According to Bloomberg, home sales in the United States are increasing at a healthier rate than they have in years. In April 2014, sales of homes increased by 1.3%, bringing the annualized total to 4.65 million. In other words, if you’re a homeowner looking to attract home buyers and move on, there is no better time than now.
Of course, even with a market that is increasingly good for sellers, selling a home still takes a bit of finesse, not to mention patience. With our four tips to home staging, you can take a lot of the hard work out of attracting other Americans who are looking to buy or build a home.
Four Home Staging Tips That Can Help You Sell Your Home in a Hurry
- Hide Your Personal Items
- Give Everything a Good Scrubbing
- Make Passersby Take Notice of Your Beautiful Home
- Preserve the Balance Between Sterile and Lived-in
As BankRate writes, one of the best things you can do in home staging is remove your personal items from sight. Obviously, this includes things like clothing, jackets, and the like, but you should also put away family pictures. The idea here is to make your house look like a model home.
Grime, as HGTV points out, is the enemy of any homeowner looking to make a great first impression during a showing. Scrub your bathroom walls and your shower door. Mop the floors and bleach the counters. No potential home buyer is going to consider purchasing a home that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a decade.
In the world of real estate, you’ll often hear the term “curb appeal” thrown around. Quite simply, curb appeal speaks to how attractive your home looks to people walking or driving by — in other words, how good your home looks from the curb. Putting a new coat of paint on your house, washing the windows, sweeping the porch: all of these can increase your curb appeal, and that can improve your chances of making a sale.
One of the things the pros do so well when showing homes or condos for sale is walking the line between a clean home and one that looks like people actually live there. Potential buyers don’t want something that looks as sterile as a hospital. They want something they can imagine their own family living in, and preserving that balance between clean and lived-in can help craft the fantasy.
Do you work in real estate? Have you recently sold your home? What home staging tips do you have to share? Let us know in the comments below! Learn more about this topic here.