When you’re selling your home on Marco Island, you want it to look its best – and in order to do that, you need to stage it to maximize its appeal to buyers. The goal is to create a space that potential buyers can see themselves living in, because when that happens, they’re more likely to make an offer.
5 Expert Home-Staging Tips
You don’t have to hire a professional home stager before you put your home on the market. In fact, with the right guidance, you can do it all yourself.
Aside from ensuring your home is spotlessly clean (which includes saving a set of new bathroom towels to put out for showings and having an arsenal of lightly fragranced candles), the five best things you can do to stage your house are:
- Boost your home’s curb appeal. Your home has to look its best from the outside because it creates the first impression for potential buyers. Make sure you pull weeds, rake up all the lawn clippings and trim your shrubs. Plant seasonal flowers or add seasonal décor to the porch (don’t go overboard on the décor, though!) to add a little something extra.
- Fix any issues you can. It’s easy to fix dripping faucets and replace window screens, touch up paint and handle small cosmetic issues. Although they’re really small problems, potential buyers can see them as an indication that there are bigger problems lurking beneath the surface.
- Try to minimize your presence. Remove your personal effects, including family photos and eccentric décor so potential buyers can see themselves living in your home.
- Maximize the appearance of space by rearranging (or removing) some of your furniture. Move your furniture so it creates easy traffic flow, even if it means putting some pieces in storage. You don’t want buyers to feel as if rooms are crowded or cluttered; you want them to envision their own furniture in each room.
- Declutter everything. Remember that potential buyers will open cupboards, look in drawers and open closets. Minimize what you have in each so that buyers see how much space is available; if your bedroom closet is stuffed to overflowing, remove more than half of your clothes and put them in storage. Put extra kitchen appliances in storage (are you really using the juicer or the breadmaker?) and line up the coffee mugs neatly.
Are You Selling a Home on Marco Island?
If you’re selling your Marco Island home, we can help you do it quickly and at the right price.
Call us at 239.821.7926 or get in touch with us online. We’ll answer your questions about marketing, your home’s value and anything else you’d like to know.