When you’re selling your home in Lakewood, Long Beach, Seal Beach, or Bellflower, you need to make it appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.
People start formulating an opinion about a house long before they set foot through the front door. In fact, many potential buyers will drive by a home and look at it from the outside before they even call to set up an appointment to see it.
So how can you make a great first impression that welcomes buyers to come inside and fall in love?
Staging Your Home to Sell: 5 Secrets Most Realtors Won’t Tell You
Your Realtor® will probably tell you not to start a huge renovation project and focus on making necessary repairs—even minor cosmetic ones—instead.
But when it comes to staging your home, there are a few tips and tricks that many Realtors don’t share with their clients. Why? We’re not sure—but we do know that they’re extremely important, and they can make or break a deal when a potential buyer is in your home.
Home Staging Secret #1: You Should Hire a Professional Stager (But You Don’t Have To)
There are people who make a living staging homes for sale. They’ll bring in furnishings, accents, and other items to make your home as appealing as possible.
If it’s within your means, you absolutely should hire a professional stager.
If it’s not, don’t worry. You can do most of the same things yourself, but it’ll take a little time and effort.
Home Staging Secret #2: Get a Grip On Your Clutter
When you walk into a home, you want to think that it’s easy to keep clean.
Buyers want to think that, too.
That means your clutter—from bills on the counter to shoes heaped in the hall closet—has to go. It doesn’t matter if you have to stash it in the trunk of your car, but it does need to be out of your house when people are coming to see it.
Many people choose to rent a storage unit while their home is on the market. It can serve as an early-packing repository, too, and when you buy a new home, you’ll already be halfway finished with your packing.
Remove extra furniture that makes spaces look smaller, and put away most (or all) of your personal effects. Family photos, art that could be considered risqué, and anything else that could drive away potential buyers should go directly to your storage unit.
Home Staging Secret #3: Float What’s Left of Your Furniture
Floating is an old designer’s trick that makes spaces appear larger than they really are. While it seems counterintuitive, all you need to do is pull furniture away from the walls to create groups within a room.
Keep entryways clear and leave at least 3 feet of walking space around the room. Keep your sofa at least a foot away from the wall; it makes the space seem cozy and inviting and get rid of that big, empty space in the middle of the room.
Home Staging Secret #4: Give Every Room a Purpose
Let’s be honest: you’re storing workout equipment in the guest room (or you’re sticking guests in your workout room, depending on what’s more important to you). When buyers come in, the space is confusing; is it a workout and storage room where you send Aunt Martha, or is it Aunt Martha’s room where you stash the treadmill so you don’t have to look at it?
Give every room one clear purpose. Make it a guest room or a workout room; it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s a focused, singular purpose.
Home Staging Secret #5: Brighten the Whole House
When someone’s coming to see your home, you want to show off how much natural light it gets. In the absence of natural light, when the sun goes down or the weather isn’t cooperating, you’ll need to make up for it in other ways. If there’s a shady corner of the living room, put in a standing lamp. Make sure you’re using the right wattage and the right type of light, though; nobody wants to feel like they’re trapped in an office building under fluorescent lighting.
Are You Selling Your Home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or the Surrounding Communities?
When you’re ready to find out how much your home is worth, call us at 562-882-1581 or contact us online for your free comparative market analysis. We’d also love the opportunity to discuss how we can put your home in front of all the right buyers to help you sell it quickly—and at the right price.