Why do people recommend home staging? What even is home staging, and why should it still matter in 2021?
These questions among many others may cross your mind as you prepare to sell your home.
First impressions can make all of the difference. That is true in business, in relationships, and it is especially true in home buying. Deciding to purchase a home is very complex and largely emotional. People are choosing where they are going to live for the next foreseeable future. They want to be able to picture themselves in that home having an idyllic life. Home staging is just giving them a backdrop to that picture. You can stage your home yourself, or you can hire a professional. Here are a few tips to get started.
Declutter and Depersonalize
It is difficult for prospective buyers to picture themselves in the home when they see pictures of your family everywhere. Clear out family pictures, knick-knacks, that odd fish antique that you keep just in case you might make it on the Antique Roadshow, and Aunt Bessy’s crochet cat pillow. Start with anything out-of-date or personal to your family. You’re creating a blank slate for a future family’s idyllic life instead of focusing on your own.
If a room seems crowded, start moving some of the furniture out until it becomes more open. You want your buyers to be able to walk easily through the rooms. Try walking through your house like you are giving a tour of your home. Crowded rooms often seem smaller than they are. If there isn’t a clear and open pathway, you need to keep decluttering.
Focus on Neutrals
Neutral paint colors, carpeting, and decor encourage potential buyers. Their first impression will be that their furniture decor will match the house rather than fixating on all of the painting projects they will need. You want them to imagine their couch in the living room rather than being overwhelmed with how long it will take to cover up that out-of-date green wall.
Simplify rooms to generally feature two… maybe three colors, with most of them being neutrals. Lighter colors make a room seem brighter and more open. Keep a few decor items that are simple and classic or modern in style.
Hire a Home Staging Company
Now, if all of this seems overwhelming, and you’re not quite sure where to start, you can always hire a home staging company. There are many reputable home staging companies in Delaware. These professionals can help you assess what should stay and what should be stored away. Often they can rent you furniture or decor if yours is damaged or mismatched.
Let Morgan Home Solutions Help
Now maybe even having professionals help you still seems like too much of a burden. If so, you can simplify the entire selling process by selling direct with Morgan Home Buyers. Selling direct is the no-hassle solution for those of us who look at this project and want to run away. If you live in Harrington or New Castle, Delaware, we’d love to chat with you! See how we can help you today.