6. Rearrange furniture
Many professional stagers will actually remove excess furniture from some rooms before a showing. Why? Typically, this is to make the house appear bigger. The eventual buyer will be moving in with all their own furniture, so having an emptier space will allow them to envision how they might arrange things. This can be difficult to picture when the living room is overwhelmed with a large couch or when ottomans and desks crowd the master bedroom.
Additionally, buyers won’t be familiar with the space, so you want to make sure they have room to move freely through the house without running into anything or getting lost. A lack of clutter will help them easily navigate the home. Pull couches and other furniture pieces away from features like windows and built-in bookcases — potential buyers will want to take a good look at these details.
7. Make repairs
You don’t need to spend major amounts of money on repairs as you stage your home, but you’ll want to make sure everything is in working order. If there’s a gas fireplace, make sure it starts easily, and the same goes for any light fixtures, jacuzzi jets, or alarm systems. Potential buyers will want to make sure that your home really does come with the great amenities they’ve been promised, and they will likely want to check things out to make sure they’re all usable.
This is a great time to schedule any small repairs you may have been postponing, from leaky faucets to noisy air conditioning units. There are also plenty of things you can accomplish on your own without needing to hire a service. Patch up any cracks in the basement with spackle or caulk, and touch up any chips in the paint. Do a thorough examination of your home to find anything small that may have escaped your notice.
8. Lighten it up
When a prospective buyer walks into your home, you want them to feel comfortable and at home. No one wants to live in a dark house, especially if you’ve got an attractive backyard or nice views! Raise the blinds on all of your windows to let in as much light as possible, and play up the areas of your house that get the most natural light. (Switching your wall colors to something more neutral can also work wonders in terms of lightening the space.)
As for interior lights, switch on as many as possible. Bathroom lighting can be important to buyers, so make it as bright in there as possible! You’ll also want to make sure prospective buyers can easily navigate the house without having to search for switches in the dark.
9. Highlight nice scents
Ensure that your house makes a good impression on buyers by keeping everything smelling wonderful! This can be achieved by burning subtly scented candles before a showing or placing a scented plug-in in a highly-trafficked room like the living room.
Aside from adding pleasant scents, make sure to keep up with regular home maintenance so that everything smells fresh and clean. That includes opening windows from time to time to bring in some fresh air and regularly taking out the trash, especially if potential buyers will be coming to tour the house.
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