Home Staging Tips to Better Sell a Home By Pete Malcolm

  in Home Management | Published 2012-01-24 17:17:56 | 66 Reads | Unrated

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In today's financial world there have been a lot of homes entering the market due to various reasons If someone is looking to sell their home at this time, it is important to enter the market at a competitive price point but, it is also vital to look appealing to those looking to purchase a home

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In today's financial world there have been a lot of homes entering the market due to various reasons. If someone is looking to sell their home at this time, it is important to enter the market at a competitive price point but, it is also vital to look appealing to those looking to purchase a home. To do this a seller would need to follow these home staging tips to ensure that the house is set up and ready for anyone to look at.

Home staging is when a person selling their home prepares it for sale. What is meant by that is, the seller pays close attention to the way the home is p
resented and its overall appearance. It is essential for the home to have all aesthetic issues dealt with and that the organization, design, and appearance are all top rate.

Many people do not see the benefit of staging their home. They believe that if they have a good price set on their home that it will sell itself. But there are many different advantages to staging the property prior to showing it. By staging, the seller will look at the home as the buyer would, looking at various items. It would also ensure that there is not clutter in the home or on the property. Staging could help reduce the time that a home stays on the market since it will be, in general, more attractive. Having the property looking good overall will help justify the price that is being asked for it.

The first place to start on staging a home for sale is to develop its curb appeal. Although many sellers only think that the interior needs to be updated when staging a home that could not be further from the truth. When someone drives up to the property to look at it, the first thing they see is the exterior of the home, so it is vital to have it looking good on the outside as well. The easiest way to update the exterior of the house is to walk up to it from the direction of the potential buyers and make a list of things that could look better or be improved on. Then ask a friend or family member to do the same thing and make a list of what they see. Anything that is on both lists needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. The other items should be ranked and dealt with as deemed appropriate as well. Common items may include doing work on or updating any landscaping, and fixing or painting gutters, rails, or shutters that can be seen from the outside.

A high priority for staging the interior of the home is ensuring that the entryway is well taken care of. This is the area that connects the outside world with the interior so it is vital to have it looking nice. Ensure that the area is properly cleaned, swept, and dusted. This area should be well lit and the lighting should fit the tone of the home as well. Another key factor is to get a new, high quality door mat. This is a cheap item that is often overlooked but adds to the feel of being at home upon arrival.

The family room or living room is another key room to focus on when staging a home. Many people entertain their family or guests in these rooms so it is important that they can envision those types of activities taking place when the room is shown. A few things that someone needs to do for these rooms include removing any family pictures, arrange the seating to allow for interaction or conversation, and if the room has a fireplace, funnel the seating towards it so it becomes the focus point of the room.

People tend to spend a lot of time in their kitchens so it is vital to have it show well. Highlight any updates that the kitchen has had since these types of updates translate well in price. Update lights, faucets, or handles of cabinets and drawers if needed. Make sure to thoroughly scrub and clean the kitchen as any grit or grime left in the area may lead to a potential buyer being turned off to the room.

Bathrooms are another focus area inside any home. Use the same steps in the bathroom as the kitchen. That includes updating any lighting, faucets, or handles that may not look clean, modern, or functional. It is imperative to, once again, make sure the entire room is scrubbed clean. Do not allow any surfaces to have soap scum or residue.

When staging a bedroom it is important to make it feel like a comfortable room to the potential buyer. This may mean taking out extra clothes or furniture that is cluttering the room. Also, as is true around the whole house, make sure there are no personal photos in the room. The person looking at the property should envision their family in the home and not yours.

When anyone is selling their home it would be important to follow some basic home staging tips. By having the home prepared with nice curb appeal the person will be able to justify their asking price of the home. Make sure that the home is set up to make the person viewing the home feel like it is the home they want to get for their family to live in.

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