To improve your chances of a faster home sale at a more desirable price, try these staging tips.
1. Concentrate on Curb Appeal
Trim shrubs, plant flowers, power wash your driveway, walkways, porch and deck, and tidy up your landscaping. “Be sure you have a well-maintained front lawn that’s freshly mowed and mulched as well as a welcoming front entrance with a door wreath,” Goodman says.
2. Clean and Declutter
Wash and dust interior surfaces thoroughly, and pack up and remove anything that isn’t being used in the house on a regular basis.
“Take your favorite photos down and replace them with neutral-themed artwork from a local thrift store or discount retailer,” says David Kinsey, an agent with Stone Harbor, New Jersey-based Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors. Also, remove all unnecessary items off counters and replace with fresh flowers.
4. Touch up without going overboard
“Do not start that major remodeling project you’ve always dreamed of right before listing your home,” Kinsey says. Instead, add a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint (grays are currently popular) to walls, refinish worn wood floors, change out kitchen cabinet door pulls, and update old window treatments.
5. Arrange furniture and decor together for better traffic flow, comfort and coziness
“Try to arrange pictures, table pieces, and pillows into groups of three,” says Lyons. Additionally, try grouping together a few small mirrors, “which can appear to double the size of your space and add a hint of energy to the room,” Goodman says.
6. Use lighting to make rooms warm and inviting
“Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures, and make sure you use three types of lighting: ambient, such as general or overhead lighting; task, like pendant, under-cabinet, or reading lights; and accent lighting, like table lamps,” Goodman says.