Housing Staging Tips by Room
The phone rings just as you get home from a long day at work. Good news! There is a potential home buyer who wants to visit your house in the morning for a tour. With a quick look around, you feel a sense of panic rising as you begin to make a mental list of things to do. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep your house staged and show ready during the time it’s on the market. With a little bit of planning and cooperation from those in your household, calls like this won’t make you break out into a sweat. Catch Their Eye from the Curb
It may sound cliché, but you do only get one chance to make a first impression. If the outside of your house looks neglected, people will assume that the inside isn’t much better. This could cause potential home buyers to drive past your house and check out another house in your neighborhood.
Clean, paint, and repair broken shutters and gutters.
Power wash siding and make those windows sparkle.
Keep the lawn well-manicured and free of debris.
Refresh flower beds with new bedding and colorful flowers.
Place outdoor seating in conversational settings.
Place skateboards, bicycles, and other toys out of sight.
Remove any hazards: bee hives, wasp nests, rodent holes
Cook Up an Appealing Kitchen
What was the first room you ran to inspect when you were looking to buy a house? If you’re like most people, your answer is the kitchen. People spend a lot of time in their kitchens. They want to see themselves enjoying yours to cook meals and entertain friends. Organize cabinets and pantries by use and color. This is impressive! Remove your themed items and go for a more neutral look in the kitchen.
Clean above cabinets, under the sink, and the areas where appliances meet other surfaces.
Keep your refrigerator organized and clean.
Don’t cook fish or other dishes that may leave an odor behind.
Store cleaning products and keep the area around the sink free of sponges.
Remove magnets and photos from your refrigerator.
Make sure your light fixtures are clean and bright.
Highlight the Beauty of a Bathroom
Bathrooms are another hot spot for those touring your house. Before you decide to renovate the bathroom, check out these helpful ideas for maximizing the appeal of the space you have right now. Your real estate agent can provide you with helpful advice on any needed upgrades.
Replace the shower curtain with one that is neutral.
Place new hand towels on the rack and instruct household members to avoid those.
Clear the clutter from around the sink. This includes makeup, face care products, and decorations.
Keep a fresh bottle of hand soap next to the sink.
Remove hampers and large trash cans from the room. They can make the space seem smaller and leave behind unpleasant odors.
Clean any tiles, shower tracks, and underneath the sink.
Organize any linen closets and medicine cabinets.
Create a Bedroom Sanctuary
One of the most important things to do when staging a bedroom is to make sure the furniture fits the room. Remove any large pieces that make the room feel smaller. Present the bedroom as a sanctuary that allows the potential buyer to see themselves resting and relaxing in that space.
Paint brightly colored walls a neutral color and use pops of color for accent.
Create the habit of making the bed each morning.
Clear any clutter from the top of dressers and night stands.
Remove any items from the room that may cause you or someone else embarrassment.
Store any weapons and luxury items in a secure location.
Place fresh flowers on a night stand or dresser.
Organize closets according to color and use.
Remove any items from closet floors, including shoes.
Use matching hangers for clothing.
Pack away collections and family photos.
These tips should get you started on making your home ready for a showing at a moment’s notice.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local area, buying a home, and selling a house. Give Arminé Ghevian a call today at (818) 389-4465 to ask questions about the real estate market, discuss selling your house, or to tour available homes for sale in the Los Angeles area.