Properly staging your home is key when trying to sell your Portland area house. Many people think it will cost a fortune for atmosphere and embellishments, but there are many ways to do this without breaking the bank. And actually, less is more! With a little time and effort, you can make your home stand out and look its best. Here are some great staging tips to help you sell fast!
Remove The Clutter & Personal Items.
You want potential buyers to see your house as a “home” but not with your laundry in the washer. In addition, too many personal items can make prospective buyers feel they are intruding. Limit photographs and other personal items like backpacks, paperwork, and purses. Instead, put out a few books, flowers or other interesting items. Make potential buyers feel as if this could be their home the moment they walk in.
You may need to remove some furniture. Don’t let the house feel small with too much furniture. Consider an off-site storage unit, not a ‘pod’ in front of the house obstructing the street view. All you need is enough furniture to allow the buyer to imagine how their furniture will look.
You want a potential buyer to feel immediately comfortable, as if this was somewhere they could see themselves living. Remove the clutter and personal items.
Appeal To All The Senses.
When someone comes to your house for a showing, it’s about more than what they see with their eyes. Emotional cues play a big role in how people will see your home.
Consider soft music in the background. Or maybe have a candle burning that smells like freshly baked cookies or clean linens. Have a soft and cozy blanket folded up nicely on the couch. Doing these things will make your home appealing, and encourage buyers to stick around, possibly to make you an offer!
Give Each Room a Purpose.
Do you have a space that is used for many things? Clean it up, and make it appear as if it only has one focus. For example, a guest room/office can subconsciously make the potential buyer feel as if the home is cramped and lacking space. Instead, make it clear that the room is a guest bedroom OR an office.
If you have un-utilized space, consider making it something fun like a game room or library. Even if it’s not really how you use the home, defining the space will make the buyer feel more comfortable about how they could use the space. Thus, they can more easily imagine themselves living there.
Spend a Day Deep Cleaning and Making Small Repairs.
Do you have a crooked shelf? A squeaky step? Maybe a leaky faucet? Get the small things fixed that can be done for a reasonable cost. Touch-up paint, fill wall dings or power wash the driveway. These little details let the buyer know you care about this house.
Now is also the time to wipe down the baseboards, rake the leaves, mow the lawn and get those stains out of the carpet. Remember, buyers will be looking in every corner of your house as they walk through. Don’t let them get so caught up looking at a wobbly fan, that they miss the beauty of your breakfast nook. If you look carefully, you will probably find things to repair you hadn’t even noticed before!
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