When your home goes on the market, it becomes a product, and home styling or staging allows you to highlight the best of your home. It’s not about decorating but turning your home into a model so that it can appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers. The goal is to make people feel like they could live there and the best way to achieve this is to “neutralize” the surroundings and give curb appeal from the street.
Here’s some tips to put your home in prime showing shape:
- Clear out and clear off; closets, tables, bookshelves, counter-tops and work benches – Storage boxes can be neatly tucked away in a garage or basement with your items.
- Focus mostly on the visible areas – foyer, kitchen, living & family rooms, bathroom, and bedrooms, by putting away, medicines, collectibles, personal photos, and dated objects.
- Bring in as much natural light as possible, replace burnt out light-bulbs or add more lighting to dark rooms and spaces.
- Make functional repairs; fix dripping faucets, sticking doors, lifting flooring or carpet, broken gates or fences.
- Clean or hire professionals to clean the home, the carpets, the windows, the deck, and the gutters.
- Before a showing refrain from smoking or cooking anything that leaves a distinctive odor and remove litter boxes or animal beds.
- Have the room temperature comfortable; light a fire on a winter’s day or open the windows for a summer’s breeze.
- Remove plastic garden pots, and containers that aren’t being used and put away tools and lawn equipment from the outdoors.
- Clean the exterior of your home and outdoor furniture, trim trees and shrubs, clear paths, mow lawns and weed whack.
- Remove tarps! Blue, orange and white tarps can be displeasing to the eye.