Selling a home can be a very stressful experience. There are many things that need to be taken care of to get the home ready to sell. One that’s often overlooked but extremely important is staging your home to make it more presentable. Even if all of the major issues are fixed, you may have a difficult time selling it if you don’t stage it properly. If you don’t want to hire a professional to do it for you, then consider the following ideas.
General tidiness is important for when you show your home to potential buyers. Even though they know the house will be empty when they buy it, it makes a bad impression that’s hard to shake. Before showing your home go through each room, including the garage and make sure everything is in its proper place. You may want to throw away, donate, or sell items you no longer need.
Take down all the family photos
Prospective buyers need to be able to visualize the home being theirs. That’s hard to do when there’s a reminder on every wall that this home belongs to someone else. There’s a guilty feeling that comes with family photos because they may feel they’re taking a home that belongs to another family.
Put the nonessential furniture into storage
You can make your home feel larger without adding any square footage to it by simply getting rid of a few larger pieces. Leave the sofas and beds and other necessary items but put secondary items like end tables or bookshelves into storage. You want to show off as much floor space as possible, especially if its hardwood.
Deep clean the kitchen
The kitchen is the most important room in the home for prospective buyers so you really want to make sure it shines. Deep clean every crevice until not one speck of dirt or grime remains.
Make the closets look larger
Hide away or put into storage approximately half of everything in your closets. Even though the physical dimensions of the closet won’t change, it will make it look much larger if it’s not crammed full.
Prospective buyers are least likely to be put off by light, neutral colors like eggshell, beige, or pale yellow. Darker, more vibrant colors, on the other hand, are more likely to offend plus they make the rooms appear smaller than they actually are.
Baseboard radiator covers
Old baseboard radiators give your home a dated look and can be a huge turn off to potential buyers. For very little money and effort you can install baseboard radiator covers to make them look brand new again. Finishing touches like this one ensure that prospective buyers only have good vibes as they walk through your home.