Home Staging: Removing Yourself from Your Home

Real Estate

So, you’ve made the decision to sell your home, and you want to get it listed and sold fast so you can move on to the next chapter of your life. If this sounds like you, then did you know there are some things you can do to help get your Possum Kingdom home sold faster and potentially for more money?

According to the Profile of Home Staging, a report conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 83% of buyers agents said staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home and saw anywhere from a 1% - 5% increase in the offer price.

Check out these tips below on how to start staging your home in Possum Kingdom and slowly removing yourself from it to make it appear showroom ready!

Declutter

Before you start allowing showings on the house, take the time to declutter and start throwing away items that you don’t plan to take with you. Go through each room one-by-one and make a keep, garbage, and donate pile. This is even a great time to consider having a garage sale. By removing unnecessary items, rooms and closets will appear larger and the house will look more organized.

Remove Personal Items

Pack away any family photos, trophies or sentimental pieces. The more you can give the illusion that no one lives there, the more buyers will feel like they’re walking through a house and not someone else’s home. Place your personal affects in boxes and neatly arrange them in the garage, or if possible, move them to a storage unit.

Hide Smells

Everyone’s home has its own unique smell. Since you’ve been living in your home for a while, you probably don’t even notice it, but when potential buyers walk through, they will. Buyers will always remember how a house smells, so make sure your house leaves an inviting fragrance. Ways to help make your house smell more inviting include turning on a Scentsy, lighting a candle, or if time permits, consider baking something in your kitchen to leave out for buyers to enjoy.

Let Go of Your Quirky Elements

Do you have a brightly painted room that just jumps out at you when you walk in? What about a mural painted in your children’s playroom? It’s time to reverse all those to something a little more neutral. The least expensive way to go about these changes is by simply painting over the designs. I recommend considering something in tan or gray shades. Also, if you turned a garage into a living space, but it can easily be converted back to a garage, I recommend going ahead and making that change as well. Most home buyers are looking for someplace safe to park their cars and for additional storage. If you garage takes away from that, home buyers may be turned off.

Deep Clean and Bring in Light

Whether you do it yourself or you bring in a professional cleaning service, have the entire home cleaned from top to bottom. Make sure the windows are clear, no dust can be seen, the carpets look their best, and the grout looks almost new. This is also a great time to go through and make sure all the light bulbs are working and replace any broken ones. The brighter the house, the more spacious it will appear.