Selling your Home? Consider Staging for a Faster Sale

Home for sale in winter.

Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted in 2013, but has been updated for timeliness and accuracy.

Your children have grown up and are on their own, and you’ve made the decision to retire.  Now the big home you’ve owned for years no longer suits your new lifestyle. When it comes to selling your home, staging could result in a much faster sale.

“There’s a big difference between decorating and staging,” Laura Baxter Boyle, owner of Baxter Interiors in Charleston, South Carolina, says. “Decorating is for the homeowner, but staging highlights the best features of your house.”

Laura offers these tips to successfully stage your home for a real estate showing:

Photograph each room and review the images with your realtor to help you see cluttered areas or better ways to arrange furniture and maximize square footage. Each room should welcome the buyer and make draw them into the room.

Evaluate. Consider hiring a staging expert to evaluate your home. You can decide whether to stage the home yourself or hire their services.

De-clutter. This one seems to be the hardest. Put away your collectibles and most of your family photographs, store extra furniture. Consider renting a storage unit instead of stashing things in the garage. Garages need to be free of clutter as well.

Repaint. Neutral colors are best for your walls and help potential buyers see their furniture in the room. Fresh paint lends a clean look to your walls and freshens the home.

Update your furnishings. Rent furniture and accessories in lieu of purchasing new items; replace older appliances and light and sink fixtures. Rental fees are reasonable, and updates can considerably reduce the amount of time your home spends on the market.

Prune shrubs and bushes, replace dying plants and remove to provide clean visual lines in your yard. “Your house might look perfect on the inside,” Laura says, “but curb appeal brings potential buyers inside.”

Send Pets on a vacation. Consider boarding your pets to eliminate any pet odors from your home. If boarding is not an option, ask a family member or close friend to keep them while your home is on the market. Resist the urge to use candles and air fresheners. Many people are sensitive to cloying perfumes and fragrances. A clean, fresh home is the best selling point.

Let Go. Once you put your house on the market, stop thinking of it as your home. Follow your realtor and do what’s best for the house so you can sell it quickly and move on to your new life.

When it comes to selling your home, it’s important to make it appealing to as many potential buyers are possible. By removing your personal tastes, decluttering and highlighting its unique characteristics, you’re allowing potential buyers to paint the picture of what the home will look like.

For over 25 years, the team at Lakeside Real Estate Group has offered unsurpassed service to both buyers and selling around Tellico Village. We’d love to help you find your dream home, reach out to us today!

Posted: December 18, 2017