Sellers hear about the necessity to get creative to attract potential buyers to their homes. Suggestions may include filling the rooms with warm and inviting scents, the perfect lighting to creating interesting features in your home.
Have you considered home staging? Home staging is about preparing your home for sale and making a wonderful impression. Also, arranging the home that appeals to most home buyers. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) home staging study showed that staging had an impact on 49 percent of buyers most of the time, while 47 percent of buyers some of the time.
Home staging can be a difficult task for many homeowners. The first thing to consider before putting your home on the market or hiring a home stager is to remove clutter and give your home a generic feel. That may sound strange, but you want the buyer to feel as though your home is also a home for them. A home they can envision adding their own personal touches.
For example, take photos off the mantle and your refrigerator. Anything that distracts the eye remove it. You want the buyer to view a room like you would a clean canvas. Less is more. Furniture in rooms or traffic patterns that detract from the look of the house also should be removed. Remove any furniture in a room that doesn't fit the function of the room in order to increase the buyer's ability to see the possibilities of the space. Get the bad smells out! Removing pet stains is a must. Buyers can see through the nice décor to the odors and worn carpet. Consider painting walls with neutral colors and replace worn carpet.
And we don’t want to forget about the garage. It's part of your home too. To get your garage clean and in order you'll want to sweep, remove any oil stains on the floor, break out the magic eraser sponges and get rid of all the dirty smudges and marks on walls and doors. If you have an electric garage door, inspect to make sure it's working properly. In addition, repair any lighting and if you have windows in your garage, clean them.
If you decide you want to hire a home stager, REALTORS® representing both the buyer and seller agreed on which rooms should be staged. NAR members ranked the living room as the number one room to stage, followed by the kitchen, master bedroom, dining room and the bathroom.
Some homeowners may feel it's not necessary to home stage, and that is a personal preference. There are homes that haven't been staged and move quickly because of the location or a family that would like to live in a particular school district. At the end of the day, you want to have your home in "selling" condition.