Deana Wilson, GRI-Broker-Eagles Academy of Real Estate Director, National Association of REALTORS®. “2021 Profile of Home Staging.” Accessed Dec. 28, 2021.
According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2019 Profile of Home Staging, staging the living room was found to be most important for buyers (47%), followed by staging the master bedroom (42%) and then staging the kitchen (35%). It makes it easier for the buyer to visualize the property as a future home.
Many real estate agents know how important staging is even in a fast-moving market. It should be one more marketing tool in their toolbox to get a home sold. But for those who don’t, there are courses and designations an agent can earn.
Here are some tips for staging a home that anyone can do:
Clean your home from top to bottom. Kitchen, appliances especially if older, must be clean. Declutter the counters. Clean bathrooms are a must. Consider changing the toilet seat and re-caulking tubs.
Remove the clutter and remove as many of your personal pictures as possible. Buyers want to visualize their future home, not yours. Declutter your closets, make small closets look bigger by removing excess clothes. If possible, remove excess furniture, it will make your rooms look larger.
Have your carpets and floors cleaned. A stained carpet is big turn-off.
Eliminate smells, especially those of pets. Make sure their bedding is clean. Keep the dishes clean and put away. Take trash out frequently to keep the smells from permeating the air.
Look at your curb appeal. Make sure flower beds are weeded, shrubs trimmed, and lawn décor is a minimum. Powerwash the exterior if needed and make sure your windows and doors are clean. A new welcome mat is a nice touch.
Remember the buyers are looking for “their” dream home, not yours.
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