There are many things to think about when it’s time to sell your home. You have to find a new place to live, find a realtor if you’re not up to selling your home yourself, deal with paperwork and get the home ready for open house visits.
Staging your home for visitors is one of the most important parts of preparation for getting your home ready to sell.
This shouldn’t be done after you’ve put your home up for sale and determine an asking price, but rather it should be done after any renovations or repairs need to be made.
Selling a home in Alabama can be easier in certain areas of the state or during different times of the year than others.
It can be done with proper planning and discipline. The entire process can take anywhere from a few months to almost a year in some instances.
Here are some things to know about staging your home:
1. Take care of the exterior.
While most people are accustomed to visitors looking at the inside of their home, taking proper care of the exterior of your home is just as important.
Before you schedule an open house, takes some time to wash the windows and siding. Mow the lawn and clear the yard of any weeds or debris if your showing is held during the warmer months.
Your house number should be easy to read and free of any weeds or anything else that could obscure it. To make your home feel more welcome and inviting, feel free to plant fresh flowers in planters or other areas of your property.
2. Clean the inside of your home.
You will want to take a day or two to clean the inside of your home to prepare it for visitors.
This means you’ll have to wash floors, vacuum carpets, clean kitchen areas, dust and change bedding.
Clean the inside of your windows and tidy up and organize items in each room. The last thing you want potential buyers to remember is a messy home.
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3. Open your closets.
While it may be tempting to jam your closets full of children’s toys and other items that are laying around your home, keep in mind the fact that most interested parties will want to see what sort of closet space you have.
Clean up clutter and open up your closets to visitors. If you don’t have enough storage in your home, you might have to rent a storage unit or move some things to a friend or neighbor’s place temporarily.
Most people understand that things won’t be immaculate, but doing your best to make each room presentable will leave a favorable impression in their minds.
4. Think about pet odors.
Another consideration is if you have pets. Some visitors may not like animals or may be allergic to different kinds of pets. Keep them out of the way while you have visitors.
Clean their litter boxes and food and water bowls before your guests arrive.
Take extra care to clean and vacuum areas that your pets frequent the most, and put away their toys and other belongings during open home tours.
5. Plan your decor carefully.
An important part of staging your home is arranging furniture and other accessories in ways that are visually appealing. This may involve buying new indoor or outdoor furniture.
Choose items that match your color scheme or themes. Some decor may depend on the season. All of this can take a little extra planning and work, but the results are often well worth it.
6. Get rid of things that are unused or outdated.
If there are items that don’t fit your decor or haven’t been used in a while, it may be a good time to sell, donate or discard them.
If they have sentimental value, you may want to put them in storage until it’s time to move to a new home.
Otherwise, feel free to hold a garage sale before your open house dates start. You can also donate well-used items to your favorite local charity or discard them if they no longer have any practical use.
7. Take photos.
Another crucial part of staging is taking photographs of each area of your home. Your realtor can arrange for a professional photographer to take these pictures for you, or you can take them yourself.
These photos will be used for your home’s online listing, so put some thought into each one.
You may have to take dozens or even hundreds of photos until you find the right ones that perfectly capture the essence of each room and area of your property.
8. Leave things as they are.
Once you have your home staged just the way that you like it, leave things as they are.
Remember that you’re probably going to have a lot of strangers visiting your home, and many of them have probably seen the pictures that you posted online.
This is the impression that they expect to see, so don’t change things up if you can help it. After the open house visits are over, then you can go back to rearranging or moving things around as you see fit.
Staging is one of the key components of selling your home. It should give prospective buyers a favorable impression of your home and give them ideas for decor should they decide to buy. It should create a warm and inviting presence.
Choose themes and colors that are attractive but not garish. Many home buyers don’t want to do a lot of work after moving in, so the more comfortable your home is, the better.
You don’t have to be an interior designer to stage your home. You can follow the steps above or consult professionals to create a clean, modern, enjoyable look and feel.
Whether you bring your belongings with you or not when you move, staging can give interested parties more reasons to buy your home compared to similar houses on the market. Give people every reason to want to make your house their new home.
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