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Tip for Staging Your Home to Sell

Tip for Staging Your Home to Sell

It’s time to move and that also means it’s time to sell your home. The home you have been living in and making memories in likely has yielded you many happy times. Although the prospect of moving is exciting, selling your old house can be stressful and emotional. On top of that, you likely will have to make some last minute changes in your home in order to stage it for a better chance of selling. Making your home appeal to a wide variety of buyers is the goal with staging your home to sell. Here are some ideas and examples of the changes you can make to ensure that your home has a wider appeal.

Remove Your Personal Items from View: Buyers that tour your home have to be able to see themselves in your house. If your personal pictures and personal décor items are all over, it will make it hard for potential buyers to envision themselves living there. It can be emotionally hard to accomplish this task, but at the same time, putting your belongings in storage is one more step towards your new life in your new home.

Remove Clutter from Your Home:

Before - After

Photo Credits: HGTV.com

Removing the clutter from your home is not only going to help your home be more appealing to buyers, but it will get you on the road to packing up your belongings and preparing to move yourself. We all naturally accumulate a lot in our homes. In order to make your home move appealing to buyers, you have to remove the extra decorations and items that fill up each room. Buyers have to be able to see themselves in the house and if it is too crowded, it makes it harder and can actually make them feel uncomfortable.

Change the Design and do a Paint Makeover:

Before - After 2

Photo Credits: HGTV.com

Neutral colours and simple designs appeal to more buyers. You can increase the chances of your sale if you take the time to re-paint over a bright or unique colour and redesign your rooms with less furniture in them. It’s hard to imagine since it’s your home, but simple things can turn off buyers.

Upgrade Appliances and Fix Problem Areas: One of the most challenging things to do when getting ready to move is to take the time and spend the money to fix things that are in need of repair and upgrading appliances. You will get back whatever investment you put into repairs and upgrades. If you have holes, rips, or chips, fixing them will go a long way towards getting the house sold. Upgrading appliances or furniture might be necessary if you have had your home and the market and buyers have toured the home but there haven’t been any offers. It might be very difficult, emotionally to fix up your house when you are just planning on leaving but think how much more of an increase in selling price you can ask for. It can be 2 to 3 times the investment price.

Curb Appeal: First impressions go a long way towards making that sale. Make sure the front of your house and your front yard are as appealing as the inside. This investment will help change buyers’ minds before they even step inside your home.

Backyard Makeover: The front yard makes the first impression, often times during a showing; the back yard makes the last impression. The last impression can also be important because it can be the last thing they see and can leave a positive and lasting impression. If you are not up for an entire backyard makeover, just cleaning it up and making sure that it doesn’t look like there are any unfinished projects in the backyard.

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