Attention home sellers ! Please read all six posts in this series by Kathy Streib .
Preparing Your House for Sale- NOW It’s Time to Stage! Part 6
This has been a series on Preparing Your House for Sale. The first 5 posts brought you to where you are now, and that’s the fun part!!!
Many people think that Staging is just moving some pieces around, but all of the previous posts involved what staging really is, and that is doing what you can (painting, cleaning, repairing, updating, etc) to make sure that your property is seen in the best light.
Now you’re ready to do what many think of as Staging!
You’ll want to remember these staging principles…
Buyers are there to see your SPACE, not your things.
Don’t make their eyes do the eye-bounce when they enter a room. Accessories are there to enhance not take over your space.
Check your traffic patterns.
You’ll want your buyers to be able to walk through a room and from one room to the other without feeling like they’re in a maze. Having to crawl over or around furniture never makes for a good showing.
Find each room’s focal point!
Stand at the doorway to each room and SEE what your buyers will see.
Let their eyes settle on one thing that draws them into the room.
If you’re in Florida, then make sure that their eyes are drawn to our outdoors! If it’s an office make sure they’re not looking at a desk piled with stacks of paper.
Show the purpose or possibilities of each room!
If your dining room has been functioning as an office, turn it back into a dining room EVEN if we keep saying that no one cares about a dining room anymore. Or if you turned your office into a nursery, time to turn it back into an office!
If your target market may be empty nesters and you don’t have a dedicated office, you can take your “put it in there for now” room and stage it as an office.
Shed some light…
If your bedrooms have only an overhead light then you need to invest in some lamps. Check every room for this.
Even in sunny South Florida there are overcast days. But dark and dreary rooms don’t do much to set the mood.
And...if you have screens on your windows, you can remove them to let in more light.
Edit your countertops and shelves.
Remember that just because it’s flat doesn’t mean you have to put something on it.
Grouping a few items in 3’s is less distracting than having everything lined up like little tin soldiers on a shelf.
Hide/file financial papers and prescription medicine. Pack up diplomas, certificates, anything with your child’s name on it, and hoards of family photos.
Add some living things
A large bowl of fresh apples or lemons, an orchid in the bathroom and a tall green ficus in the corner can bring a room to life!
And for fun...add some POP!
Perfectly staged neutral homes can be either boring or intimidating...they’ll either not elicit any emotion or make a buyer feel like they have to tiptoe through the house and leave quickly.
Styling your home so that buyers can see its value and all the possibilities it has to offer is what staging is about.
Need more guidance? Call me for your personalized Home Staging Consultation.
This is the sixth post in a series Preparing Your House for Sale.
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Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others in my post and comments is not to be construed to be legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.