5 Simple Ways to Stage Your Home

Posted by Tim Ryan on Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 2:10pm.

home-staging_400Aside from making the necessary repairs and upgrades, staging your home is one of the most important steps you can take toward getting it sold. Whether selling Maryland luxury homes or Naples real estate, this step is critical. With the help of the proper staging techniques, you can turn your house into a home that is warm, welcoming and inviting to potential buyers. By making it easy for buyers to envision themselves living in your house and creating fond memories, you will have won half the battle toward winning over buyers and making a positive, long-lasting impression. Even better, a home can be properly staged at little to know cost. In fact, here is a look at 5 free or inexpensive ways to stage your home.

Clean Up the Clutter

Perhaps the easiest way to stage your home is to clean up all of the clutter. This doesn’t just mean cleaning up messes, however, as clutter can also come in the form of too much furniture and disorganization. If your rooms are crammed full with furniture and other items, consider putting them away in storage until your house is sold. Otherwise, your home will appear small and cramped to potential buyers.

Add a Bit of Life

Another simple way to stage a home is to add a flower vase on the kitchen table and anywhere else where flowers may be appropriate. Not only will this add a splash of color to the inside of your home, it also creates a welcoming and cheerful atmosphere. Of course, the pleasant aroma given off by flowers will also help imprint positive memories in the minds of potential buyers. It is also a good idea to take this same theme outdoors. By simply adding a couple potted plants outside of your entryway, you will add to your home’s curb appeal while also creating a welcoming appearance.

Let There Be Light

Finding ways to brighten up the inside of your home will not only make your home appear larger and more attractive, but it will also help with creating a bright and cheerful feeling. To further assist with this endeavor, open up the shades and curtains so the natural light can enter. Just be sure the home remains properly cooled if it is located in an area with a hot climate or if you are showing the property on a hot day.

The Smells of Home

The sense of smell is quite possibly the most powerful of our five senses. Finding ways to associate your home with positive scents is an excellent way to stage your home, but you have to be careful to avoid going overboard. Scented candles can be beneficial, or you may want to consider baking fresh cookies or an apple pie. The smell will linger and you can even offer to share some with potential buyers when they come for a viewing.

Make it About the Buyer

Perhaps the single most important thing you can do when staging a home is to depersonalize each room. To do this, you will need to remove personal mementoes, family photos and anything else that will remind the buyer that this house is currently your home. After all, you want the buyer to see himself living in the house. If the house is filled with your personal items, it will make it difficult for the buyer to envision anyone other than you living in the home.

About The Author - Kevin Koitz specializes in luxury Maryland real estate, such as 22 West Condos, as Realtor for the Koitz Group in the Washington DC area.

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