing process early.
Leave only what you will need to live for the 30 or so days that it should take to sell your home. That means those family photos come down. If they were on walls, find a nice non-descript painting or wall hanging to take it’s place, but remember, less is more. Bedrooms and baths should get new linens. Find bedding that looks modern and minimal. In real estate sales the aim is to make your home someone else’s, so make it easy for them to picture THEIR things in it, not yours.
Don’t list it, sell it and to do it, stage it!
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