Your Guide to Home Staging

Want to know the secret to impressing buyers before they even step foot inside your home? Staging can make a huge difference in your home's appearance, but sellers often believe they have to spend a lot of money or time to make their space look perfect. Here are a few quick fixes that can get your home market-ready—and they don't require much effort, either!

Start on the Outside

Create curb appeal

When buyers preview your home online, the exterior is the first thing they'll notice—which means it has to look spectacular. Spruce up your curb appeal by taking care of any maintenance tasks, giving your home a good powerwash, and clearing away any debris. It may help to take an objective look at your home from the street to see what needs to be updated.

Welcome buyers inside

Even if your front porch is small, it can still have an impact on buyers! Consider adding a new front walkway, replacing your light fixtures, or freshening up your front door with a new coat of paint. Putting out a new welcome mat and potted plant can help buyers feel welcome. And if you're selling during the holidays, you may want to add some seasonal decor, like a wreath or a pumpkin.

Work the landscaping

Don't forget to take a closer look at your lawn and landscaping before you list! Ensure that your grass is free of any dead spots, and spend some time pruning back any unruly flowers, shrubs, or trees. If your yard is looking a little bare, consider incorporating some low-maintenance plants for a splash of color.

Clean & Repair

Brush up on maintenance

It's best to tackle all of your maintenance and repair tasks before welcoming buyers into your space. If you don't address them now, they'll probably come up during the home inspection—and if your home requires too many fixes, this could even jeopardize the sale.

Clear out some clutter

Let's face it—we all have a little clutter. However, buyers definitely don't want to see any of it during a showing, which means it's best to reorganize and pare down your belongings ahead of time. Go through every room in your home and sort your items into keep, donate, and throw away piles. It may also be helpful to rent a storage unit or host a garage sale.

Deep clean

Don't let dust and grime deter buyers! Do a deep clean of your home before you list, making sure to get in all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. If you don't have the time to scrub down your space, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to do the job for you.

Add Some Finishing Touches

Un-decorate

While you may love your family photos or knickknacks, they can impede buyers from envisioning themselves in your home. Try making your spaces as neutral as possible by taking down any personal items, getting rid of imposing furniture, and embracing a neutral color palette. 

Lighten up... your rooms

Today's buyers are looking for homes that feature light and bright interiors. That means it's time to throw back the drapes, open the blinds, and let in tons of natural light! If you have a room that's looking a little dark, you can also add some lamps or mirrors to brighten it up. Repainting your walls in a lighter hue always helps, too.

Add some seasonal decor

Want to make your house feel like a home? Try adding some seasonal decor, but don't go overboard! During spring and summer, fresh-cut flowers can bring some color and an element of the outdoors to your space. Pumpkins are ideal for fall, and winter buyers love seeing some greenery and tasteful holiday decorations.

Selling Your Triangle Home?

Whether you're looking for more staging advice or are ready to list your home today, you can trust the Austin Group to guide you through every step of the selling process. Just get in touch with our team for more information—we're always on hand to answer your questions.