Staging your home for sale
It’s a rare buyer who can see past the clutter, peeling paint and stinky pet odours. Here, professional home stagers unlock the secrets to staging your own home. Follow them then schedule that open house inspection – and watch the offers come in!
“These days, it’s all about kerb appeal so don’t forget your front door,” says Jerry West Sanders, an interior designer and home stager. Keep up on lawn maintenance and give plants and trees a shear if necessary. If your door is showing its age, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. Update the house numbers and paint the mailbox if it’s near the front door. In addition, Sanders says a potted plant on either side of the entrance is very welcoming to a prospective buyer.
Watch for falling stuff
Buyers want big and deep closets or at least ones that can be organised; a pile of hats and a soccer ball falling out on their head isn’t a good impression. Clean your closet before you start showing your house. If you don’t have a closet or formal entry way, it should be free of clutter, Sanders says. “Use a bench with a rack above for putting items such as hats, pet leashes, etc. Find small baskets that are alike in style and place them under the bench for easy storage. Another possibility is to use a mantle as a coat rack with the same basket idea on top,” says Sanders. Buyers want to see the potential for neat and tidy storage.