Home staging is exactly what it sounds like: staging or setting up your home in the most appealing way possible. Why is this important? If you are selling your home, a thorough home staging can make an enormous difference in how quickly the house sells and how high of an offer you receive. So how do you stage your home so that your prospective buyer says “I’ll take it!”? We like to rely on our five senses to do the job.
The most important component of home staging is visual. A picture paints a thousand words, and in the case of your house, sometimes all it takes is one look to convince a buyer whether they want to make an offer or not. Start with de-cluttering. You want to get rid of as much “stuff” as possible. The house should look like it is not being lived in. This also means taking down all personal items, photos, kids’ drawings, anything with your name on it, toys, and so forth. The key is to make the house as neutral as possible; you want the prospective buyer to be able to visualize all of THEIR stuff in the home.
Furniture placement is also important. This is where consulting with a professional home stager in Louisville KY can help. See our list of Preferred Providers for our trusted home stagers. A home stager will help you rearrange your furniture, paintings, and lamps so that the layout of the house feels as natural as possible.
Lighting is key. There is a HUGE difference between walking into a dark, closed in room, and walking into a light, open, and airy room. Turn on ALL lights, open all blinds and curtains, and let in as much natural light as possible. This will ensure that photos of your home turn out great too.
Smell is one of the most powerful senses. A whiff of pine sap can make you feel as though Christmas is right around the corner. A whiff of salty ocean can make you pine for the beach. So be careful in selecting candles or scented plug-ins. If you pick a scent that is too strong then you could turn off a prospective buyer. Stick to neutral, natural aromas like sage or lavender.
Are you staging your house for an upcoming open house? Great! We recommend having some simple hors d’oeuvres. Baking cookies before the open house hits two birds with one stone: the house smells delicious and the prospective buyers have something yummy to snack on. Having small bottles of water or soda is a nice touch, as well as easy finger foods like fruit, but nothing too messy like chips and dip.
Background music is a lovely touch. Again, the key is to stay neutral. Classical or instrumental is a safe bet. Make sure you set an appropriate, quiet volume.
It is not likely that your buyer will want to physically run their hands over the tile or carpet to gauge whether they want to make an offer. However, touch still comes into play. When staging your home, use a variety of textures. Also, set the temperature appropriately. You want a comfortably warm house in the winter and a comfortably cool house in the summer.
Have more questions about home staging? Contact one of our Home Staging Professionals in our Preferred Provider List. Ready to sell your home? Give us a call today at 502-371-1155.