When it comes to staging a house to sell, it's all in the details. Here are some tips to turn up the charm and help would-be buyers envision your house and their new home.
Make it memorable
Every real estate agent will tell you curb appeal is important. But it doesn't stop there. Make sure buyers remember your home from the countless others they visit by adding a bit of flair out front. For example, paint your front door a bold color. That way, when buyers are talking about the jumble of homes they saw that day, they can say, “I liked the house with the red door.”
Set the stage
Stage the rooms to give buyers what they want. If you are currently using the spare room as an office, consider morphing it back into a bedroom, so people can envision this room as their guest room. You don’t need to spend a lot of money buying furniture to stage; stack two air mattresses to create a faux bed, and use a side table as a nightstand. Don’t forget to hang some art and add a houseplant or two to make it feel polished and homey.
Clear the clutter
You don’t want an empty house, but it's wise to remove about a fourth of the furniture, a third of the books and half of the knickknacks. Remember, people will want to see the storage places, so make sure closets, cabinets, pantries, and even the medicine cabinets are uncluttered and well organized. If you need to stash stuff, stick it under a bed or in the washer or dryer.
Choose the right accessories
Stat by taking away one half to one-third away. Cluster items together in groups of three. Buy houseplants, or place a bowl of lemons on the center of the table for a pop of color. To give the illusion of higher ceilings and larger windows, hang curtains from as high as possible.
Light it right
Lighting can make or break a first impression. Don’t rely on overhead lights. Instead, use ambient lighting at different levels throughout the room—strategically placed floor and table lamps. Consider getting a dimmer that you can attach to lamps to adjust the lighting throughout the day.
Put on the finishing touches
Simple things can make a big difference when trying to make a house feel like a home. Get white linens and a fluffy white comforter for your bed, and give the bedroom a clean, crisp look. Drape a colorful throw over your couch, and plump up the pillows.
And when you’re ready to take the next step and buy (or sell) a home in Colorado, contact us to learn more about how we can help.