Staging Your Home to Sell

dreamstime_xxl_30589662If you want to sell your home fast, you need to stage it! Many people hire professional stagers, but if you follow these simple steps, you can save money!

Cut all emotional ties. In order to make your home appealing to potential homebuyers, you need to look at your house objectively.  During this process, try to accept the fact that you will likely need to make changes to your house that may not necessarily appeal to you.  Remember that these changes will sell your home fast!

Do your own walk-through. Walk through your home as if you were the buyer.  Take a pencil and paper to write down all of your objective opinions regarding the things that need to be done.

Update your home. Tackle those weekend projects. Improvements such as painting, retiling, replacing fixtures and knobs, as well as cleaning or replacing floors will make buyers much more interested in buying your home.

Improve curb-appeal.  If a house is not appealing on the outside, then buyers assume that it is not going to be appealing on the inside.  So, make your home more inviting.  Trim your lawn, plant fresh flowers, and paint an old fence.  Buyers will be much more interested in touring your home.

De-clutter.  Make your home seem more spacious for homebuyers. De-clutter your rooms, closets, drawers, and countertops.  Consider storing your extra belongings at STORExpress until you are ready to move.

Take down wallpaper.  Wallpaper has become a thing of the past.  Not only does wallpaper give your home an out-dated look, but it is often very personalized and can turn buyers away immediately.

Let there be light.  Light gives homes a very spacious and open feel, so brighten it up.  Increase the bulb wattage in your lamps, clean your windows, and trim any outside brush that may be blocking light from entering your home.

De-personalize.  Remove family photos, awards, certificates, and refrigerator magnets.  These things are a sure indication that this is your home, and homebuyers need to feel like it’s theirs.

And remember, when you are ready to stage your home and store your belongings, our staff and the services offered at our ten Pittsburgh locations can help!