Hi Everyone! I’m Katrina, and I am Templeton’s home staging coordinator. Today, I will be sharing a few tips to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses, and appeal to prospective buyers.
First, let’s start with Curb Appeal. The exterior is the first thing a buyer will see. Stowaway garden hoses, unsightly planter boxes, trash cans, and bbq grills. Remove dead shrubs and bushes, and sweep off the driveway, front entry, and back patio. Place a new welcome mat at the front door and voila!
Paint is one of the least expensive ways to add value to your home. We recommend painting the majority of your home the same color. It provides a more well maintained, seamless look. When every bedroom or bathroom is a different color, it gives the feeling of mixed emotions and room specific paint choices are distracting.
Bold colors have a tendency to reduce offers as well. Cool colors do not appeal to everyone, so I recommend a warm neutral paint for your walls. The right paint color will add emotional value as the buyer tours your home and envisions living in it. A few of our top go-to paint colors for home staging are:
SW Agreeable Gray: it is a light gray with a warm greige undertone.
SW Creamy: off white with warm undertones. It’s a modern and fresh, versatile color that appeals to younger and older generations.
SW Accessible Beige: is a beige paint color with gray undertones. It’s a soft, subtle neutral.
De-clutter and organize
One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to de-clutter and organize. This includes removing collectible items, family photos, pet items (such as food bowls, beds, and toys). Stowaway trashcans, and personal items. Removing all appliances from countertops and removing some furniture allows the home to look bigger. Buyers will most likely look into cabinets and closets so be sure to tidy up shelves and have sheets and towels neatly folded. A benefit of cleaning the clutter will help you to get a jump start on packing for your move into your new home!
Make awkward spaces functional
Staging unique rooms or areas gives the potential buyer answers and ideas rather than leaving them with questions. For instance, this area is at the top of a stairwell between two bedrooms.
I showcased this space as a small office with a writing desk, upholstered chair, floor lamp, artwork, and accents. Now, this space adds value to the home and is a feature buyers are sure to remember.
A clean home is a sold home!
I highly recommend hiring professional cleaners to do the job right! You want every square inch to shine, from the carpet to the windows, from the baseboards to the light fixtures. A squeaky clean home tells the buyer that the current tenants took good care of the property.
I hope our tips help you go from “ready to sell” to “sold”!
Have a great day!