You've decided to sell your home and your realtor recommended some light home staging. What does that mean and where do you start? Below are some helpful dos + don'ts.
Simple Home Staging Tips
-Spruce up curb appeal: This is the buyer's first impression of the home, so it's worth spending a little money or time to pull weeds, plant some flowers, and decorate your front porch.
-Declutter: Less is more. Put away personal photos, remove extra items on your shelves, clear off kitchen counter tops, and organize any messy areas.
-Remove large furniture: Bulky furniture can make the room feel small. Open up your space by selling or storing any over-sized items.
-Take down bulky window treatments: People love natural light. Show off your view by removing overbearing draperies.
-Leave broken items: If one thing is broken a buyer will wonder what else is broken too. Fix ripped screens, animal scratches, broken doors, etc. The house should be maintained for it to look its' best.
-Don't overdo it: "The goal is to showcase the space and features of the house, not the furnishings." -Liz Alterman, cafemom
-Invest in major renovations: Expensive renovations (think pool and building a garage) are not guaranteed to give you a good return on investment. Click HERE to see what projects are the best bang for your buck.
-Take it personally: You probably love your home and your style, and you should! But remember, every buyer is different and have different tastes. Keep it neutral and tidy to attract (almost) everyone.