By Edward Hurley
If you’re planning to put your home on the market, there are some things that you need to do before getting someone to fall in love with your home. You need to hire a great real estate agent and have a home in mind that you want to buy. Finally, you need to set up an open house with your real estate agent. With setting up an open house, there is more to do than just inviting potential buyers over. You have to make your open house stand out, be memorable, and learn how to stage your home.
What is Home Staging?
Home staging is preparing your home to look as though it is ready to be lived in. This way, potential buyers are likely to see what it would look like if they already lived in your home before they buy it. So when you learn how to stage your home, you’ll be happy to know that it is a great way to get the highest value from your home sale.
Stage Yourself or Hire a Home Stager
You can learn how to stage your home by either hiring a professional stager or learning it online. The price per stager varies, but doing it yourself is an inexpensive alternative if you have a knack for homemaking. If you ask your agent, they are more than likely going to help out with getting your home staged and ready because they want to sell it as much as you do. Since only 1/10 people can visualize what a home would look like before they move in, you need to help the other 90% visualize the property potential.
Why You Should Stage Your Home
If you are planning an open house with your real estate agent soon, then you need to stage your home. Staging a home is the best way to help gain a buyer’s interest in the interior of your property for sale. There are many reasons as to why you should stage your home, but the greatest reason is that there is a 586% return on investment. Staging your home is the best way to guarantee yourself that you will find a buyer who will love your home.
The Basics to Staging Your Home
Before you have your home open to potential buyers, you want it to be clean, peaceful and well organized. These are the characteristics that sell a home. You do not want to have any furniture that looks old or dirty around.
You can start by cleaning and getting rid of all of the trash in your home, including any household items or furniture that is no longer used or looks ragged. You want your home to look as good as possible, so make sure that it is spotless. If there are stains in the carpet or paint, then there isn’t much you can do about that unless you want to get new carpeting or repaint.
How to Set the Furniture
If you do not have new or modern furniture, you can always use sheets and covers to wrap around any couches or chairs. However, if you do not want to do that, you can always buy new furniture or rent home items, like couches, televisions, or tables. By making your furniture look as new and clean as possible, you are giving the potential buyer a perspective on what the home will look like once they move in.
The way you set furniture is up to you, your Realtor, and home stager (if you decided to hired one). However, a great way to arrange furniture is to have a home flow, a way in which you organize your home so that there is order and room to move about it freely. You want to maximize the space in your home while making it look neat and organized throughout. Do not leave clunky furnishing in heavy walking areas.
Be sure to fix any holes in the walls. Do not leave out too many family photos, and be sure that the home smells great by using household fresheners. If you’re still uncertain how you will stage your home, there are some awesome tips online about home staging.
Where to Start with Staging Your Home
Now if home staging is a completely new concept to you, the best thing you can do for yourself is ask your agent if it is necessary to sell your home. They will most likely say there are some things you can do to get the house in shape for your open house. If you two plan to work together, make sure to come into an agreement as to how the home will be staged for the open house.
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