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- Declutter your home
When staging your home, the first thing you should do is remove any clutter and clean your home. Remove any small and personal items from all surfaces. Make sure to box up spare belongings, rather than throwing them in drawers and closets as purchasers tend to open them. Once you have decluttered your home, do a deep cleaning. Make sure that your kitchen and bathroom is spotless and clean anything that your pet touches, as no purchaser will be attracted to pet odours. If you do not have the time to clean your home, hire a professional cleaning company to ensure that your home is spotless.
- Light and bright is the way to go
Purchasers usually like bright, sun-filled rooms, so lighting is an essential part of staging your home. Make sure to open your blinds/curtains before a showing. Also, ensure that your light fixtures are appealing and that your lampshades aren’t dated and lopsided. With the correct lighting, your home will feel welcoming and bright and will capture the hearts of potential purchasers as soon as they walk through the door.
- Start with the most important rooms first
If you want to stage your entire house, you can, and it will certainly get your home sold quicker. However, if you don’t have the time or money to stage your entire home, try only staging the most important rooms. The most important rooms include the living room, the master bedroom and the kitchen. Any extra bedrooms should be at the bottom of your list of priorities.
- Remove furniture
The last thing you want is for your home to look cramped. Consider removing some furniture, as your home will look bigger and more appealing.
- Rearrange your furniture
Now that you have removed some of your furniture, position all couches, chairs and tables away from your walls. You can then anchor your space with an area rug, which will create a cosy, intimate space which is ideal for socialising with friends and family.
- Don’t just focus on the interior of your home
If you neglect the outside of your home, you might not attract as many potential purchasers. You can get potential purchasers to walk through the door by power-washing your house and walkways, cleaning your windows, mowing the grass, planting flowers etc.
- Add the finishing touches
Finally, now that your home is picture-perfect, add some finishing touches, such as fresh flowers in vases, a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and folded towels in the bathroom. Your home is now ready to meet and impress its potential new owner.
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