You only have one chance to make a first impression. That’s particularly true for home sellers: Studies show that most buyers form a strong opinion of a property within seconds of seeing it. If you want your listing to sell, then, you’ve got to make sure buyers are seeing it at its very best. That means staging it.
What do we mean when we talk about staging a house? It’s really a catch-all term to describe all the different things you might do to ensure your property looks clean, well-maintained, and appealing. It encompasses everything from your curb appeal to your internal décor.
When you work with a listing agent—and that includes the Ryan Minges Real Estate team—your agent can instruct you in the best ways to stage your home. In the meantime, here are 10 tricks of the trade that can help you get a jump start on your home staging.
10 Steps to Improve Your Staging
1. Minimize clutter. Whether it’s children’s toys or little knick-knacks you keep on your shelves, anything that makes your house seem untidy needs to be stored or sold. Remember that while little ornaments and decorations may have sentimental value to you, to others they may just look like clutter.
2. Thin your closets. Anything in your closets that you can get rid of, you should get rid of. (That doesn’t necessarily mean throwing things away; it may just mean storing them elsewhere.) What you want to do is make your closets look as spacious and as roomy as possible, and that means thinning out whatever’s inside them.
3. Update the paint. If you have rooms where the paint job is especially old, faded, or chipped, it really is worth the effort and the expense to paint them. Many staging experts say that this is the single best way you can make your listing look more appealing.
4. Weed out personal photos. This is an issue on which agents and staging experts are divided. You want your home to feel, well, homey, but you also want to make it easy for buyers to picture themselves living there. You can keep a few personal photos, especially ones in nice frames, but make sure they aren’t overwhelming.
5. Don’t do anything contrived. A table that looks all set for a feast, a breakfast tray set out at the foot of the bed—these staged set pieces generally just come across as fake. No need to spend effort on these contrivances.
6. Get new towels and linens. Nice, new, clean towels and linens make your home redolent of luxury and comfort—and you can get them fairly inexpensively, too.
7. Knock out little fixes. Doors that squeak, stairs that creep, loose nails on your back deck—these are all tiny little repairs that you can make pretty easily, and they’ll go a long way toward making the house feel newer and better-maintained.
8. Keep up with the yard work. One of the most basic ways to enhance curb appeal? Just make sure you stay on top of the mowing, weed eating, and other lawn/garden basics. Again, your goal is simply to make the home feel like it’s being well taken care of.
9. Take out some furniture. You don’t necessarily want your home to look vacant, but you do want to look spacious—so getting rid of some furniture, especially larger pieces, can really go a long way.
10. Clear countertops. Finally, a small yet significant thing you can do to improve staging is just to clear off tables and countertops each morning, and leave them as uncluttered as you can for any showings you may have over the course of the day.
With these tips, you can feel confident that your listing presents well—but of course, that’s really just the beginning. To learn more about selling your home in Charlotte, reach out to the North Carolina real estate pros at Ryan Minges Real Estate today!