Staging a home is the process of preparing your home inside and out so that it looks appealing to potential buyers. Most real estate experts will recommend that you invest in staging your home when you list it for sale. Doing so will allow you to get more money and more offers for your property so that it sells fast and you can get on with your new life.
How do you stage a house for sale? You have two basic options. You can do the work yourself or you can pay a professional to do the staging for you. Remember that the act of staging will net you several thousand dollars more for your property so it is often well worth any money spent. Check with your agent to see what the going sales prices are for staged homes versus unstaged homes.
When you stage, the first step is to get rid of clutter. This is something you can do yourself. Get the whole family involved. Go through each room and toss or remove magazines, newspapers, any recycling or loose items, books, CDs, DVDs or excess photographs. You can store the photos or other items you wish to keep by packing them in a moving box and setting them inside a garage or attic. Your items will be ready for moving day and your home will look much better without the clutter.
Remove any furnishings or curtains and rugs that are clearly worn or in need of repairs. If you use a professional stager, they often rent furnishings and decorative items like mirrors. They place these strategically in the main rooms of the house for effect.
Aim to open up each room so that the windows, closets, and features are clearer for potential buyers to see. If they can picture themselves living there they are more likely to make you a nice offer.