Do you ever wonder why some homes sell quickly while others remain on the market for several months and even years? While some things can't be changed, like location and size of lot, there are things you can do to help make it an easier sale. It's called home staging.
Home staging is basically the process of making a home more appealing to potential buyers. Staging can occur throughout the home -- outside and inside.
Consider a home with neatly trimmed grass vs. one that has grass and weeds growing knee-high outside of the home. The immediate impression of the home can quickly change depending on how it's staged.
Home staging can occur with simple changes or with renovations that will increase the value of your home and make the overall package more appealing to potential buyers.
Regardless of the degree of staging in a home, the important thing is to de-clutter. That means removing unnecessary objects and furniture from the home.
It's not enough to simply store these items in the garage or a closet. It should go off site. You'll be amazed at how much bigger your home looks with all the clutter removed.
There are also a number of other things you can do with your home when staging.
Walls and Ceiling
A home with freshly painted walls and ceiling can go a long way when trying to sell. Chipping paint or stained walls can leave a bad impression.
Also, by going with a light, neutral color, you make your home more inviting and appealing to the general buyer. Sometimes bold wall colors that may look great to some can come off as tacky to others.
Well-lit homes are more welcoming to potential buyers than ones that are dark and dreary. When a potential buyer walks into your home, you want them to get a sense of comfort -- a place they want to be in.
Also be mindful of the type of lighting you have. For example, a chandelier in a small room can make the room feel even smaller.
Before any scheduled visit, air out your home of any odors. Any foul odor -- whether it is from pets or food -- is often immediately noticeable. An impression of your home is already formed without having walked through it.
Lawn and Garden
If you have a lawn in the front or a garden in the backyard, take the effort to tidy it up. Your home's lawn may be the first sight of your home for potential buyers, so make it a good impression with trimmed grass. It wouldn't hurt to have some flowers or a well-groomed tree planted outside as well.
The backyard also needs attention and care. You want potential buyers to feel like it's a place they can use and relax in, not a place that requires a lot of time and effort to clean up and keep tidy.
These simple touches to the home can make for a more attractive sale to any potential buyer coming by.