1. Let There Be Light!
Staging is all about making sure your home is seen in the best light – both metaphorically and literally.
New lightbulbs are a small investment that can make a big difference. Check the wattage of your lightbulbs and make sure all lights are on in your home before showings.
Take advantage of as much natural light as possible by drawing back your curtains and move any furniture or art that blocks the sun’s rays from pouring in those windows.
2. Finally Get Around to those House Chores
A messy home is not only an aesthetic no-no but will raise concerns for potential buyers about the upkeep of the property.
While a fresh coat of paint is preferably, at minimum, make sure all scuff marks are removed with one of my favorite tools - the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Get out your screwdriver and shore up all of your homes fixtures. That creaky stair or loose door knob may seem like a minor inconvenience to you but will be a big red flag for buyers.
3. Start the Move Out Process Now
Even if you are going to live in the property while it is on the market, you should start removing items now. After all, you are staging your home so that it will move quickly off the market. You might as well get a head start on packing up your home!
In turn your property will become more airy and well suited for showings. You may have wanted enough seating for all your family and friends - but too many pieces can make rooms feel confined and will diminish a room’s size in the mind of buyers.
Make sure there is plenty of room for open house visitors to move about. Any furniture that blocks the flow from room to room during home tours has to go!
*Pay attention to the outdoors as well - in particular, make sure nothing is obscuring the home’s architectural features.
4. Look at the House as a Property not Your Home
This may sound cold but it is crucial if you want to present the property at its best. Having lived in your home for years you have a lot of inset bias as to what rooms should be used for or how they should be set up. Bring in a fresh pair of eyes to help you assess the property from a new perspective – such as a home stager (cough, cough).
After you have objectively evaluated every room, you can begin the work of showcasing the home’s best features and its true potential.