5 Tips For Successful Staging

Home Improvement

Did you know that providing staging and professional photos for online viewers means less time on the market and a higher sales price?

In the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 62 percent of sellers say that home staging decreases the time a home is on the market. In the same report, 44 percent of buyer agents reported that staging a home increases its value by up to 10 percent

Here are five tips that can quickly enhance the beauty of a listing and move it off the market faster and at top dollar.

#1: Enhance Curb Appeal

Most buyers don’t want to go inside a home if they don’t like what they see from the car. Create a good first impression by power-washing siding, walkways and windows, and repainting or staining the deck. In the winter months, remove leaves and debris from the driveway; in the springtime, mow the lawn and plant flowers. Consider a new front door (or just a new coat of paint) and doormat, as well as a potted plants on the porch.  And don't forget to trim those shrubs and trees.

#2: Make It Sparkle

Dust surfaces, polish floors and take the time to clean every window inside and out. Wipe and polish counters, and check lamps and fans for dust. Make sure even the highest corners and window ledges are free of dust.

#3: Declutter

Clear floors and surfaces to create the feeling of more space - this includes removing unnecessary furniture. Tidy closets, leaving 20 to 30 percent of open room and adequate storage – a common top requirement on buyers’ priority lists.

#4: Control the focus.

Furniture and accessories should be clean, comfortable and fresh. It's best to use neutral shades and then choose a few large and colorful focal points. For darker homes, use materials like glass, chrome, silver and crystal to give the illusion of space and light.  Add fresh flowers to add life and accentuate color schemes.

#5: Depersonalize

Staging experts stress the importance of removing family photos, hunting trophies and celebrity or political fanfare. “If you have a photograph with a top Republican leader and the person looking at your home is a Democrat, they might not see themselves living in your home as readily.”