Buyers have high expectations these days and statistics show that staged homes sell faster and for top dollar compared to an unstaged home.
After a long winter, what better time to sell a home than the springtime?
With the flowers blooming and the weather changing people can be more motivated to purchase. With the springtime comes change, which means there may need to be some updates to your house to get it in the best shape possible for potential buyers.
Here are a few spring home staging tips to help you sell your home fast:
1. Focus on the exterior of the house first
Winter likely brought you loads of precipitation, scattering wilted leaves all over your yard. It’s time to clean that mess up! Good landscaping shows that you care about the quality and appearance of the home inside and out. Also keep in mind that landscaping can increase resale value by up to 14 percent.
Even before potential buyers walk into your home, they are making judgments of the curb appeal – so make it a good one! It is important to clean up dead leaves, trim overgrown trees and plants so they do not take away from the appearance of the home. Make sure the lawn is freshly mowed and eliminate lawn ornaments as potential buyers need to imagine the home as their own. After a tough winter, I’m sure your house has seen better days. A quick power wash can revitalize your home in a cost-effective manner.
2. Entryway means business
After you’ve attacked the lawn and exterior, move on to what the buyer will see next as they come into your home. You only have one chance to make a first impression so make it a good one! Spruce up the front entryway with a warm bench filled with the coziest pillows, or even find the perfect runner rug to guide the potential buyers into the home.
Greenery is the perfect entrance accessory, so consider a large fiddle leaf tree or add other greenery to your home. Natural floral aroma provides a fresh, clean scent to your home and provokes happiness. Try including a floral arrangement on your kitchen table or on an accent table.
With spring comes the sunshine, which means you might be able to open your windows. Take down any old blinds that could hold dust and make the home feel dull or dated.
It is key that the potential buyers have every opportunity to imagine the home as their own. Make sure to declutter and clean, but consider a unique canvas or a neutral wall hanging that could temporarily add life to the home. Help the potential buyer envision his or her own belongings in the home!
4. Stage, stage, stage
Home staging has become necessary in the real estate world and is an integral part in selling a home. Buyers have high expectations these days and statistics show that staged homes sell faster and for top dollar compared to an unstaged home. Staging can be the difference between your house staying on the market for five days or five months! Many staging companies will offer a service to bring in and arrange the furniture in a way that optimizes the flow of the house. Staging highlights the home’s best features and downplays its flaws.
5. Professional photos are key
After you have tackled the tips above, it’s time invest in professional photos. A buyer’s journey almost always starts online, so don’t cheap out on the photos. According to the National Association of Realtors, 88 percent of buyers look at properties online first. The number is even higher for Millennials —who make up the largest portion of first-time home buyers at 66 percent. A staggering 99 percent of Millennials begin their search online. As such, it’s crucial to get professional photos done!