It’s a sad fact that our economy is not what it once was and selling a home has become somewhat difficult, if not impossible. That means, if you’re looking to sell your home, you’re going to need to create advantages for your home so it is more attractive than the local competition. While curb appeal is vital and should be something to consider, we’re going to focus on the inside of your home and give you some interior decorating home staging tips.
Go White – Or at Least Neutral
Homebuyers are often looking at a home that will accommodate their furniture. While they often envision elaborate remodelling projects, they can have a difficult time picturing their peach-coloured couch against your living room’s red accent wall. It’s sometimes difficult to let go of your well thought out decorating scheme, it’s essential that you think neutral for resale. If the home will have furniture in it while you’re trying to sell, look for neutral pieces or find ways to cover your colour scheme. Replace bedding with light neutrals that will not only fit with the neutral plan but will also make the room look bigger.
If You Can’t Clean It – Paint It
Cleaning your home from top to bottom is essential for home sales. Hiring a professional is typically a good idea because they will see dirt and grime that you often overlook. But there are situations where you may not be able to get your home as clean as you want if you have areas that are too difficult to clean, a fresh coat of paint may do the trick.
Make Your Rooms Look Bigger
Most homebuyers are looking for a larger space, one of the top home staging tips is to remove all of your accessories and extra furniture to open up the room a little and give it the illusion of space. If you have a small bathroom, consider replacing the vanity with a pedestal sink which looks sleek and functional and provides a lot more floor space. Make sure that every light fixture works and has enough light to illuminate dark corners, this also adds visual space to the room.
Warm Up the Fireplace
Outdated and dirty fireplaces are not appealing, but a new fireplace is. You can make your fireplace look new by replacing the screen, scrubbing the inside and then polishing the interior with a stone colour enhancer. You can even make a large, outdated brick wall look better by using a painting colour wash technique.
Replace the Hardware
Old, outdated hardware can really take away from what may be attractive cabinets or cupboards. Replace your hardware with something that is very neutral (remember home staging tip number one) and simple. New handles and door furniture can drastically improve the look of your home.
Go Stainless Steel
Stainless steel appliances are still a huge hit with home buyers. If you have stainless steel appliances, make sure they’re cleaned and polished and really shine. For people that don’t have them and who don’t want to spend the money buying new appliances, check to see if there are new panels you can buy in stainless steel. This isn’t always an option, but if it is it’s sure a quick and easy way to update the look of your kitchen.
By removing your personality and your decorating style you’ll stand a greater chance of selling your home. You also want to emphasize the highlights, diminish the flaws and make the rooms look bigger.
Do you have any home staging tips that you would add to this list? Which is your favourite?