Houzz.com recently published an article entitled Stage Your Home and Sell it Fast. The article gives several good tips for sellers to keep in mind when staging their home and trying to sell. Below are a few tips from the article. Here is the link to read entire article.
1. Clear it All Out.
I mean it, girlfriend, move every single thing out of your place. That goes for your beloved troll doll collection, leopard skin rug, and the couch your mom claims you were born on. As sentimental as these things might seem to you, buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your space; seeing clothes in the closet, family photos and random tchotchkes prevents them from doing so. After moving everything out, then place in only necessary furniture back, keeping in mind that you want the space to look BIG, CLEAN, SPACIOUS and UNCLUTTERED.
2. Freshen up the style
You may be a diehard shabby chic follower, but even Rachel Ashwell would agree that not everyone is. Aim for a style that most buyers would like, even if it’s not your cup of tea. Furnishings that seem homey and comforting — yet fresh and contemporary — give an aura that your home is updated and well cared for. Neutrals work best; just add colorful touches here and there.
3. Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who’s the fairest one of all? Your room, that’s who. Use mirrors liberally to make your area look bigger, lighter and brighter, and to allow sunlight to bounce all over the walls.
4. Don’t forget the details
Set the table. It’s easy to do and makes a big impact. Buyers walk in and instantly feel welcome, like as if they’re coming over for dinner. Light clean- or nonscented candles, and place plush towels and fancy soap in the bathrooms, a breakfast tray on the bed, and a pretty book on the coffee table. If all goes as planned, they’ll want to stay over forever.
5. Play with texture
Wallpaper, pillows, rugs, blankets, baskets and other tactile accessories can play up texture in a room. It’s an easy way for anyone, even my colorblind husband, to add warmth to a blah room. Try grass cloth wallpaper on plain walls that need a little oomph, such as in this master bedroom, where buyers expect to see a little more luxury and style.