Decluttering usually is the first step when it comes to making a great first impression on someone who is interested in purchasing your home. But, going a step further, here are four staging tips that are so simple that they may not have even crossed your mind.
1. Decorate for the potential buyer
If you’re in a starter-home neighborhood, the buyer likely will be a younger individual or couple who is looking for more space after living in a smaller apartment. Pick some trendy paint colors, such as lilac gray or muted pastels, and keep the decor minimal and modern.
Forget about decorating a kid’s bedroom and opt instead for an office layout in the second bedroom. If you’re looking to downsize from a four-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac, you’re probably going to attract the family crowd. Emphasize your space by decorating according to their needs. Have a finished basement? Add a recreational feel with some movie theater loungers, or convert it into a game room. Consider your neighborhood as well.
If you’re within walking distance to a dog park, for instance, you may find that your buyer has a four-legged friend. If your home is near a top-rated school, that’s also an indicator that children may come with the next owners of your home.
2. Use resources
Rent a storage unit so you don’t have to worry about hiding your must-keep items. That means these things already will be neatly packed away and ready for your new home, and they won’t get in the way of a potential buyer. And hire a cleaning company.
You can find some relatively affordable options, and this will help you stay stress-free throughout the process. Once everything is clean, all you have to worry about is keeping it that way.
3. Focus on the small accessories
Tour your home with a set of fresh eyes. Look for things that stand out as grungy, old and just a complete turn-off. That could be anything from a sticky, splattered garbage bin that needs a good cleaning to a shower curtain with a dense layer of soap scum. Replace any small accessories that won’t cost you a fortune, and clean anything that can look like new with some TLC.
4. Use your nose
Tour your home again, and this time focus on what you smell. Even better: Ask a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you or isn’t over all of the time to do this for you.
Identify the sources of odor in your home and come up with a solution, because the last thing you want is for a buyer to visit and quickly be hit by an unpleasant smell.
Some things you can do to ensure your home is a breath of fresh air include opening the windows and letting your home air out for an hour or two; lighting some candles to freshen up the rooms; and baking a cake or some cookies right before a potential buyer takes a tour.