If you’re selling a house and you want a relatively quick sale, staging should be a priority. This is the process of arranging and decorating a space to showcase its best features as well as create an inviting atmosphere. Primarily because you want potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the space.
While you should hire a professional if you can afford it, there’s no reason why you can’t do it yourself if you’re on a budget. Here are some steps you can follow to stage your apartment by yourself.
When you’re staging a property you want to start with creating a neutral environment that appeals to a broad range of potential buyers. For example, you don’t want to make it hard for a minimalist to consider your property a viable option because it’s filled with things. Or for a child-free couple to look elsewhere because it’s filled with children’s toys.
Take down all photos and pictures that have personal significance to you. In fact, remove any items that are specific to you or your family, such as trophies, awards, and personal collections.
While you’re at it, declutter. You can simplify the process by using the Four-Box Method. Label four boxes in these categories: donate, keep, sell, and throw out/recycle. Then place each item in the appropriate box as you go through your house.
Appeal to The Senses
One of the easiest ways to get most people to part with money is to appeal to their senses. There are several ways to approach this when staging a property.
Sight: A clean well-lit space with some fresh flowers or plants.
Sound: Soft background music or an open window that lets in the sound of birds chirping and leaves rustling.
Smell: Air fresheners or scented candles with subtle scents like lavender, vanilla, or citrus.
Touch: Soft blankets, plush pillows, and fluffy rugs.
Taste: Freshly baked cookies, a pitcher of lemonade, or some tea.
Space is a major consideration for most buyers when they’re looking at properties. Arranging furniture in a way that maximizes space can make a big difference in how potential buyers perceive a property.
First, consider the room’s purpose. For example, in a dining area, the dining table should be the focal point of the room around which everything else is positioned to maximize space.
In particular, keep traffic flow in mind. You want there to be enough space for people to move around the room without bumping into furniture, so arrange furniture in a way that allows for clear pathways without blocking doorways or windows.
Don’t Forget Curb Appeal
First impressions are crucial, so make sure your property looks attractive on the outside too.
Remove any debris, leaves, or branches from the lawn and trim overgrown shrubs or trees.
Consider painting the front door, and adding a new doormat.
Any visible signs of damage, such as cracked windows should be fixed.
Overall, staging a house is about creating a space that feels welcoming and comfortable to potential buyers or renters. By following these steps, you can increase your chances for a quick sale on the real estate market.