When putting a home on the market, it is essential to do everything possible to grab the attention of potential buyers. This is particularly true in a buyer's market, as the market is more saturated with options for buyers who are looking for a great home at a good price. One way to ensure your home is viewed favorably by potential buyers is to take stage your home to sell.
Proper staging techniques are typically applicable in any local real estate market. Proper staging techniques will help you sell a home in Austin just as well as it will help you sell a property in Atlanta. However, staging techniques may vary based on property type. A condo seller will not need to worry about landscaping, while someone selling a single family residence will.
In the simplest terms, staging a home to sell involves doing more than just cleaning it up and making repairs. Rather, staging a home involves adding those extra touches that make a home warm, inviting and welcoming. Staging also involves taking the necessary steps to help the potential buyer envision him or herself living in the home. The following are 5 simple staging tips that should be implemented before showing any home to potential buyers.
Tip #1: Remove Personal Mementos
Perhaps the most important staging step a seller can take is to remove mementos and other personal items. While personal items such as souvenirs and family photos may be the things that transform your house into a home, their presence also makes it difficult for potential buyers to imagine anyone other than you living in the home. So, if you plan to continue living in the home while it is on the market, pack these personal items away until after your move.
Tip #2: Let There be Light
No one wants to live in a dark and dreary home, so take steps to ensure the home is well-lit when potential buyers are in it. If weather permits, open up the shades and the windows to let in natural light and air. In addition, turn on all of the lights to make certain each room is well lit.
Tip #3: Smells Like Home
The things we smell have a tendency to stick with us. In fact, certain smells often take people back to certain times and situations. Help invoke or create pleasant thoughts by making your home smell good when potential buyers come for a viewing. Baking chocolate chip cookies or lighting an apple pie-scented candles are two good ways to do this.
Tip #4: Liven Things Up
Adding flowers is a good way to add color as you liven things up. Weather permitting, place potted flowers outside by the entryway. Regardless of the weather, place a vase full of flowers on the kitchen table and at other places throughout the house is sure to create a more inviting feeling in your home.
Tip #5: Space to Breathe
Removing clutter is another essential part of staging a home, but this involves more than just removing knickknacks and other unnecessary items. Rather, take a closer look at your furniture and make certain there is plenty of space to move around in each room. If not, consider removing some furniture in order to create a more open, airy and inviting atmosphere.
About the Author:
Eric Bramlett is the broker and co-owner of One Source Realty, a boutique brokerage in Austin, Texas. Eric specializes in central & west Austin, as well as Steiner Ranch real estate.