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Easy Home Staging Tips
Home buyers are emotional, and most have their mind made up already within the first 10-seconds of touring your home. Every second they are impressed counts in their decision, so put extra focus on warming the entry.
If you are preparing to sell your home “set the stage” as if your home were a setting for a family TV movie, and then use special techniques to arouse the buyer’s senses. This makes a huge difference in building buyer confidence and receiving higher offers!
Multiple bidding offers can happen when you strike the right emotions.
Stressed buyers tend to look for “What’s Wrong” with a home, while relaxed, comforted buyers look for “What’s Right” with a home.
A soothing, yet awakening décor can perform like magic to de-stress the buyer and make them want to open up and let their inner-guard down.
Make them laugh a little during tours with a short clean joke or pun, since it is physically impossible to laugh and be stressed at the same time.
Casinos and fancy department stores use lots of crystal lighting, shiny props and oxygen, which they pump into the air to get gamblers fired up to arouse their senses; because when people feel good their inner-guard is off-duty and they feel free to explore all options. You can mimic this awakening emotion by opening windows for 20-minutes before showings to replace stale air with more oxygenated fresh air and dazzle them with sparkling clean decor as well.
Create Home Ambiance
Creative lighting can make a huge difference in the look and feel your prospective buyers will experience and remember.
Although fluorescent lighting can save you money year-round, now is not the time to use it! It does not tend to improve the look of anything or anyone.
Look for specialty bulbs that add the “wow factor” to vibrant colors and textures, such as “Reveal” as one example.
A pink bulb can change the look of area where you want to express a soft relaxation effect. Floodlights can make a dramatic statement to kitchens and hallways. Dimmer switches can also allow you to enhance the tone and mood of each room. Strategically place lighting to highlight and draw attention to your favorite areas. A Tiffany lamp or other style standing lamp can dramatically enhance any room corner that might otherwise be unnoticed. Outdoor lighting adds to your home’s appeal in the evening, whether it be fancy solar lighting around the paths, lamp posts, or even a string of white lights around the deck.
A fresh coat of pale or neutral-colored paint on any walls that need a boost; staying away from bold dark fad-colors.
Add a splash of color to neutral rooms with throw pillows; mixing different colors and textures together.
Remove refrigerator magnets, excess gadgets, photos, small appliances and any extra décor that expresses who you are personally, but may not reflect the buyer’s personality. For example: if the buyers don’t share your love for sea shell collections, or cat decor, and you have them in every room, it could spoil their visuals of trying to picture their own family in the home. Most buyer’s seem to like the Martha-Stewart-style plain and neutral look. Less is more when it comes to displaying decorative items.
Replace older cabinet and door hardware with shiny new decorative handles. If new you need new countertops and they are in your budget, do it, as that is one thing buyers really appreciate. If it’s not in your budget; look for inexpensive alternatives, there are a lot of new inexpensive countertops these days. There is also a do-it-yourself countertop refinishing kit that you can buy at your local hardware store or online, if you are crafty. These kits use layers of painting, speckling, adhesive and gloss for a quick inexpensive fix for out-dated or worn out countertops. It can be almost as glossy and durable as granite.
Re-grout tiles (or buy grout-cleaner then top with liquid grout color), re-caulk bathrooms and re-glaze porcelain and white appliances with tub refinishing spray kits found at your local Home Depot or similar store, for a brand-new look.
If professionally installed new flooring is not in your budget, consider installing a “floating floor” to cover worn out linoleum or cracked tiles. (Floating floors are floor tiles that appear professionally installed, but are easily pieced together like a puzzle and lay on top of the old floor.)
Renew a faded tar driveway with rubberized paint and crack filler, for only about $20. for 5-gallons and it looks brand new again! It the cracks are deep also purchase a crack filler separately.
Remove any old-looking furniture, wallpaper, curtains or décor that might distract the buyer with thoughts of their grandparents. Since most home buyers are age 30 to 45, you want them to stay focused on how they will decorate, and be able to visualize their own young family in your rooms without any other thoughts diverting their attention.