Home Staging Tips When Selling Your Home
When you list your home for sale, preparation and presentation are two key ingredients for a quick sale at the price you need. Mostly that presentation means effective staging to showcase your home’s best features, especially for online house hunters. But many sellers, naturally, balk at the price of professional staging, which runs about $300-$600 for the initial design consultation and then around $500-$600 per room per month after that. So here are some tips for staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley.
Add a Few Mirrors
Effectively staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley means, first of all, making sure your home appears brighter and bigger. Adding some mirrors to darker rooms can help you achieve that pleasing appearance. It’s relatively easy and will make those rooms seem brighter and roomier. In addition to making a room seem brighter and less cramped, beautifully designed mirrors can add style and grace. Just be sure the mirror style complements your color scheme and other furnishings to make rooms feel more curated and designed. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either because you can often find quality mirrors in second-hand shops and at garage and yard sales.
Install Window Treatments
Another great idea for staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley is to let in more light and use that light to show off your home’s best features. So jettison all those old, heavy, light-blocking drapes and replace them with lighter, breezier window treatments like sheers or light, floor-length curtains. Installing new window treatments that let in more light is another way to make rooms seem bigger and more open. And, often, the illusion is just as good as the reality for buyers.
Use White Towels
Next to the kitchen, the bathrooms are probably the important rooms to home buyers. So an easy, inexpensive tactic for staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley is to put out new clean, crisp white towels in the bathrooms. White is best, but if you don’t really want white, make sure to use other light, single-color hues. The idea is to create a spa-like feel, and colored towels just don’t achieve that effect.
Deploy Complementary Rugs
New rugs for staging your home for less – it almost always works to brighten a room and make it all hang together as a unified whole. Rugs that complement a room’s feel and color scheme break up the monotonous expanse of uniform flooring. But the rugs absolutely have to be the right size and complement everything else in the room, fitting both room and the furniture. Try to avoid rugs that are either too small or too large for space. The rule of thumb is this: the legs of couches and chairs should only touch the edge of the rug, but no more than that.
Get Rid of Your Personality
Maybe the most important of all the tips for staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley is this one: do everything you can to erase your personality, getting rid of everything that marks your house as uniquely your home. Although you’ve invested much time, thought, and money in transforming your house into a home, buyers will find that fact unappealing. Buyers should be able to envision your house as their own home. So remove or replace everything that impresses your personality on the home, things like family photos, idiosyncratic curios, and personal clutter. The goal is to make it easy for buyers to see it as their own by making it seem a blank canvass ready to be painted anew.
Use an Agent Who Knows Staging
You don’t have to spend a small fortune on professional staging to sell your home. Staging your home for less in the Flathead Valley can be effectively done. It just takes a little planning and knowledge. And a local agent with staging expertise can be a big help. We can help you stage for less so that you can sell your home quicker. Just contact us today! (406) 270-7101
Rhonda Michaels: Hi, I’m Rhonda Michaels with Properties Northwest Real Estate. I’ve been designing and staging new construction homes for over a decade, and now I’m working with sellers selling their existing homes. I get so many questions on home staging, I thought I would go ahead and do a video for you. Now, when you work with me, I go through these steps with you. This is just one of the services I offer, but if you’re not, go ahead and get someone who can be honest with you, someone that can really evaluate this with you. We just tend to not see what we live with, things that get dirty or décor that gets dated. So find someone who can really be honest with you. You want to maximize your profits by selling your home for top dollar and selling it quickly.
Here are the steps. Let’s eliminate all distractions first. Go through and declutter. If you’ve ever lived like a minimalist, now is the time. I recommend anything you don’t use on a weekly basis to box up and get it into storage. That’s tough. A weekly basis. But I truly mean it. That goes for your closets, your drawers, everything. We need to just minimize the clutter.
Next is depersonalize. Take your family photos down. You love them, I love coming through and looking at them, but we don’t want a buyer coming through being distracted. We want them envisioning their family living there.
Next is cleaning. Some people can handle this and some people just simply can’t. Cleaning should be done by professionals if you feel like you can’t do it. There’s so many things that we don’t see that we live with. The dust on the baseboards, on the ceiling fans, or on the door handle. Even cabinet hardware tends to get really mucky and dirty. So if you don’t tend to see stuff like that, hire the professionals to come help you out. It’s pretty inexpensive to have them come through, get the house totally done, and typically you can maintain through the selling process.
Next is neutralize. This is a biggie. Don’t let a buyer come in and think about all the rooms they have to paint and they start sucking dollars from what they’re going to offer you. You go ahead and do it in advance. It helps the house feel fresh, and clean, and new, and really well-maintained. That’s the feeling you want to give them. You don’t want them deducting money off of what they want to pay you.
Next, lets talk about lighting. Go to every window in your home and pull the blinds open, pull the curtains open, take off the screens and store them away just until the house sells. This natural light coming into your home will make it feel bright, and cheery, and very welcoming. Next, go through every fixture, including lamps, and make sure you’ve maximized the wattage. If it calls for up to 60 watt and you have a 25 or 40 in there, now’s the time to get that wattage boosted up because you want it to be bright and welcoming.
Let’s talk about the décor in your home. Is it really dated and no matter what you do it’s going to look old and dingy? Maybe you need to consider investing in some new pieces and take them with you to your new home. But if you absolutely have to work with what you have and it needs to be freshened up, use things like add some new throw pillows on the couch, put a pretty piece of art on the wall. You can get some pretty inexpensive pieces, and I have a great list of resources, just contact me, I’d be happy to share with you.
How is your master suite looking? Let’s first talk about your bed. Do you have a headboard? Do you have nightstands and lamps? If not, you really need to make the investment in these pieces. For some reason, people tend to neglect these. This is a luxurious master suite, and you need to make it feel very welcoming and grand. Now, let’s talk about your linens. Are your pillows flat as a pancake? Is it time to upgrade? If so, you can get them for five dollars at Target. Go ahead and get those big Euro pillows that sit behind the other pillows, and then throw a little accent pillow on the bed. Several layers to take off at night, but boy it looks beautiful when people are coming through your home. Then, go ahead and invest in white towels. You’re just not going to go wrong there. I always make sure to tell sellers to keep some other towels handy, leave the white ones on the rack for showing, keep the other ones handy for you to use on a daily basis, and then the other ones don’t get dirty.
I hope you found these tips useful and I hope they give you come confidence in putting your home on the market. If you need some help from me, I’d love to work with you. Give me a call.