When preparing to sell your house, you want it to appeal to the widest audience possible. Real estate is a huge investment, and when a buyer is being asked for such a substantial sum of money they'll naturally become more particular about what they're buying. There are ways to accentuate your home and its aesthetic attributes without having to resort to expensive renovations. One of the best ways is called home staging. Home staging is the process of setting up your house with furniture and decor to make it look as good as possible and help buyers visualize how the house can be made to look more easily than if all the rooms were empty.
What to keep in mind when staging your home - There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to home staging. Firstly, the goal is to make your house as neutral as possible. Having eccentric furniture and walls painted in vibrant colors may be pleasing to your eye and many others, but it's a safe bet that the buyers who don't share your taste will have difficulty looking past the decor, alienating a significant chunk of your market. A fresh coat of neutral colored paint can turn your home into a blank canvas onto which people can project their vision. It's important to keep in mind that you want people to be able to picture themselves living in your home, so make sure you've removed personal items like family photos, and adopt a bit of the minimalist mindset: Don't overdecorate!
Staging your furniture effectively - The furniture with which you choose to stage your home has a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the house. Like the paint, you'll want to keep it neutral so that it doesn't get in the way of a potential buyers imagination. Find smaller, less bulky pieces of furniture to help make the rooms look bigger. Another way to highlight spaciousness is in how you lay out your furniture. To make your rooms look as big as possible, try and arrange your furniture into small groupings. In a bigger room, such as a living room or other common space, arranging multiple small seating areas can significantly increase the perceived size of the room.
Living in a staged home - Much of the rest of staging your home is about keeping your home as organized as possible. If you're still living in your home you'll want to get in the habit of constantly cleaning, just a little bit here and there. This ensures that when it's time to show your house, it won't take much effort to get it ready. Keeping the exterior well in order is another small action with significant effect. A fresh cut lawn and neatly trimmed hedges go a long way, and to wrap it all up nicely put some fresh flower arrangements outside your front door.
How a home staging company can help - Home staging can be a lot of work and surprisingly tricky. It's not always easy to step outside of your own good taste to try and make your home look neutral without being boring. A home staging company can not only help you get into this mindset, but can also rent and set up furniture with this goal in mind. A meeting with a home staging company can open your eyes to the potential in making your home as saleable as possible, and hiring such a company is delegating a huge amount of work to trained professionals.