Did you know everyday clutter, bright paint colors and mix matched out-dated furniture could be the main reason buyers aren’t giving your home a second look? If you are thinking of putting your home on the market or you currently have your home listed with a Realtor, Home Staging can make the difference between a showing and a sale. Staging your home to sell helps to ensure that when buyers enter your home they like what they see. It helps them envision themselves and their furnishings living in the space. There are many things you can easily do to make sure your home doesn’t fall into the “what were they thinking” category.
#1: Paint Colors – Be sure you have neutral paint colors throughout. (Don’t leave that one lime green bedroom because you think it won’t matter, it does).
#2: De-Clutter – Be sure to de-clutter all surfaces including countertops in Kitchen and Bath as well as dressers in bedrooms. Be sure to clean out all closets. Rent a storage unit if necessary. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the floor entirely inside every closet. This helps buyers to visualize the size of the closet. Don’t be fooled, they will look in there. We are all looking for ample closet space!
#3: Furniture Layout – Your furniture should be set up in the most ideal way to show off your square footage. Sofas and other chairs should be centered on focal points in the room such as a fireplace or TV. Remove extra furniture so rooms are not too over-crowded. This will help buyers see the size of your room and visualize if their furniture will fit in it. It is also a trick to make your rooms look larger! Even if you don’t live this way on a regular basis, your home should be set up the way people expect to see it. Each room should be designated for a specific function. If you have your dining room set up as an office, you need to change it back to a dining room. You can look into borrowing items from friends or family members or possibly rent pieces as needed from local rental shops.
#4: Curb Appeal – Don’t forget the outside of your house too! Your front entrance or porch makes the first impression on buyers. They will decide within 15 seconds or less whether they want to enter your home or keep driving. Don’t be the one they pass by! Make sure your front door is freshly painted and your house numbers, mailbox and lighting are updated and clean. Add some freshly planted flowers to your porch to show someone who cares about the property currently lives there.
We hope that these tips will set you off in the right direction. If you live in Louisville, KY or the surrounding areas, we would love to assist you. We offer different packages for Home Staging – We give “quick” staging consultations with a written report telling homeowners what changes are most advantageous for them. We will work with you picking paint colors, moving furniture and helping you to decide what should stay and what should go! This can all be done in a 1-2 hour visit depending on the size of your home. We also offer a more comprehensive staging package for homes that are vacant and need furniture rental.
You can contact us at 502-338-8687 or visit our website at J Renee Designs. You can get great inspiration and information about all things Louisville at our blog: Louisville Design Blog.