Most sellers won’t be able to sell their homes without at least a few showings or open houses, and a buyer’s decision to make an offer often comes down to how well the rooms are staged. Our favorite tip in any season: Stage your home from the outside in. Most buyers begin their search scouting neighborhoods to see what’s available. A freshly painted front door, visible house numbers, a raked lawn and clean windows are just a few keys to staging your home.
Here are five more ways to set the stage for a home sale:
- To get house hunters to your doorstep, you’ll need to set the right price. Do your own comparative market analysis and assess what homes in your neighborhood like yours are worth.
- Are you guessing what the labels on your microwave buttons used to say? Brand new and updated kitchen appliances are smart investments. Pepper your listing with details that buyers search for.
- Less is more. Instead of shuffling furniture from one area of the house to another, put extra items in storage until your house is sold.
- Red walls may be all the rage, but all buyers will see is the time and energy it will take to repaint. Neutral colors, like a blank canvas, inspire buyers to visualize color choices they’ll make as owners. Watch our staging hints video.
- Shorter days and grey skies mean you’ll need to compensate for the lack of sunshine. Well-lit rooms look larger and more inviting, in photos and in person. Try these seasonal staging tips.
Your turn: Aside from pulling cookies from the oven minutes before potential buyers arrive, what’s your secret for a great showing?