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First impressions are important. Top agents all know that, and that's why quality staging is the key to a perfect open house. Something as simple as a cluttered nightstand or an icky paint color can turn a buyer into a walker. Truly successful staging is when you make the house look beautiful, and when you help the buyer imagine themselves living in the home. When you do these two things, you've made a positive impact. Here are 5 important tips to make sure your house is staged well, and your open house is perfect!
Staging is not about your personal style and aesthetic. Rather, you need to cater to the buyer or renter that you're trying to court. Always keep your main demographic in mind when putting together a successful staging plan. Be sure to discuss this with your agent; They'll have a strong grasp on the target demographic, and they'll know how to appeal to them.
Earlier, we said that successful staging means that the buyer can imagine themselves living in the house. However, that can be really hard when they see photos of another family! Make sure to pack up all family or personal photos in a safe place. That will help buyers feel one with the house, without Grandma watching over their shoulder from atop the staircase!
Considering the fact that first impressions are so important, it should be no surprise that the outside of your house should get a little love too! Small improvements to the exterior of the home can make the interior feel so much better! We have a large checklist of "curb appeal essentials" that range from power washing the driveway, cleaning the drains and gutters, replacing old window screens, and more. For the comprehensive checklist, send us an email today!
While it's true that most trends have a short lifespan, in staging it might be worth the risk. Typically, you can sell a home before any furniture or paint trend goes out of style. If a room needs a new paint job, don't be afraid to try out some trendy new colors. It will show that the previous owners cared about their house, and it will give the home a fresh look!
When staging, you want to show the full potential of how the space can be used. Try to use lots of functional furniture, while not overcrowding the room. Stay far away from overly bulky furniture, and grab lots of little and usable items. For example, get little nightstands, coffee tables, and armless side chairs.
Here's one more thing to keep in mind... Staging doesn’t have to break the bank! Remember to use your imagination and there are even a lot of DIY options when you’re staging your home. We hope you appreciated these tips. Keep them in mind, and your open house will be a hit! And like always, if you have any questions or need any help, don't hesitate to call.