7 Staging Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home FAST

Staging your home can make all the difference in selling your home quickly. Staging is when you set your home up for success by arranging the furniture, cleaning, and creating a space for people to easily imagine themselves living in. This step can be extremely valuable when you want to sell your home quickly. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your home staging in Colorado Springs can be successful.

Deep Clean
One of the best things you can do to improve your staging is to clean everything. The idea to make everything look like new, from your kitchen appliances to your bathroom fixtures. When people come to tour your home, they don't want to see last night's spaghetti sauce on the backsplash, or kids sticky finger prints on the windows. If you only have time to hit the important areas, make sure the kitchen and the bathrooms are first on the list. Making these areas spotless will help create good first impressions.

Clutter will make your home look like it doesn't have enough storage space. Take time to remove piles of unorganized paperwork, clean out the junk drawers, and organize those stacks of DVDs. You can take this time to organize your clutter, or get a head start on packing and box up anything that would be deemed "unsightly". Also, keep in mind that anyone who wants to tour your home will be looking in all cabinets and closets, so don't use these areas and places to cram the clutter.

Your home may have looked great with the family photos, vacation knick-knacks, and your children's fridge art, but now it's time to sell your home. By taking packing up the items that made your home personal, you're allowing your potential buyers to fill in the blanks and imagine it as their home. You'll also want to put away the toys, tools and other items that indicate someone lives there.

Define Rooms
One of the keys to staging is to define your spaces. If you have a finished attic, create it into a workspace. Use your finished basement as a media room with electronics, the television and games. Clear out your storage room and create a guest room. Make sure that your living room furniture looks good and is arranged appropriately for the space. Don't cram too much furniture in one room as it will make it look small, but don't keep too little furniture because it will look empty. While the people who buy your home may not use it for these purposes, you are helping them to see the potential in your home.

The outside of your home is the first and last impression your buyers will see. Make sure to clean up your landscape, rake away dead leafs, and trim bushes and trees. You can also power wash the outside of your home to give it a fresh clean look, without the time intensive process of painting. Make sure your sidewalks are clean and purchase new mats for your doors. If you have a pool, make sure it is sparkling clean. Create a warm welcoming outdoor living space with lawn furniture to help your buyers envision how much fun they will have in your home.

Walls & Ceilings
If you have wallpaper in your home, most likely, it won't match your buyers taste. While it will take a lot of time and energy to remove the wallpaper and paint your home, it's better to plan on doing it if you want to stage it correctly. If you have any cracks in your walls or ceilings that could imply that your foundation isn't strong, so you ought to consider having it inspected. If your foundation is solid, despite the cracks, patch them and paint over them so they won't raise unnecessary suspicion. If there are any broken light fixtures in your home, be sure to fix or replace them before showing the home, and don't forget to wipe the fan blades down, and empty bugs out of your fixtures. 

Finishing Touches
Now that you've cleaned and organized, it's time to add a few finishing touches. Make sure your home has a pleasant aroma. Since you are probably used to the scent of your home, you can ask someone else to come in and let you know if you've covered any unpleasant scents. You can light candles or bake cookies to improve the overall aroma of your home. Let your home air out for a few minutes before the buyers arrive, open the curtains to let in plenty of light and fluff the pillows. This will make your home appear more inviting, and help the buyers feel welcome.

When you're ready to sell your home, work with the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs. We want to make the selling process as easy as possible for you and your family, and that's why we offer Value Added Services. When you sell with us we offer (any two, up to $350.00) cleaning, handyman, staging, and storage. These services can give your home the boost that it needs while on the market. Give us a call today to start taking the necessary steps to successfully sell a Colorado Springs home.

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent

The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793



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