While you’re getting ready for your big move, your realtor will need you to prepare your home for selling visually. To do this, you’ll need to do some “staging,” which basically means to decorate your home in a way that highlights its most impressive features.
Making sure your home is adequately staged will help potential home buyers imagine themselves living there and make their home-buying decision much more manageable.
Whether you’re in the middle of checking off your packing checklist, or your home is already packed up, there are several vital steps to keep in mind when staging your home for a viewing.
Declutter your home
You’ll likely need to first declutter your home before being able to stage anything. This is often the best time to begin the packing process, too. Start with the easiest places to declutter and downsize, like bedrooms and the kitchen.
Sort through and put items you know you don’t want anymore in a pile, and then organize the rest of your things nicely. If you’re already packing up your house, you can store boxes in closets or the garage — anywhere but the bedrooms or your home’s major rooms.
Make the space less personalized to your family
It can be challenging for others to imagine their lives in your house if your family photos are still on the walls. When it’s personalized to you, it feels like someone else is living there, which doesn’t help sell your home.
Remove posters or family photos during a walk-through or open house. If you’re not ready to pack these items away, you can always discreetly stow away personal items under the bed or in a closet for a brief time, then bring them out afterward.
Do those smaller renovations you’ve been putting off
Are your kitchen countertops extremely outdated? Maybe your front and back doors are damaged? If you’ve meant to replace or repaint things, now is the best time to take care of it. You want your home to look as beautiful as possible for potential buyers who are eying every little detail.
Do your research on the best type of material to use for renovating your kitchen countertops, but since you’re moving, you don’t have to stress if you’re going to love the remodeled countertops forever.
Take time with the exterior
You’ll want to make a great first impression with potential buyers, so spend a bit of time freshening up your home’s exterior. A fresh coat of paint on your house’s trim gives it an extra sparkle — or give your house a whole fresh coat of paint.
Wipe down fences and rinse off the walkway, the driveway, and the sidewalk in front of your house to keep the ground looking clean. To enhance the curb appeal, maintain your front yard by mowing the lawn, trimming trees or bushes, and adding a few plants.
Do some deep cleaning
If you weren’t already in the habit of regularly deep cleaning your house, you’ll want to invest a little money (or some elbow grease) to deep clean your bathrooms, kitchen floors, and even the carpet.
By deep cleaning your house, potential buyers won’t be turned off when they inspect the floors and little nooks and crannies in your bathroom (which they will). And if this level of detailed cleaning is too much for you to handle while also packing up your house, there are plenty of house cleaning services to help you out.
Add a few finishing touches to the interior
While it’s best to remove personal items while staging, you should consider adding new items to decorate and make your house trendy. These items include area rugs, candles, mirrors, minimalist art decor, and towels.
You can also decorate the kitchen with visually-appealing cookbooks or jars for baking supplies. If you have flowers, keep them fresh instead of fake, and replace them for each showing or open house.
Hire a home stager to do the design work for you
If you have a larger budget, you can skip a lot of the hard work that comes with staging your home by hiring a professional team of home stagers. Your real estate agent will likely have some good recommendations for consultants to engage or do your research to find the best home stagers in your area. Working with a professional home stager will ensure that you can focus your time and effort on packing your home, while they focus on making your home as appealing as possible.
Once you’ve sold your home and ready to move, we’re here to make the moving process as smooth and efficient as possible! Call The Home Team to get a free estimate on your move and use code STAGING for 15% off!