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By: Leighton Gordon0 comments

A well-staged home can make all the difference in the value of your property. In fact, 77% of buyers’ agents agree that home staging has an effect on a homebuyer’s perception of a house. Eight steps might sound like a lot of work, but the effort will pay off when you sell your home at a higher price.

 1. Get the Best First Impression with Curb Appeal

Focusing your time on the exterior appearance of a home is never a bad thing! Most often, potential homebuyers will drive past the house before scheduling a tour. If they immediately are turned off by the state of the front yard, then you might have missed out on an opportunity to sell your home.

  • Cleaning up the front area can be quick and simple.
  • Add address numbers in an easy-to-read spot
  • Plant seasonal blooms, this is especially important if you’re selling your home in the winter
  • Wash the windows and repaint the front porch if needed
  • Top it all off with a freshly mowed lawn

2. Brighten the Backyard

The backyard is another important aspect of the exterior of the house. Think of this space as another room in the home – no matter how small it may be. If all you have is a small balcony then add a cute table and show it off as a breakfast nook. If you have a big lawn to work with, then add a fire pit or hammock. Make sure the exterior walls are power-washed, stain the deck if necessary, and hide away any yard equipment or trash bins.

3. Strike a Balance

Remove all clutter, but also make the home appear “lived-in” by adding some personal touches like:

  • Vases of fresh flowers
  • Fruit baskets
  • Coffee table books
  • A jar of candy by the front door
  • An inviting welcome mat.

Ultimately, visitors want to imagine living in your home. But this also means getting rid of all your personal items that might cause distractions – such as miscellaneous items on the counter, family photos, shoes near the door, or cosmetics on the bathroom sink.

4. Clean Those Closets

It seems easy to just shove all your clutter items in the back of your closets and forget about them until after house tours. But that’s a huge mistake all sellers should avoid. Closet space is one of the most sought-after make-it-or-break-it characteristics to a home. You’ll want to make sure about 1/3 of the space is left unused to emphasize space in the area. Remove any excess boxes or storage items. And leave the doors open to show off the inside (visitors are going to open them regardless!).

5. Update Appliances

Modern kitchen appliances are a high return on investment on a home. Buyers will love knowing they don’t have to purchase new appliances after a big move. Make sure your microwave, dishwasher, oven, and any other tools compliment each other in style and color. Stainless steel, black stainless steel, and slate are hot trends right now. Even if you don’t want to invest in appliances, you can always resurface an older piece for as low as $20.

6. Keep the Master Bedroom Neutral

Make sure the wall paint and designs are appealing to both genders in the master bedroom. This is easy to do by picking a cream colored paint paired with a simple comforter and some pillows. A little goes a long way, and it’s better to keep the space modest than add more accessories.

7. Eliminate Odors

Make sure you get rid of any questionable smells in the house. If a potential buyer smells something funky, they’ll be weary about whether or not the odor can ever be removed – and might decide to go for another house instead.

  • Remove any old carpets that might be trapping odors
  • Spray the bathroom walls with a solution of half water and half bleach
  • Clean the windows – especially if pet nose marks are evident!
  • When in doubt, get your rugs steam cleaned or hire a deep cleaner
  • Use an air freshener with a fresh cool breeze scent.

8. Lighten Up

Lighter tones make a room look clean and spacious. Make sure your furniture and wall paint enhance light, this is also vital for photographs! Draw back the shades in all the rooms and turn on as many lights as possible. Real estate agents believe a properly staged living room is the most important space in the house. So make sure this area is especially bright.

Take these factors into consideration and you might increase the dollar price of your home by 5% compared to the homes of the same value in your neighborhood! Best of all, your space will be cleaner and better organized for when you are ready to move out.

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