submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office
Unless you’ve been living in East Jibip, you’ve probably heard how staging your home can positively impact the sale price and shorten the marketing time.
There’s been plenty written about what to do when staging your home, but consider a few things NOT to do:
- Exercise restraint! Keep it simple and don’t overdo it. Staging should enhance, not overwhelm. The objective is to create space a buyer can imagine themselves living in with their stuff. Set the stage, but don’t paint the entire picture, as it could be one they’d never buy.
- Furniture doesn’t always belong up against the wall! Configure furniture so it promotes conversation in the living and family rooms whenever possible.
- Pay attention to details. The goal is to provide a blank canvas for the Buyer to work with, but create some interest with small details. Things like fresh flowers in the master bedroom and kitchen, plush towels and pretty soaps in the bath, a soft blanket draped across a bed, colorful pillows or nice glassware at the bar are all special touches that don’t overwhelm.
- Not every room must be staged. All areas should be immaculate and uncluttered, but focus on the kitchen, living and/or family room, master bedroom and the baths. Again, the goal is for the Buyer to imagine their stuff in your space, which is hard for most Buyers to do when a house is over decorated.
- Conventional wisdom dictates that you should remove yourself as much as possible, which means your personal photos have gotta go, especially those bad wedding pictures from the 80’s, your kids’ school pictures with the newly cut bangs, and the bear rug glamour shot that hangs over your bed. A baby photo in your child’s room or a picture of your spouse on your bedside table tells a story of love and happiness in your home, which can’t be a bad thing.
Above all, be brutal on yourself when de-cluttering, and clean like your life depends on it. Of course it doesn’t, but the successful sale of your home does.