To quote Barb Swartz, the founder of Staged Homes.com, “The way you live in your home and the way you sell your home are two different things.” When you live in a home, it caters to you, your lifestyle and your preferences. When you sell your home, you’ll stage it to appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers.
After reading some of our previously posted articles, you know the basic recipe for staging a home:
- Make repairs,
- Elevate the appeal, and
- Clean, clean, clean!
It’s not easy to live in a staged home when your house is up for sale. Buyers will be coming into your home while you’re away and walking through your personal spaces. But remember, this is only a temporary situation that will ultimately help you sell your house fast.
Here are a few specific points to remember:
- Make the beds every day
- Keep toilet seats down.
- Tuck away trash cans or at least make sure they are not exposing any unsightly or personal items.
- Store dirty clothes neatly in a hamper.
- Keep all surfaces tidy.
- Arrange throw pillows neatly on the sofas or chairs.
- Put away all toys or place them in a large container.
- Leave a light on at each level of the house.
- Maintain a kitchen sink free of dishes.
- Keep the entire house as clean as it can possibly be.
- Make sure the house is free of any odors, from cooking or pets or anything else.
Preparing your house for sale is never an easy task. However, most home sellers would agree that going the extra mile of having it staged and maintaining its staging while it’s on the market is well worth the effort!
Who knows, maybe you’ll come to love your extreme tidy, organized and beautiful new way of living.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.