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Let’s be honest, when we get to the point where we’re ready to sell our home, we want to sell it now and sell it for the most money possible, right? No one likes keeping their house ready for a potential buyer to come at any moment. While realtors will help you set the right price, interior designers will help you staged for immediate impact.

Let’s be honest, when we get to the point where we’re ready to sell our home, we want to sell it now and sell it for the most money possible, right? No one likes keeping their house ready for a potential buyer to come at any moment. While realtors will help you set the right price, interior designers will help you staged for immediate impact.

Here are 7 important keys to staging your home. Some people will be able to do this themselves while others will need a designer to help them prepare for the sale. Just remember that you only get 1 opportunity and a first impression!

Key #1 – Depersonalize Your Home

First things first, make sure to take the home out of your house. The goal of home staging is to make buyers envision themselves living in your home. Therefore, you need to look at every detail with a visitor’s eye. Remove personal items such as family photos and refrigerator art in order to provide the right vision for potential homebuyers. 

Key #2 – Make Small Repairs and Upgrades

Small repairs and upgrades can have a tremendous impact when it comes to putting your home on the market. A leaky faucet or piece of missing baseboard may not seem like a big deal, but when your home is in good repair it sends the message that your home is well cared for. Take the time to fix broken items and make small repairs around your home. For smaller upgrades, experts at HGTV recommend adding new doors and drawer fronts instead of buying new cabinets to give your kitchen that remodeled appearance.

Key #3 – Paint With Neutral Colors

Painting is one of the least expensive things you can do and it makes the biggest impact. New paint just gives everything a fresh look and feel. Using several colors throughout the house is fine, as long as they complement each other and the overall integrity of the house. Use neutral colors such as beige, white, off-white and gray because they create inviting living spaces and attract more buyers. Colors to avoid include pink, lime green or lavender because they evoke strong emotions.

Key #4 – Curb Appeal

More often than not, if a potential homebuyer is not impressed with the outside of your home, getting them to be impressed with the inside might be difficult. Make sure that the outside – the curb appeal – is on your readiness checklist. It’s important to spruce up your yard, both the front and back. By simply mowing the yard, clearing shrubs and adding some flowers, homeowners can generally get a 100 percent return on their money. 

Key #5 – Brighten It Up

Homebuyers continually cite good lighting as an important factor in their buying decisions, and it’s important to pay attention to what your customers want. Experts at HGTV recommend using three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall). In the end, a well-lit home will give off a cheerful vibe for potential homebuyers.

Key #6 – Clean and Declutter

They say cleanliness is next to godliness, and when it comes to staging your home for sale, a little elbow grease goes a long way. People tend to underestimate how much tidying needs to be done. As one of the more important things you can do, cleaning and removing clutter is a major component to attracting buyers and getting your home sold. A good rule of thumb: for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave.

Key #7 – Define the Space

To maximize a home’s square footage and make every inch look like usable space, experts recommend clearly defining each room’s purpose.  Experts recommend turning spaces like attics into offices or a basement into an entertainment room in order to minimize confusion and transform your home’s awkward spots into selling points.

Again, for some of you these will be easy steps. For others, you need the help of an expert. If you’d like assistance, please contact Rachel at rachel@interiorcreationsbyrachel.com to assist you in getting your home sold quickly and for the most money possible. Check out more about Rachel at her web site – www.interiorcreationsbyrachel.com