One of the most stressful aspects of selling a home is the preparation to make it more appealing to potential buyers. In addition to making upgrades and keeping everything clean, there’s the prospect of showcasing your home to strangers while preparing to move from the living room to the beautiful enclosed patios.
In other words, it’s a lot to handle.
Pushing for a faster sale can help you mitigate the stress of waiting and keeping things clean. Here are some decorating tips to help you stage your home to reduce the time spent on the market.
First impressions are everything when selling your home. Your curb appeal refers to the external features that attract a buyer when they pull up in front of your house for the first time.
Some of the core focal points when improving your curb appeal include:
- Ensuring you have polished, effective shutters, making repairs and upgrades as needed.
- Cleaning up the edges of walkways and gardens.
- Pulling weeds and planting basic landscaping elements.
- Painting or refreshing the front door and entryway.
- Updating old lighting fixtures.
In addition to the basics, it’s also beneficial to make repairs to your walkway and stage your entryway with planters and decorative elements. However, if your budget is limited, focus on the list above.
Taking a minimalist approach is essential when decorating your home for a quick sale. Remove everything except what needs to be in a room to function and a few well-placed decor elements. A deep cleaning and decluttering session go a long way in selling your home.
In the living room, this means removing trinkets, photo albums, and potentially some of the furniture. If you have toys and other accessories for kids, these should also be stored away neatly.
Consider packing extra plates and small appliances away, as potential buyers will often open cupboards and look around in the kitchen.
In the bathroom, decant or pack away everything other than the bare necessities for the space. Tuck all toiletries under the cupboard neatly to make the space neater and more welcoming.
Finally, declutter your closets and donate or sell clothing before showing your home. This strategy will help you decorate for a quick sale while making the moving process easier.
One of the best tips for selling your home quickly is to remove the personal elements from it. The experts refer to this as taking the “you” out of your home. You can read this comprehensive article for more information about this process.
In summary, the idea is to remove any personal effects that may detract attention from the house itself. These elements could include bold paint colors and patterns, wall art, and even photos of your family.
When decorating, it’s also important to use neutral colors and tones. Decorating with bland colors and “motel art” creates a blank canvas for potential buyers to envision their own belongings and style without making the space feel too stark or sterile.
Plan to rearrange your furniture during the decorating process. The goal is to optimize the room’s flow to make it feel more spacious and welcoming. Decluttering can help this process, but your organizational skills will also come in handy.
Consider using a room layout app or designer templates to shape the space. If you work with a home staging service, they’ll handle this aspect of the decorating process.
Natural light is the best type of light for selling a home. Push back the curtains and use well-placed mirrors to reflect natural light throughout your house to make it feel more spacious and airy.
Finally, touch up everything that looks tired or dated. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the trim and walls, scrub the grout between the tiles, polish faucets, and replace caulking. These little touches make a big impact when someone is wandering through your house.
With these simple decorating tips, you can position your house for a quick sale and move on toward your next adventure.