Time and time again, staging a property prior to sale proves to reap its rewards. Bringing in, on average, up to 8% more in profit at its time of sale, a well staged house doesn’t necessarily require the work of a professional, but there are some definite dos and don’ts.
Do: Play up the best features of your home. Whether its crown moldings, vintage tile work, a ton of windows, or beautiful hardwood floors, homeowners want to accentuate those fundamental details that set their home apart from the rest.
Don’t: Forget about curb appeal. Your home’s overall value is profoundly impacted by the general look and feel of its exterior. Don’t have a lawn that needs pruning? This principle can extend to your house’s front door. Simple and inexpensive changes include a paint refresher, updating an existing knob and knocker, laying down a welcome mat, or even adding a wreath or door ornament.
A brass lobster door knocker by Michael Healy, available for purchase here.
Do: Remove clutter. Clear out photographs, unnecessary decor and furniture, and personal mementos that can take up space, make an interior feel smaller, or prevent a potential buyer from visualizing themselves living there.
Don’t: Compose rooms without intention. That spare bedroom that also functions as a home office and workout space needs to be defined. Craft interior spaces with a clear and definitive purpose to spare home buyers the guess work. This includes the thoughtful placement of home accessories which can better illustrate a room’s value.
Do: Let in (or bring in) the light. A lack of light can easily make a room feel smaller, so if you’re home falls short when it comes to windows, bring in light sources to compensate. Fixtures that vary in height add dimension to a space’s design, and it’s always a good idea to consider a room’s layout and purposes before adding light sources. A lamp can seamlessly create a defined space within a space, so putting some thought into this is a must.
Don’t: Paint your interiors in excessively dark, bold or bright colors. Color preference is entirely subjective, so paint walls in neutrals to appeal to a larger audience.
Do: Remember that smell affects perception. Rooted in science and psychology, a person’s sense of smell (and what they smell) impacts mood, memory, and emotion. Five great simmer pot options are mentioned in this article on Apartment Therapy.