Episode 39: Staging Your House to Sell

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Learn how staging your home can help you sell your house quicker and for more money. Plus get the top staging tips that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. 

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Why Staging Your Home Matters

You’re basically trying to make it easier for potential buyers to see themselves living in the house. We’re visual creatures and sometimes we need some help figuring out if our furniture will fit in a room or even how we’d use a certain space.

It could be that factor that helps sell your home quicker. According to International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) a staged home on average sells in 11 days versus 90 days for one that isn’t.

There are different levels of staging your home, depending on its current condition. I saw some articles on replacing countertops and upgrading floor.
That’s not my focus on this episode. I’m highlighting things you two can do on your own on the cheap that will pay off.

Declutter Your House  Room By RoomLearn how staging your home can help you sell your house quicker and for more money. Plus get the top staging tips that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

If I had to boil down the tips the staging consultant gave, it would be: declutter. You want enough items that the buyer can see how the room is being used, but you don’t to overwhelm them with all your stuff.

We certainly had some things that needed to go away so we went room by room and used the four box method:

  • Put Away
  • Sell/Donate
  • Storage
  • Trash

If you’re keeping a ton of things for storage you probably should re-evaluate if you really need that item or if you should unload before you move to your next place.

Tips on Staging Your House to Sell

Before the come in, make sure your house gives a great first impression. Polishing up its curb appeal to make sure you’re not driving potential buyers away.

  • Freshen up mulch areas
  • Pressure wash wash the house, driveways, and decks if they need it
  • Put some colorful flowers in carefully planned spots
  • Get a new welcome mat
  • Store your gnomes and other lawn ornaments

Once inside, you want your house to put it’s best face forward. The two biggest places you  need to look great are your floors and walls.

  • If you have carpets, have them professionally cleaned. Hardwood floors should be refinished.
  • Re-caulk the house as needed.
  • Retouch/Paint around the house
  • Clean and Check all light fixtures (100w)
  • Clean, Clean, Clean the house
  • DEpersonalize the room
  • Pets – hide evidence

Yes it does take work the first time you prepare the place, but all you need are touch-ups for the showings (hopefully not many because your staging has won them over).

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