Thanks to historically low mortgage rates, the current housing market is a seller’s market. The demand for houses cannot meet the supply, and thanks to this, home prices remain on the rise.
You see this, and you think it’s time to sell. Good for you. That means you’re smart and know how the market works for you. Putting your house on the market also means you have to stage your home.
Home staging is an important tool for selling. Thanks to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions associated with it, you may not be able to receive an in-home staging consultation.
Don’t worry. There is remote home staging available that will help make your home enticing to any potential buyer. Read on for seven tips that will make your remote home staging successful.
1. Clean, Clean, Clean
There are basics for how to stage a house that you need to do whether or not you’re seeking a remote home staging consultation. No matter what else you do, you need to clean your home.
The sellers’ market may mean you will receive rapid, multiple offers. Get the highest offer you can by presenting a clean, organized home. Buyers are often turned off by a messy, cluttered home.
This means that you have to wash your windows. You need to clean and vacuum the carpets. Make sure the kitchen sparkles. Get rid of any excess clutter.
House staging is not only about making your home presentable to a buyer, it’s about giving them space to imagine how it would look if they owned it.
2. Curb Appeal
The first thing any potential home buyer sees is your home’s exterior. You need to make sure to mow your lawn. Prune any trees. Clip your hedges. If you have a porch or front stoop, consider power washing. Fill planters with flowers or get rid of them. Don’t leave pots of dirt by your front entry!
Before you put your home on the market, make any exterior repairs. Clean your siding and trim. You need to do everything you can to ensure a buyer sees what your home could look like if they owned it.
3. Go Generic
If you still live in your home while you’re showing it, this might be harder to do. You can still do it. Try your best to remove any personal touches in your home like family photographs or refrigerator hangings.
Store your clothes in a place where potential buyers can’t see them, and keep your bathroom items out of sight. Remove any religious items that may offend any buyer’s sensibilities.
Though you want your staged home to reflect its warmth and comfort, you want to give any potential buyer the mental space they need to picture their personal touches.
Should you seek Covid-19 safe home staging help, your designer will assess every room from a remote location. You will be asked to take photographs and videos of each room so the designer can then get to work helping you stage.
From there you’ll receive an expert strategy for how to stage. There are certain areas and rooms in your home that take priority in your staging design.
The entryway, living room, family room, kitchen, and master bedroom are the spaces that are a high priority for staging. These are the rooms and spaces where a potential home buyer make their judgment.
While spare rooms, offices, and guest bedrooms need to be free of clutter and clean, these are not the rooms that make or break a buyer’s decision to offer.
Many homebuyers will overlook aspects of these other less important rooms if they fall in love with a kitchen, a living room, or a master bedroom.
5. Set Your Table
Given the amount of money you may spend on repairs, painting, and professional cleaning you want a cost-effective home staging strategy. When you consult a professional designer, they’ll give you cost-cutting ideas that work.
One trick that home sellers and realtors use for staging is to set the kitchen or dining room table.
You’ll want to set your table with a linen table cloth, your best silverware, napkins, plates, and glasses. This works to create a welcoming, homey atmosphere after you’ve eliminated all the personal items that can distract a buyer.
6. Go Neutral
If your home design sensibilities are bright colors, consider a fresh coat of neutral colors before you put your home on the market. Many home sellers put down a fresh coat of paint to eliminate scratches and marks that come from years of living.
When you do this, opt for white, grey, or beige. Though your tastes may be quirky and fun, these can distract buyers from seeing their design ideas reflected in your home.
Where possible, and especially in the rooms that are a priority, it’s best to stage a blank canvas.
Flowers make a great staging tool. Any designer will tell you this. They serve multiple functions. They help make a de-personalized room warm and homey without distraction. Flowers brighten up spaces that look empty and sterile.
They also smell great. Aside from design considerations, you want your home to smell fresh and clean. After you’ve scrubbed your home from top to bottom, flowers add natural fragrance to a home that might smell too much like cleaning products.
Home Staging Is About Selling
The US housing market continues to favor sellers and with continued low-interest rates and shows no signs of immediate change. This might be the time for you to cash in on your investment and put your house up for sale.
When you invite buyers in, effective home staging is what will get you the highest offers.
In normal times, a designer could help you with an in-person consultation. These are not normal times. For your safety, we offer the best in remote home staging. Contact us today to set up a consultation.