December 19, 2021

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick and Easy Sale

Home staging secrets that will sell your home faster

Home staging can greatly enhance the beauty of your house and give it that extra oomph it needs to help sell faster. The moment a potential buyer steps foot into your house, he/she should be able to envision living in the home. So, before staging your home, think about who would be more likely to buy your house. The easiest way to figure this out is to consider the type of house you’re selling.

If you’re selling a palatial 5-bedroom ranch style house, your target buyer will more than likely be families with children or people who plan to start a family. If you’re selling a 2-bedroom condominium, your potential buyer could be a single professional, a newlywed couple or a retiree. Figuring out who the potential buyer is should be on the top of every seller’s to-do-list.

Getting Started

The secret to successfully staging a home is to focus on what your potential buyer wants, and less on what you like. Do a little research on the latest trends your potential buyer would admire the most. Search in home decorating magazines and websites for the latest trends to get inspiration. Watch home decorating TV shows like HGTV. Pinterest is also a great place get ideas.

De-personalizing Your Interior

A home filled with a seller’s personal photos can be very distracting to a home buyer. Replace all of your photographs with neutrals. For example, replace them with photos of nature, city skylines, the beach, mountain views, local landmarks, the museum or the park. Or, you can simply replace your photos with photos of your house listing.

Remember, when a buyer tours your home for the first time, he/she will develop memories. So, first impressions are essential. When a buyer sees graduation photos, wedding photos, and other family photographs, it is very difficult to visualize living in the home.

Additionally, make sure you hide all mail, car keys, and other personal belongings. There is nothing more distracting than touring a kitchen that has mail sprawled out across the countertop. Make sure your countertops are clear of any objects. Interior design experts suggest putting away every day appliances, in addition to personal belongings. Personal items and appliances that are out of sight are out of mind. Remember, you are preparing to sell house, and not items at a garage sale.

De Clutter and Pre-Pack at the Same Time

Think about it, you’re going to eventually sell the house, right. Why wait until your house is sold to begin decluttering and packing.  Start off with decluttering one room at a time, so you can see progress. Decluttering each room, a little at a time, makes it more difficult to see any progress. This can be overwhelming and stressful. At Lexel moving, we can help the process go a lot smoother with our professional packing services.

Make Small Rooms Appear Larger

One effective way of helping home buyers fall in love with your house is to accentuate the positives and minimize the negatives. For example, make smaller rooms appear larger by using light colors on the walls and the floors.

Create the illusion of spaciousness by placing furniture away from the wall. Wallpaper or paint your ceiling to make the room appear taller. Create the illusion of order and structure in a room by color coding your shelves. Adding stripes to your décor can help make a room appear even more spacious.

Get rid of any furniture item that takes up a lot of space. One mistake many sellers make is keeping oversized furniture items in a room. This will automatically make a room appear smaller. Less is more when it comes to staging a home. Get rid of anything that eats up your square footage. Give your living space some breathing room.

If you plan to keep any of your oversized items, Lexel Moving can come to pick them up to create more space. We will keep them stored safely in our storage facility until the house is sold, and then deliver all the items with the main move.
We offer in-home moving/in-home staging packages at a flat rate of $199.00 for 2 men crew, 1.5 hours of labor with travel time included for all clients within a 25 mile radius. Pricing depends on the amount of furniture/packing, and the total size of the shipment.

Our crew can perform the pick up, and provide detailed inventory sheets that show every item picked up (including the condition of the item). This way you can check off items upon the delivery and make sure everything was delivered.

Use Photos and Video to Attract Online Interest

When selling a house, it’s crucial that it not only shows well offline, but it should photograph well for online buyers. Consider doing an online video tour or a digital walk through of your home. Consider hiring a professional videographer to film the inside and outside of your house. Or, you can film the video on your own. Just make sure you use a high-quality digital camera or a smartphone.

Then upload the video directly to Zillow or Trulia. Then promote the video on Facebook or Instagram and boost the post. Real estate posts that get the most exposure are the ones accompanied with a video.

When taking photo’s of your home, make sure there isn’t any visible clutter. It’s surprising how many real estate photos are taken with clutter in a room.

Avoid taking photos directly across from a mirror to avoid capturing your image. To show more footage of a room, take a photo of all three walls at one time. Don’t forget to wipe the lense before taking photos.

Lastly, make sure you hire a professional cleaning service to give your home a nice white glove treatment. Hiring a home cleaning company will help get rid of any scents lingering in the house, especially if you have pets. If you have carpets, make sure you get them professionally cleaned or replace them with hardwood flooring.

Tip: You may love the smell of scented candles, but your buyer may despise the smell. Instead, make a fresh batch of cookies. The smell of fresh baked cookies makes a person feel more at home when touring a house.

If you have any questions regarding our in-home moving/in-home staging packages, feel free to give us a call today at: 1(855) 605-7755.

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