- Remove YOUR personality from the home, but don’t remove your home’s personality. Keep things simple and neutral so that it’s easier for potential buyers to feel at home when they visit.
- A neutral palette is ideal throughout the home, and leave pops of color and subtle patterns to come through smaller accessories, regardless of the room.
- Air out your home thoroughly before scheduled visits and open houses. Use an air freshener at least an hour before to get rid of unpleasant odors, without leaving an offensive or bothersome masking scent behind.
- Focus extensively on marketing the kitchen and bathrooms, as these are the two most important rooms of any home, and play a huge role in the sale of a property.
- In other rooms of the home, ensure there is a constant flow in design, so that the eye doesn’t bounce around from one piece to another, but instead flows seamlessly — accomplished by avoiding abrupt changes in height.
- Keep this design rule in mind: pair tall with tall, narrow with narrow, and so on. For instance, accessorize the sofa with horizontal art, since the sofa is long and wide.
- Use odd numbers rather than pairs when accessorizing. For example, use three or five picture frames rather than two or four.
- Scale is vital. A small room looks best with fewer pieces, and each piece should be small in size, not bulky. A small family room with a bulky sofa set will make the room look tight, uncomfortable, and uninviting.
- Every room needs a focal point, even if it isn’t an architectural feature. If there is a fireplace in the room, it’s easy because it naturally becomes the focal point. When it’s lacking, you need to create one, such as with a bookcase that houses collectibles, for instance.
- In bedrooms, the foot of the bed should always be facing the door, unless there you have no other option because, if it’s crossing the doorway, it will make the room appear smaller, as it blocks the flow.
- Get more ambient lighting onto the ceiling by reversing the blind louvers to point upwards.
- Change light bulbs to enhance colors, making them more vivid and richer.
- If you have a lot of wood tones in your home, consider softening things up with some greenery.
- Engage all five senses of your visitors, as described in the next section of this guide.
- Most of all don’t make the house look “too staged.” It’s a good idea to not be so predictable and to use the tips in this guide to make sure your home is one all visitors and prospective buyers will remember.
Engage Your Visitors’ Five Senses
It is recommended that one consider engaging all five senses when trying to stage a home and sell it.
Most people can easily work with the sense of sight and will have no problem in furniture placement and defining the purpose of the room.
However, don’t ignore the other four senses of smell, hearing, touch, and taste, as these can each help you add an extra special something to help your home stand out in a prospective buyer’s mind. As for the smell of your home, have you opened up your windows? Are there noticeable pet odors? Are you using cleaners that are too harsh and really have a bad smell they emit?
Have you put out some fresh flowers? All these things can affect the smell of your home and should be considered before it is being shown to visitors. With regards to the sense of hearing are you listening to your house? Do you have squeaky floors or squeaky doors? Look into resolving these possible sound issues if you can.
Also consider, having special relaxing music playing in the background of rooms if possible. Regarding the sense of touch of, course people are going to touch things throughout your home.
Do you have all your fabric cleaned?
Is the wood dusted? As for the sense of taste, consider the food or beverage choices that are offered to prospective buyers visiting the home. People may remember various things about your home but they also remember if they had a fresh cup of coffee waiting for them or perhaps cold bottled water or fresh fruit tray they will remember these things when they see your home.