Tips to Stage Your Home and Wow Buyers

Getting ready to sell your home in The Triangle?  Before you start showing your home to buyers, take time to give your home some love!  Even the simplest home staging and sprucing can be the difference between a buyer that walks away and a buyer that's impressed.  These DIY staging tips can make your home stand out from the crowd.

The Exterior

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Give your home's exterior some attention to create a sense of welcoming so that your buyers are impressed before they even get out of the car!

Create curb appeal:

Before a buyer sets foot inside your house, they have to be impressed by the exterior.  Powerwash your siding and driveway, mow the lawn, weed or prune the garden, or plant some new flowers and shrubs.  Wash your windows, replace old house numbers, or replace a tired mailbox.

Make your porch welcoming:

An extension of your curb appeal is your porch.  Tidy up any furniture, buy a new welcome mat, add some potted flowers, and replace your doorknob if needed.  Leave your porch light on in the evenings, especially if you will be showing at night.

Spruce up outdoor areas:

Whether you have a large backyard or a cozy balcony, your outdoor areas should be attractive and inviting.  Help your buyers to envision a lifestyle by adding seating or dining areas such as chair and tables, a hammock, or even a fire pit.  Make sure gardens are cleaned up, the lawn is mown, and any fallen leaves or branches are removed.

Cleaning and Repairs

Nothing turns off a buyer like maintenance problems, lingering repair projects, or a home that's just not clean!  Don't lose out on a sale for an easily preventable reason.

Finish repair projects:

Nothing is more intimidating to a buyer than walking into an incomplete project!  No missing floorboards, crooked shingles, cracked windows, or any other sign that anything needs to be replaced or repaired.  Your home should appear in good maintenance from top to bottom.

Clear out the clutter:

Take some time to go through your closets, shelves, cabinets, and counters to clear out anything that's taking up space or making your rooms appear cramped, crowded, or dirty.  Donate clothes, partially empty your closets and cabinets to make them appear larger, or even rent a storage unit for furniture that is too large, unsightly, or mismatched.

Deep clean EVERYTHING:

Don't underestimate this!  It is an absolute necessity that your home sparkle.  Get all those hard-to-reach places, scrub dingy tiles and grout, deep clean the showers and tubs.  If you're not a fan of cleaning, hire a professional to help.  The results will be WELL worth the expense.  If you have a pet, you may need to steam clean your rugs or add some type of fragrance, such as soft-scented candles or potpourri, to mask pet odors.

Interior Decor

Now that you've created curb appeal, it's time to start looking for ways to impress your buyers once they step through the front door.

Depersonalize your decor:

Your home might have a certain style that you find tasteful - but not all home buyers have the same tastes in decor.  Neutral and simple are always best.  Repaint bold or bright colored walls with neutral colors.  Remove any personalized decor and replace with tasteful yet neutral art and centerpieces. You want to create the sense of a home that's lived in but not yours, as the idea is to allow buyers to imagine their own personalizations in your home.

Create balance with furniture:

Placement of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. Your furniture should not overcrowd the room or leave it feeling too open.  In some spaces, floating the furniture away from the walls can actually make rooms feel larger and creates a cozy, conversational feel.

The Final Details

Now's the fun part - the detailed staging and decorating that adds that "wow" factor, that sparkle, that bit of something special.  Just be sure to keep it simple!

Increase your lighting:

Make your home warm and welcoming by increasing the lighting - both natural and artificial - throughout your home.  Open windows if the weather is nice, or at least pull back the drapes to let in as much natural light as possible.  Increase the wattage of the bulbs in your lamps and fixtures, and aim for three types of lighting in every room - ambient (overhead), task (reading or under-cabinet lights), and accent (table or floor lamps).

Bring the outdoors inside:

Your decor might be neutral, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Bring in touches of greenery and color in the form of real or (tasteful) faux plants or clipped flowers.  This can help create a welcoming sense throughout the home.

Your Home Selling Resource

If you're ready to sell your Triangle home, then it's time to contact Zies Realty Group. These staging tips are just the beginning of the expert advice and knowledge we can use to help you successfully sell your home. Contact us today to get started!