When you are preparing your home for sale, it’s important that you stage rooms to meet their intended purpose. If you are using a room for an alternate purpose, you should convert it back to the original design. If your third bedroom is a home office for instance, they may leave thinking it’s only a two bedroom home. Office equipment implies work, and you do not want buyers to imagine working in the bedroom. It should be presented as restful and relaxing – computer equipment will not achieve this impression.
Here are some other recommendations to help you make the best impression on potential buyers.
Bathrooms: Clean and Functional – Bathrooms must be meticulously clean and organized. This means storing all bottles, personal effects, and toiletries out of sight. The goal is to make your bathrooms appealing neutral spaces, like those you’d find in a hotel.
Living Room/Family Room: Create Instant Comfort – The living room and family room are two of the most important social spaces in your home. You want to greet potential buyers with an instant impression that these rooms are going to make them feel comfortable, relaxed, and that it’s an excellent place to entertain guests. You want the space to be bright, airy, cheerful, and spacious. Make potential buyers want to take a seat, put their feet up, and then move in and never leave.
Dining Room: Sit, Relax, and Enjoy – Here you want to create the impression that your home comes with a great place to host dinner parties or simply eat a welcoming family meal. You want it to be bright, inviting, and spacious. Keep it simple and appealing.
Kitchen: Welcome to the Heart of the Home – Kitchens are the heart of the home and you can be sure that buyers are going to pay particular attention to what your kitchen has to offer. You want to present it as welcoming, functional, and a great place to make meals or simply go about a daily family routine. Ensure your kitchen is perfectly appetizing to all buyers who come to view your home.
Mud Room/Laundry Room: Convenient and Functional – Mud rooms and laundry rooms are great features to show off to potential buyers. When they see these spaces they can easily visualize the convenience of having a perfect place to take off their dirty shoes and sort, clean, and fold their laundry. You must highlight the utility and convenience of these spaces.
Bedrooms: Sweet Dreams – Bedrooms are intensely personal spaces, which makes them especially important to concentrate on during the staging and selling process. Viewers should be able to imagine themselves sleeping peacefully in your bedrooms. Everything should indicate rest and relaxation, so pack away any office equipment, televisions, ironing boards, or anything else that could detract from a soothing atmosphere. Our goal is to make your bedrooms the most calming private spaces possible so that buyers can readily picture themselves relaxing and sleeping in your home every night.
Home Office: Productive Workspace – If your home has a dedicated workspace, you want to make sure it looks efficient and perfectly adapted to getting the job done successfully. Your electronics need to be tidy, papers stored out of sight, and all your office supplies minimized and kept in impeccable order. A well-planned home office can be quite the draw as a buying feature, especially if it gives an instant impression of productivity. Our goal is to present your home office as the perfect place to get work completed in an organized, efficient space.
Hallways and Closets: Plenty of Space – Hallways and hall closets grab more attention that you might think. Hallways are clues to how well-maintained the home is, depending on the state of the moldings and baseboards, how much visible wear there is on the floor, and so on. Furthermore, hallways can really set the tone for the whole house depending on how bright and open they appear. In addition to this, buyers will be constantly weighing whether or not they think your home has enough storage space to meet their needs, so you want to make an instant impression that you have more than adequate room. Our goal is to make your closets appear vastly spacious, and to ensure the hallways are open to traffic flow and appealing to walk along.
Basements: Well Maintained and Structurally Sound – Buyers will pay close attention to your basement because any problems, no matter how tiny, are going to raise doubts in their mind about the structure of the house. Basements can be prone to cold drafts, floods, water damage, dampness, mold, insects, rodents, odors, and other major deterrents. Buyers are trained to look out for the slightest indication of these problems, so make sure your basement looks excellent in their eyes right down to the tiniest detail. Your basement also houses some of the most important systems in the home, including electrical and fuse boxes, the heating and cooling systems, plumbing, etc. They should be in top form when buyers come to see your home.
Garage – Garages are notorious for becoming dusty, messy caverns crammed full of boxes, tools, sports equipment, and all sorts of other things. You want to clear out your garage and make it look as spacious and useful as possible. Ideally, you’ll be able to clear the garage enough so that you can store your car there during showings.
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