A successful home sale comes down to a number of factors and the interior look of your house may be one of the things that provide prospects a strong impression of your home, either positive or negative. For this reason, it is important to do some basic staging to ensure that your buyers will like your home from the moment they walk in the door. Toward that end, here are three steps to staging your house to attract your ideal buyer:
De-clutter: There is no doubt that the less clutter you have in your house at the time you put it up for sale, the better and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, the clutter you have tends to be personal stuff, such as pictures, paintings, knick-knacks, etc. The last thing you want is for your home to look too personalized so remove anything that would not have wide appeal. Another reason to de-clutter is because the more open space in the home, the larger it is perceived to be. Only keep the minimum amount of furniture pieces in each room. As for the stuff you need to remove, either keep it in the garage or put it in storage during the sale.
Understand Who Your Buyer Is: When you decide how to decorate your home for a sale, it is important to know who is likely to want to buy your house. For example, if you live in a three bedroom, two-bath single family home then it is likely your buyer will be a younger family with 1-2 children. On the other hand, if you live in a one or two bedroom condominium then you are likely marketing toward a single person or a couple with no kids. Decorate your home according to the general tastes of those likely to be interested.
Brighten Your Home: Another way to provide the perception that your home is larger and make it more appealing is to brighten it up. Look for ways to allow the sun to shine through windows. Paint your home a bright neutral color that compliments the rest of the interior design. Brightening the home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your prospects feel welcome and move them toward putting in an offer.
Work with your real estate agent to find the right combination of upgrades to make your home more appealing to buyers. They are the experts as they have seen multiple homes and working with homebuyers provides them with the expertise to understand what the current market trends are and what homebuyers are looking for in their new home.