Staging is the practice of decorating a house that's for sale so that it looks attractive to potential buyers. When done well, staging increases buyer interest in a home -- thus potentially helping the home sell faster and at a higher price. If you're getting ready to sell your home, here's how to stage it.
Send Your Pets Away Temporarily
If you have a dog or cat, find someone else to keep your furry friend for as long as your home will be listed for sale. Some potential homebuyers will be put off by pets simply because they don't like dogs or cats, and even buyers who do like these animals will still be less interested in a place that's had a dog or cat living there.
Pets cause extra wear on a home, and buyers realize this, Even if the extra wear is addressed through maintenance and repairs, potential buyers will still be suspect if they see a dog or cat around. While they may still place an offer if they want your house, the offer price may be lower than they'd suggest if they never saw a pet in your home.
Take Down Your Personal Pictures
Before listing your house for sale, go through each room and take down any personal photographs you have up. You'll need to pack these up when you move, and this is as good a time as any to put them in boxes.
By packing up your own personal pictures, you'll make it easier for potential buyers to view themselves living in their home. If they don't see your family's photos on the wall, they'll be able to imagine their family in that space more clearly. Once they can imagine living in the space, they'll be much more likely to make an offer and buy it.
Clear Out Excess Clutter
Decluttering can help your home feel bigger to potential buyers, which will make it more enticing to them. Additionally, decluttering is another step you'll have to go through before you move, so you might as well do it before listing your house for sale.
As you declutter, there are three types of clutter to keep in mind:
You may not be able to get rid of all your clutter, but you should be able to cover up any little amount of clutter that remains after donating, discarding, and packing.
Reach out to a professional who can help you sell your home for more information.
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