10 Tips to Stage Your Home and WOW Your Buyers

Getting ready to sell in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley? Before you start showing your home to buyers, take some time to give it a little love. Even the simplest home staging and sprucing can be the difference between an impressed buyer... and a buyer who walks away. These DIY staging tips are sure to make your home stand out from the crowd!

The Exterior

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Make sure to give your home's exterior some love to create a fantastic first impression. Your buyers will be wowed before they even leave the car!

Create curb appeal

Before a buyer enters your home, they must be impressed by the exterior. So make your home as warm and welcoming as possible. Powerwash your siding and driveway, mow the lawn, weed or prune the garden, or plant bright flowers. Wash your windows, replace old house numbers, or upgrade a tired mailbox.

Make your porch welcoming

Your curb appeal is an extension of your porch. Tidy up any furniture, buy a new welcome mat, add some potted flowers, and replace your doorknob. Hang a tasteful wreath on your door, and leave your porch light on in the evenings, especially if you will be showing at night.

Spruce up outdoor areas

Whether you have a large backyard or a cozy balcony, your outdoor areas should be warm and inviting. Help your buyers to envision a lifestyle by adding seating or dining areas such as chair and tables, a hammock, or even a fire pit. Make sure gardens are cleaned up, the lawn is mowed, and any fallen leaves or branches are tidied up.

Cleaning and Repairs

Nothing turns off a buyer like persistent maintenance problems, lingering repair projects, or a home that's just not clean! Don't lose out on a sale for an easily preventable reason.

Finish repair projects

Nothing is more intimidating to a buyer than walking into an incomplete project! Ensure your home has no missing floorboards, crooked shingles, cracked windows, or any other sign that anything needs to be replaced or repaired. Your house should appear in good maintenance from top to bottom.

Clear out the clutter

Go through your closets, shelves, cabinets, and counters to clear out anything that's taking up space or making your rooms appear cramped, crowded, or dirty. Donate clothes, partially empty your closets and cabinets to make them appear larger, or rent a storage unit for furniture that is too large, unsightly, or mismatched.

Deep clean everything

It might not be the most fun part, but cleaning is an absolute necessity! Get all those hard-to-reach places, scrub dingy tiles and grout, and deep clean the showers and tubs. If you're not a fan of cleaning, hire a professional to help; the results will be worth the expense. If you have a pet, you may want to steam-clean your rugs or add some type of fragrance, such as soft-scented candles or potpourri, to mask pet odors.

Interior Decor

Now that you've created curb appeal and tackled the basics, it's time to start looking for ways to impress your buyers and make your home stand apart from the crowd.

Depersonalize your decor

Not all homebuyers have the same tastes in decor, so neutral and simple are always best. Repaint any bold or brightly colored walls with neutral colors. Remove any personal decor and replace it with tasteful yet neutral art and centerpieces. You want to create the sense of a home that's lived in but not yours, as the idea is to allow buyers to imagine their own personalizations in your home.

Create balance with furniture

The placement of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. Your furniture should not overcrowd the room or leave it feeling too open. Floating the furniture away from the walls can actually make rooms feel larger and create a cozy, conversational feel.

The Final Details

Now's the fun part—the detailed staging and decorating that adds that "wow" factor, that sparkle, that little bit of something special. Just be sure to keep it simple!

Increase your lighting

Make your home warm and welcoming by increasing the lighting—both natural and artificial—throughout. Open windows if the weather is nice, and pull back the drapes to let in as much natural light as possible. Increase the wattage of the bulbs in your lamps and fixtures, and aim for three types of lighting in every room: ambient (overhead), task (reading or under-cabinet lights), and accent (table or floor lamps).

Bring the outdoors inside

Your decor might be neutral, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Bring in bright splashes of color in the form of potted plants, clipped flowers, or fall branches. This can help increase the sense of warmth and welcoming throughout the home.

Your Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley Selling Resource

If you're ready to sell your Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley home, then it's time to contact Blue Ridge Fine Properties, by Shannon Harrington. These staging tips are just the beginning of the expert advice and knowledge we can use to help you successfully sell your home. Contact us today, and let's list your home.

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