The competition is fierce in today’s real estate market, meaning that to successfully sell your home you must recognize the role home staging places in marking your real estate. Below are 10 tips to help you create a competitive home staging plan of action.
Tip #1 Check Out Other Homes In Your Market
Before you begin planning, you need to see what you are up against. In order to do this attend a few open houses for similar homes in your area playing close attention to:
The overall condition of the property.
How move-in ready each home is.
The primary features each home owner highlights.
Areas where their home staging lacks, in which you can improve.
Tip #2 Create A Room-By-Room Checklist
Once you have a good idea of what your local competition looks like, it is time to create a solid plan of action. You can do this by creating a checklist for all repairs and maintenance that need to be performed in each area of your home. Also, add the furniture and wall coverings you would like to invest in for each area—and don’t forget your garage, exterior features when creating you plan of action.
Tip #3 Seek Out A Professional
Whether you turn to a professional stager or your real estate agent, it is important to seek out professional guidance to ensure that your home staging tactics are in line with the goals of your real estate team.
Tip #4 Clear The Clutter
Clearing the clutter is a must in order to sell your home. Buyers prefer homes that are a fairly clean slate in which they can easily identify ways to make it their own. If they are too distracted from your excess, it will limit their creativity.
Tip #5 Depersonalize
As difficult as it may be to do, depersonalizing your home during the home staging process is vital. Remember that your goal of staging is to create a home potential buyers can imagine as their own—not yours.
Tip #6 Minimize Décor And Countertop Appliances
Only a minimal amount of home and kitchen accents should be present once you have performed your home staging. Stick to the basics such as a vase of flowers, a decorative bowl, or a countertop coffee maker.
Tip #7 Deep Clean
Even if you keep your home clean, home staging will require your home to be deep cleaned. This could include shampooing your carpets, refinishing your wood floors, and detail cleaning your home from wall to ceiling.
Tip #8 Don’t Forget The Details
It is easy to focus on the large projects that need to be complete—however, it can be the small things that really make the most impact. Pay special attention to things such as baseboards, trim, locks, doors, and outdoor accents to ensure they look crisp and clean, and that they are operating properly.
Tip #9 Get An Honest Opinion
Once you have completed your home staging, it is time to do a walk-through and get an honest opinion from your real estate agent. Remember not to take any feedback personally, as your realtor wants you to sell your home just as much as you do.
Tip #10 Ensure Your Photos Are Picture Perfect
Most house hunters will be searching for their new home on the Internet via their computer or mobile devices. Even the most detailed home staging plan will fall short if the pictures are not shot well. Before your listing goes live, ensure you are pleased with the images of your home.
By focusing on the home staging tips above you can ensure your home is ready when it is place on the market!