Sometimes it only takes a potential buyer seconds to decide whether they like a home, even if they keep looking around. Though buying a home should be practical, emotions play a big role. Does the house have that homey vibe? Can they picture themselves living there? Here are some tips you can try to stage your old home so it’s appealing to buyers.
Spruce Up the Porch
You want to make a really good first impression when buyers come to the door. Maybe add a couple potted plants near the front door. Make sure the porch is swept and clutter-free. Look for little enhancements you can make like new light fixtures on the porch or a new welcome mat. Invigorate the front door with a fresh coat of paint, or even consider replacing the door if it’s in your budget.
Consider What Buyers Want
One of the secrets to staging a home is picturing what buyers in your area want out of that home. For example, you might be empty nesters who have adult children, but those interested in your home might be families with young children. If so, consider staging a bedroom or two as a child’s bedroom or a baby’s nursery. This will tug on the emotional heartstrings of young parents or those hoping to have children soon.
Say No to Junk Rooms
It’s easy to let a spare bedroom or an unfinished basement become a junk room, where all the stuff goes that doesn’t have a place. If you have one of these rooms, go through it. Get rid of as much as you can and put the rest into a storage unit, so it’s not in your home as you try to sell.
Then think of a purpose for that room. An unfinished basement might become a home gym. A spare room might become a library. Use your imagination. If you show buyers possibilities, it will open up their own imaginations to wonder what they could do with the space. This will really help sell your home fast.
Create Rooms With Purpose
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Another thing to watch for is that each area of your home has its own purpose. If you have a catch-all room that’s a little of everything, buyers will feel like it’s wasted space. Maybe you have a highchair in one corner, a TV at one end of the room, a fireplace on the side, and no real place to sit. Reconsider the space and make sure the purpose is obvious. Maybe you’ll need to put away much of what covers the surfaces of the room along with many of the larger items. Take out the TV, high chair, and clutter and replace with a dining table and chairs, for instance. Or put an arm chair and ottoman next to the window and create a reading nook.
The main thing when staging your home is to remove photos of your family, clear every surface except a few decorations that are inviting, and make sure every room doesn’t have too much furniture or not enough.