by Dylan Taft
on Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 11:54am.
When it comes to selling a home, it is essential to do everything possible to make it stand out as much as possible. After all, the more your Hudson Valley home reaches out and grabs a potential buyer, the more likely he or she is to make an offer on the property. While making necessary repairs is certainly one aspect of giving a home the best chance of getting sold, prepping a home for sale requires more than just replacing broken appliances and painting dull, worn out walls. Rather, it requires giving the home a warm and inviting feel with the help of a few home staging ideas.
There are several steps you can take stage your home for sale, ranging from simply cleaning up clutter to adding the finishing touches that really make a house feel like a home. A few staging ideas you might want to implement include:
Applying orange oil to the cabinets in order to restore them to their original luster
Set out a large bowl of fruit containing bright oranges, polished grapes and large, juicy grapes
Place colorful cookbooks on the kitchen counters
Put scented soaps and creamy lotions in the bathroom
Tie ribbons onto the bathroom towels
Place vibrant plants and other greenery throughout the house
In addition to creating a “homey” feel with these small details, home staging also includes taking steps to make the home feel open and airy. The first step toward achieving this goal is to clean up all of the unnecessary clutter in your home. Next, you should rearrange the furniture so there is plenty of room around each piece to walk around. If you have too much furniture in your home to create this look, you might want to consider putting some pieces of furniture into storage until you have successfully sold your home.
When staging a home, it is also important to remember that you want the potential buyer to be able to visualize him or herself living in the home. Therefore, you should take steps to depersonalize the house. While you might find your child’s finger paintings to be an adorable addition to your refrigerator, potential buyers aren’t likely to feel the same way. Similarly, by placing photographs of your family and other personal knick-knacks throughout your home, you make it difficult for potential buyers to see anyone living in the home but you. As such, when staging your home, you should be sure to place all of these personal items in storage as well.
Of course, when staging your home, you need to pay as much attention to the outdoors as you do the indoors. Placing potted flowers on the patio and deck or placing bright, plastic plates on the picnic table are both great ways to add a splash of color to the outdoors while also making your yard feel more inviting. You should also be sure to trim the bushes, to weed your flower beds and to install fresh sod in problem areas of the lawn if necessary.
Simply put, staging your home can mean the difference between selling your home quickly at a price you can feel happy about or having it sit on the market for weeks or even months. With a small investment of your time and money, on the other hand, your home will be more likely to sell quickly so you can move on with the next chapter of your life.
About the Author: John Allen is a Sarasota agent specializing in fine residential properties. For more information, visit his award-winning website http://buysarasota.com