The 6 Steps to Staging Your House
You’ve decided to sell your home. Chances are you wish to sell it as quickly as possible so that you can move forward. Hiring a qualified real estate professional like those at the Laura Castillo Group is your best first step. Afterwards, it’s time to focus on getting your house ready for potential buyers. These 6 steps to staging your house should help get you started down the right path.
Step One – Curb Appeal
Take an objective look at your home from the road out front. Is your home appealing? Does it look like a welcoming oasis or a jungle of un-kept plants and shrubbery? Mow your lawn regularly and discard the leftover debris. Have trees trimmed of dead branches and shrubbery trimmed to look neat.
Make sure that your house number is visible from the street. Pay attention to things like your postal box, weeds in the cracks of your sidewalk, and dirty siding. Pressure washing will do wonders to make things look clean and bright.
Step Two – Pack It Up
Begin packing the items in your home that you don’t use on a regular basis. Rent a storage unit to temporarily house your packed boxes. In the kitchen, pack away rarely used small appliances and extra dishes. Pack away extra sheets, blankets, and other household linens you won’t need.
Begin packing up books, personal décor, and family photos. Pack up extra toys, leaving out a small boxful to be played with during the home selling process.
Step Three – Bring Bedrooms Back
Often, we use spare bedrooms as storage rooms, fitness rooms, and offices. While this might work within the scope of your needs, you want potential home buyers to see these rooms as bedrooms. Consider renting a bedroom suite to use while your home is being sold.
Use furnishings that add to the rooms appeal. Watch out for beds that are too large or too many pieces of furniture. Don’t forget to use neutral colors that allow potential home buyers are opportunity to see themselves in that space.
Step Four – Declutter
Packing away unnecessary small appliances will begin the process of decluttering your kitchen. Pack away your cookbooks, extra spices, and kitchenware that is not needed. Take down magnets and photos from the refrigerator doors. Take extra care and organize canned goods. These are the things potential home buyers will notice.
Remove extra bottles and bars from your shower and bath areas. You may want to consider placing the bar of soap you’re using put away in a zipper bag when not in use. This extra step makes the room look neater. Take care each day to wipe down counters, the toilet, and the tub/shower.
Step Five – Cleaning & Patching
Look at your home with a critical eye. Make a list of things that need attention and proceed to have them fixed. Look at things like nail holes in the walls, missing pieces of tile, scuff marks on flooring, and dust on the ceiling fans.
Clean in places you wouldn’t normally think to clean. A home buyer will notice even the smallest bit of dirt. Clean behind and between appliances. Clean the grout in kitchen and bathroom tile. Have the carpets cleaned. Clean light fixtures, vents, and switch panels.
Step Six – Add Some Color
You want to begin with a neutral base when trying to sell your home. You might love those sunshine yellow walls, but a potential home buyer may find them unsightly. You only have one chance to make a good impression.
While you might want to stay away from brightly colored walls, a touch of color here and there can make rooms come alive. Choose wisely where to place the splashes of color. Hang or place folded accent towels in the bathroom. Plant a few colorful annuals in the front flowerbeds.
You can’t go wrong when you have a trusted friend in your corner who just so happens to be a real estate professional. The Laura Castillo Group can help you find the best ways to showcase your home so that it sells quickly. Contact them today at 806-401-4217.
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