We’re thinking about moving into a bigger house, but part of getting more square footage involves selling the ranch we currently call home. While it looks like a decent enough house to us, I know that as-is it won’t fetch the top-dollar we need to get into something bigger. The real estate market is fierce in Eastern Mass, but somehow I don’t think that our house will measure up to the competition.
To ensure the best success, I’ve been researching ways to get the most money for your house. Here are 5 tips for staging your home that I found useful:
1.) De-Personalize Your Space
You’re moving out (hopefully) so you need to make your home look like a house rather than a home. This will help you disassociate yourself with the space to make the move easier while helping prospective buyers imagine themselves in the space.
Remove photos, family heirlooms and other meaningful mementos that will stop a prospective buyer from picturing themselves in the space. Remove anything that will make a buyer wonder about you instead of focusing on picturing themselves there.
It’s amazing how much junk you probably have. Rent a storage space or a POD and start packing away anything you don’t need in the immediate future. If you haven’t used something in over a year, consider donating it to charity or selling it at a yard sale. The less you have, the less you’ll have to move. As a bonus, your de-cluttered house will look bigger and more inviting to buyers.
3.) Clean those closets!
Buyers love to snoop and things like closets or kitchen cabinets aren’t off-limits at all. Clean those areas up and free as much space as possible to make it look like you have an abundance of storage space.
4.) Clean, clean clean!
Buyers will often not consider a dirty house. Wash windows, rent a pressure washer, take care of cop webs, polish the sink faucet and vacuum daily. You may want to also clean out the fridge if that’s going as part of the sale.
5.) Work on the curb appeal.
Head outside and look at your house. Is it neat and inviting? Does it look like a home you’d want to go tour? Clear sidewalks, mow the lawn, paint window trim and plant flowers. Yellow flowers. Yellow makes people want to buy things.