Room by Room: Simple Staging Strategies That Sell Your Home

Room by Room: Simple Staging Strategies That Sell Your Home
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    You're looking to sell your home.

    The thing is, it's not easy to get your house sold these days.

    Everyone's selling their home.

    Everyone thinks they have a unique proposition to offer potential buyers.

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The reality is that, while it is a seller’s market in many areas of the country, it’s still up to the buyer to choose your home. In other words, there’s still enough attractive options in terms of renting that a "sellers market" doesn’t necessarily mean the buyer is at your mercy. Here’s how to tilt the odds in your favor.

Use Effective Staging

Staging every room in the house is one of the most effective ways to attract new buyers. A staging for every room allows potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Remember, when you’re selling your house, you’re trying to get the buyer to believe that it’s his house, not yours.

With many stagings, a room or two at most are staged. But, if you stage the entire home, you immerse the buyer into the whole experience. Old furniture is moved out, and rented furniture is moved in. The walls might be painted, or they may just be cleaned up. The idea is to depersonalize the place. No old photos of you at the beach with your family – no personal belongings hanging up in the closet.

Staging is known to increase the selling price of the house by about 7 percent, so it’s definitely worth the extra effort.

Clean The Bathroom

No one likes a dirty bathroom – including prospective buyers. Nothing will turn them away faster, in fact, than an unkempt bathroom. Clean up in here. If the room smells musty, which is a common problem, make a diluted bleach wash in a spray bottle (1 part bleach, 10 parts water), and scrub the floors, walls, and everything else that’s not bleach-sensitive. Wash all of the shower curtains. Get rid of old bar soap, and clean up any pump soap bottles you use. If you keep the hamper in here, empty it before showing the house.

Update The Bathroom

If your bathroom has dated tiles on the walls or floor, consider painting them. This goes double for dated mirrors or any other fixtures in this room.

Stain The Cabinets

Any good real estate agent from Agent Harvest will tell you that one of the most important rooms in the house is the kitchen. Stain the cabinets, and clean up the floors, and it will look like a new room. It’ll also make it much easier to sell.

Go Granite

A granite countertop is almost a guaranteed sale for the right buyer. Even if the rest of the house is mediocre, the countertop can sell it. But, it’s expensive. So, to lower the cost to you, consider buying remnant countertop pieces and installing the countertop yourself. Or, look for deals at local stores for granite or faux granite.

Get New Appliances

New appliances almost always improve the value of the home. Consider buying them. Even if your appliances are only 10 years old, that might be old enough for them to start showing their age. Stainless steel is usually popular, especially if your home is a more modern one.

Refinish The Floors

When someone walks into your home, one of the first things they’ll notice is the flooring. If you have hardwood floors, refinish them. That can make the deal go a lot faster. Hardwood is not only expensive to install, it’s getting to be very rare these days. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Arthur Young has a creative eye for real estate. He especially enjoys helping homeowners navigate buying and selling in today’s housing market.

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