Deciding to put your home on the market is a tough choice – it’s become yours throughout the years, and it’s hard to let that go. A crucial part of home staging is removing personal items and memorabilia from your home, so potential homebuyers can truly envision themselves in the space. The less things there are to distract potential buyers, the more likely they are to focus on what the home has to offer.
Before putting your home on the market and inviting buyers into your space, it’s essential that you remove personal collections, sports memorabilia, family photos, and other personal knick-knacks. It may be hard, but many home staging professionals recommend putting these items directly into storage – that way you don’t have to hide boxes of items throughout your home and, once your home sells, you’ll already have the first stage of packing completed.
By removing personal items such as photos and academic degrees, it’s easier for homebuyers to evaluate how their own furniture and personal style will mesh with the home. Ensure all trashcans are empty and the toilet lids are down. Remove all clutter from countertops and consider using mild air fresheners throughout your home, especially near pet areas and bathrooms. By depersonalizing your home and appealing to a wide range of prospective buyers, you can increase your likelihood of receiving an offer and help decrease the amount of time your home is on the market.
Bathrooms and kitchens influence potential buyers the most, so ensuring these spaces are clean is crucial. Use paper plates, cups and utensils to cut back on dirty dishes the day of an open house, and remove half the clothes from the closets in case potential buyers take a peek inside. If you have time to prepare for an open house, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned, replace burnt out light bulbs, lubricate squeaky doors, and trim outside bushes to enhance curb appeal.
Highlight Your Home’s Features
An important part of selling a home is displaying what sets your home apart from the rest. If your home has a fireplace, arrange the furniture to make it a focal point. In small spaces, use a mirror to reflect light and make the space appear larger. If your home has a pool or spa, be sure the realtor shows these assets off to potential buyers.
Though depersonalizing may seem like a lot to take on, it doesn’t have to be if it’s done correctly. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there’s no time like the present to begin your home staging adventure. Visit our Pinterest board for visual examples of home staging done well. Happy home staging!