Here’s where my Type A organizationally focused friends will be in their zone! List making is essential to successfully staging your home. Remember from my last blog on staging, you will want to allow for some time for this. The list making step should happen in the beginning.
Remember our goal is for you to put your best foot forward when staging your house and to get your house sold quickly and for a great price!
You are going to get your most traffic and attention when you first put your house on the market so you want to have it staged beautifully with awesome pictures posted on the internet. Remember over 90% of today’s potential home buyers are searching online before checking out a new home in person.
What should we put on your lists? Start with categories for your “To Do” list:
-Does the exterior of your home need some work?
-How does your yard look? Do you need to clean up the yard? Trim hedges? Do you need fresh mulch? Do you need to clean up fallen branches? Do you need to weed?
-Do you need to put away kids’ outside toys/bicycles?
-Do you need fresh pillows for an outside seating area? Do you need a fresh umbrella for an outside table? You want potential buyers “to see” how they can best use your backyard- don’t make them use their imagination, SHOW THEM!
-Flowers make a huge impact on curb appeal.
-Do you need a clean, new door mat?
-Remember Staging Secret #1: Remove all family photos
-Remember Staging Secret #2: Remove at least 1/2 of the furniture, things, etc. in each room (LESS is more!)
-Clean, clean, clean: Nothing turns off a potential buyer more than dirt/dust/grime.
-Clean out every room/every nook and cranny: Buyers DO look in closets, laundry room (notice I even staged our laundry room in the pictures below), and every corner of your house.
-What needs to be fixed? Painted? (you don’t want buyers to make a list of what they need to fix if they buy your house)
-Be purposeful in highlighting the strengths of each room and downplaying the weaknesses
You can see from these lists that successful staging takes a good amount of time. This isn’t something you can do well in a weekend. When we were staging our Annandale, Virginia home we started making our staging “to do” lists a good six months before putting our house on the market. But our hard work paid off. We only had our house on the market for 6 days and got 4 offers in those 6 days!!!!
Our staged home:
This is your goal: to get a lot of interest in your home and get many great offers in a short amount of time. You can do this by successfully staing your home!
Let me know if you need help. I would love to help you stage your home! Be well everyone. Hope you’re enjoying these tips.