Topic description: Selling your home in the Greater Seattle area? Make sure it stands out from the rest through impactful home staging. Home staging allows buyers to better visualize what it would be like to live in a property for sale. As they walk from room to room, imagining themselves living in it, their emotions become engaged and their desire to buy intensifies. In home staging, you can appeal to all the five senses with the right approach. Here are some tips on what you can do to appeal to more buyers and make your home the hottest property on the block.
Selling your home in the Greater Seattle area? Make sure it stands out from the rest through impactful home staging.
Home staging allows buyers to better visualize what it would be like to live in a property for sale. As they walk from room to room, imagining themselves seated on the furniture, eating at the breakfast bar or tucking in the kids for the night, their emotions become engaged and their desire to buy intensifies.
Effective home staging can appeal to all the five senses with the right approach. Here’s what you need to do to make your home the hottest property on the block.
- Consult and compare
- De-personalize and de-clutter
- Clean and deodorize
- Touch up
Have a walkthrough of the property with your Realtor so they can provide practical advice on how to better prepare and also stage the home. Pay close attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They are often key to buyers’ decision to buy a home or not.
Your Realtor can help pick out other listed properties in the local market that have generated the most interest, and arrange for you to visit them. Pay close attention to the features that make a good impression on you, and try to replicate them. Talk to your Realtor about the option of possibly renting furnishings for your property or hiring a professional stager.
Put away photos and personal trinkets that may distract prospective buyers. Anything that is highly distinct, like kids’ toys and sports memorabilia can make a person feel they are visiting someone else’s home rather than discovering their own.
If you have a strong sense of style, you may have to set that aside for now and turn your interior into something more neutral. Decorating or paint colors, etc., that are too taste specific can be a turn-off for many buyers. Simple artwork is preferable to creating a pleasing atmosphere. Also, remember that less is more. Knickknacks that make your home feel like a personal haven can seem untidy to others. The goal is to offer up more of a blank slate to make it easy for prospective buyers to visualize putting their own mark on it.
For both buyers and renters, dirty, unkempt spaces are a huge turn-off. During open houses and visits, you can be sure there will be buyers who will inspect every aspect of a room. A home that is not clean gives the impression the property has not been properly maintained and this can be the reason a buyer chooses another property over your own.
Smells are also an important concern. A bad odor can often suggest a problem like mold or animals trapped in the ceiling or walls…or it could also imply poor housekeeping. Where normal cleaning is not helping with the smell or stains in the carpet, consider more extensive measures, like hiring a professional cleaning company or replacing the carpet.
To help make the home more inviting, put out a vase of fresh cut flowers or freshly baked cookies. These are great for making a great first impression on buyers.
When you have lived in a house long enough, there are certain things you become accustomed to and don’t even notice. Cracks in the paint, stains in the carpet, damaged cobblestones in the driveway – these are things that may not seem very important as you go about your daily life.
They will, however, be noticed by potential buyers. Chances are, they will see have looked at many other properties without these kinds of blemishes. You need to give the impression that your home is well-maintained to compete with other homes. Ensure that both the interior and exterior of the home are sparkling clean and in good shape.
You may need to hire a contractor or handyman to do some of these jobs. If you have to repaint the walls, get advice from your Realtor or home stager in picking a neutral colors or shades that are popular with buyers.
Also, consider hiring a landscaper or gardener who can help in improving your curb appeal. How your home looks from the outside can greatly influence a buyer’s decision to continue exploring the property or not. Make sure the lawn is neatly-trimmed, and the trees and bushes are pruned. Add potted plants if needed to make your garden or yard look fresh and well-kept.
Even if the curb or sidewalk are not yours to maintain, see if you can fix any potholes or cracks that will make less than a stellar impression.
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