If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, one of the easiest ways to bring value to your home is by staging it with furniture and decorations. But how do you stage your home while you’re still living there? While it may sound challenging, staging your home while living in it can be simple and even make the move a bit easier.
8 Tips for How to Stage Your Home While Living In It
Before you begin staging your home, take some time to go through each room and pack, donate, or throw away any items that you no longer need. When staging your home, the less you have, the more appealing it will be to the buyer. By taking the time to declutter before the home is sold, you are making the move easier on yourself too.
After years of living in your home and making it your own, taking down your personal touches and family photos may be difficult, but it is a part of the process. To effectively stage your home, it needs to be a blank canvas where the buyer can imagine their own lives taking place.
While your family photos and personal items should be removed, we still want buyers to be attracted to the space. Consider hanging artwork to any blank walls to add a pop-up color. When choosing artwork, remember to choose pieces that are size appropriate for the wall. You do not want a tiny canvas on a huge wall and vice versa.
When walking through a home, buyers do not want to be distracted by clutter and messes. Once your home is decluttered, deep clean every room and give extra attention to corners, windows, and hard-to-reach areas. Homes that are clean are more inviting to potential buyers.
Strengthen Curb Appeal
First impressions are important and your home’s curb appeal can make or break a decision. Take the time to strengthen your curb appeal by planting flowers, pruning shrubs and bushes, and making sure the grass is in tip-top shape.
Built-in cabinets, bookshelves, and large closets are a great selling point. Highlight your built-in options by displaying a few books or plants. To show off your storage options, be sure to declutter and keep your closets neat. You can purchase baskets, bins, and shoe racks to create a versatile closet space.
Erase Signs of Pets
While a pet can make a house a home, pet fur and odors can be a major turn-off for buyers. Be sure to thoroughly clean furniture and rooms where your pets spend most of their time and add air fresheners throughout the home. If you have buyers coming over, take the time to take your pet for a walk around the neighborhood.
Whether it is a minor repair like touching up paint or a major repair like replacing the roof, tackling repairs while you still live at home and for future buyers is worth the investment. After all, your home will undergo a home inspection prior to being sold anyway.
Still Looking for Answers?
Selling your home can be an emotional process, especially if you have lived there for years. If you are looking to stage your home, but are not sure where to start, we can help. To learn more about the home selling process and how to get your home ready for the market, contact our team at Millennial Title for more information.