Home staging makes a significant difference in the success of an open house, listing photography session or showing. In fact, a whopping 95% of homes staged by professional stagers sell in 35 days or less, versus 140 days for non-staged homes. With the bustling spring market right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about staging your home for the visitors that will be coming to your home.
Do: Start Outside
Curb appeal is essential to making a positive first impression, so you should never neglect the exterior of your home. Your lawn, shrubbery and trees should all be well-maintained and look like you take care of your property. Adding seasonal plantings around your mailbox and other points of visual interest can bring a touch of spring to your yard in addition to curb appeal.
Don’t: Use Scented Candles
Scent is tied directly to our memories, and some scents, like warm chocolate chip cookies, are almost always well-received. However, you should stray away from scented candles, as more distinct smells can be a turn-off or make buyers think that you are trying to mask another odor in the home. If you want to make your home smell wonderful without lighting a candle, bake some cookies in the kitchen before the showing starts.
Do: Replace Outdated Décor or Furniture
If someone walks into your home and it feels like the 1960s, there’s a good chance they’ll assume that was the last time major work was done on the house as well. If you keep up with décor and furnishings for your staging on the spring market, buyers will think you are taking the same care with your home. Get rid of any taste-specific fixtures, outdated elements, faux floral arrangements, old window coverings and anything else that feels closer to the past than the present.
Don’t: Overdo It
Staging is exciting, and it can be tempting to go overboard. However, you should show restraint when decorating and work with a professional stager. Don’t try to impress prospective buyers with your taste and style. Instead, focus on things that showcase the house and its features, not the furniture and décor.
Get Ready for the Spring Market with Interiors And
If you are ready to experience a more affordable staging option to prepare a home for the spring market, Interiors And is here to help. We are dedicated to helping local business owners increase sales and brand awareness, all while catering to the real estate industry. To learn more about our services and schedule a consultation, contact us at (443) 832-9125.