Your home may be one of your largest assets, and you certainly want to take steps to get the best price possible for it when you sell. In addition, you may have plans to purchase a new home when you list your home, so you may need for your house to sell quickly. Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers. While there are dozens of staging tips and ideas that you may use, here are a few that are rather simple and affordable.
Give Each Room a Single Purpose
You may have several rooms that have multiple uses. For example, you may have a work desk placed in the master bedroom, or a section of the living room may be designated as a kids' play area. While this may be functional for how your family lives, it can confuse buyers. Buyers need to be able to walk into a room and imagine their own family living in the area. They may not have a need or use for a desk in the master bedroom, and this can confuse the use of the space.
It also can make a room look smaller and more cramped than it is.
De-Clutter Your Rooms
In addition to defining a single use for each room, you should also de-clutter everywhere. Depending how long you have lived in your home and how significant your periodic spring cleaning sessions have been, this can be a major undertaking. As a good rule of thumb, items that have not been used in more than six months may need to be donated or tossed away. The exception to this rule is seasonal items, like winter coats, pool toys or holiday décor. Keep in mind that buyers may open cabinets,drawers and closets, so your cleaning session should be thorough and not superficial.
Pack Away Personal Belongings
A final step is to pack away personal belongings. Everything from religious symbols like crosses, to a family photo over the mantel, should be packed in boxes and hidden away in the attic or basement closet. Your goal is to make your home look like any family could live there rather than to make it look like your home. Only decorative items that have a broad or universal appeal should remain.
When a home is properly staged, it may feel as though your home is not your own and even as though you are camping out in your own home. Keep in mind that staging can help you to sell your home as quickly as possible and to get the highest bid possible. Therefore, your effort is well worthwhile.