You need to stage your Pittsburgh home even in a hot real estate market. You may be asking yourself why you would need to go to the effort if homes are selling quickly. The simple answer is that you want to attract the most buyers willing to pay the maximum sales price for your home. The only factor more important than staging is appropriately pricing your home.
Eighty-three percent of buyer’s agents say that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize making it their future home. Staging your home can decrease the time on the market and increase the sales price. These are the results all home sellers want.
A well-staged home will photograph better. The photos that represent your home online are usually the first impression that buyers get of your home. There are very few buyers who don’t see your house online before visiting the home in person.
What does staging mean?
The goal of home staging is to attract as many potential buyers as possible to tour your home. There is a psychology to the arrangement of furniture and décor to highlight the positive aspects of the house, creating an atmosphere that allows the buyer to visualize themselves living there.
What do you need to do to stage your home correctly?
First, you need to declutter and depersonalize.
Before you start your packing, get rid of the items that you no longer need or want. During this process, you also need to remove all the personal items, including photographs and memorabilia. You will have a head start on your packing. If you do not have adequate storage space, try to get your boxes out of the home.
Second, perform deep cleaning.
Be sure your kitchen and bath sparkle like new. Every nook and cranny should be free of dirt and grime. Don’t forget to clean the windows inside and out.
Third, make any necessary repairs.
The buyer of your home will most likely have a home inspection. If you are aware of any repairs that are needed, be sure to do them now. If the home inspector finds a long list of tiny little things that need correcting, it makes the buyer feel the home was not well maintained. A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference too.
Fourth, furniture arrangement makes a big difference.
Your furniture placement can make a room look smaller. Too much furniture in a room can also be very distracting. Furniture that is too large for your space is another problem. You should place furniture to make the room look spacious and have a good flow through the home.
Fifth, light up the room.
Buyers like to see light and bright spaces. Be sure to have ample lighting. Also, be sure the blinds or draperies are open to provide additional natural lighting. Consider adding accent lighting in addition to overhead lighting. Finally, be sure all the lightbulbs are working.
Don’t forget about the outside. It is just as important to clean, declutter and stage outdoor areas. Poor curb appeal can prevent buyers from making an appointment to view your home.
Remember that home staging is not about how you live in your home. It may be inconvenient to rearrange things, but it will be a temporary inconvenience if done correctly, and you can get back to living in your home until closing day!