Home staging is one of the most effective ways to garner top dollar for your home for sale. By staging your home properly, you can truly help buyers imagine the fantastic life they will lead by buying your home! Regardless of whether you're selling a modest starter home or a multi-million dollar estate, buyers almost always respond better to a home that's been staged. Here are a few tips that will allow you to begin staging your home:
- Remove any excess furniture - One of the first tips when staging your home is to remove the clutter. Simply put, it becomes very difficult for buyers to focus on your home when there is an abundance of furniture blocking their view. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything that's not serving an immediate purpose. Consider renting a storage space during this time; the investment in the storage facility will most certainly be worth the cost in terms of a quick sale. Also consider having a garage sale or donating excess furniture before listing your home for sale.
- Move the furniture away from the walls - Many people, out of a sheer lack of creativity, slide all of their furniture up against the walls. For staging purposes, furniture lined up against the wall makes a room feel uninviting and quite boring. You can add drama and interest to a room by merely moving the furniture away from the walls and creating conversation areas.
- Provide plenty of room for potential buyers to walk through the rooms - Walk through the rooms of your home and pay close attention to the walking space. If you can't comfortably move throughout each room without turning to the side or banging your leg on a piece of furniture, then it's time to either rearrange the furniture or rid the room of the excess furniture.
- Arrange your furniture in such a manner as to highlight certain room features - If your home has key features, play them up by arranging the furniture to suit the feature. For example, if your family room has a beautiful fireplace, consider rearranging all of the room's furniture around it, thereby allowing your fireplace to take center stage. Some of the key features you may want to consider highlighting include: large picture windows; fireplaces and mantles; and wall units.
By de-cluttering and strategically arranging your furniture, you are well on your way to a beautifully staged home.