Home Staging Tips

As the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

You know, like when prospective buyers first gaze at your home, inside and out. That’s where home staging comes into play. In fact, employing a handful of tricks prior to putting your home on the market can make all the difference in the world.

  • Up the curb appeal. A potential buyer won’t see how amazing your home looks on the inside if the outside sends them running for cover. Take time to do a little landscaping, touch up exterior paint, power wash the siding, and add flowering plants to welcome buyers.
  • Don’t make it personal. Remove family photos from walls and bookcases, stash away your child’s masterpieces, and help buyers picture themselves living there with neutral décor.
  • Update the old and tired. No, they’re probably not going to want to buy your furniture, too, but that worn area rug, stained carpet, and the tattered sofa is doing nothing to help sell your house.
  • Play musical chairs…and tables, and sofas. Play around with the placement of your furnishings to see what setup highlights a room’s features and makes the space look larger. Remember, the current room ensemble might not be the best or most attractive use of space to a buyer.  
  • Tone it down. Sure, you simply adore your bold accent wall, but a buyer will appreciate a more neutral color palette. 
  • Give the kitchen a facelift. You don’t need to spend big bucks to make a big impact. Swap out cabinet hardware, update lighting, organize cabinet doors and drawers, remove clutter and appliances from counters, and make appliances sparkle. Also, avoid cooking meals with strong smells before scheduled showings.
  • Deep clean every corner. Dust and cobwebs will give buyers the impression that your house isn’t well cared for. Deep clean every room of the house, paying special attention to windows, blinds, grout lines, and even the recesses of your garage.
  • Give the bathrooms some TLC. Cleanliness is key! Tackle mold, mildew, and soap scum, and make sure the toilet is sparkling clean. Replace shower curtains, bathmats, and towels, and keep everyday toiletries in a basket under the sink to keep counters clear. 
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter! This is a great time to purge items you no longer want or use and start packing those you are keeping but don’t need on a regular basis. No matter how spacious a home, clutter makes it feel cramped and lacking in storage.

Air it out. Remove pet odors and other smells as best you can. Open windows prior to showings to let fresh air in. And opt for gentle scents like citrus.

What’s often the first thing a prospective buyer sees when they step inside your bathroom? The faucet. Is it scratched, tarnished, or otherwise an eyesore? That’s a simple fix too, and one Plumbtastic can help you with. In fact, we can help ensure your plumbing is in tip-top, sale-ready shape for your financial benefit and for fewer, if any hassles, during the inspection. Contact us today for more information or to schedule service.

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