Yes, we all love the photos of our great grandparents and the nursery school framed handprints of our children, but when it’s time to sell our house most buyers can’t look past this stuff. Now is the perfect time to heave ho and edit through what you want to take with you on your move. If you are preparing your home to sell, there are a few things you need to tackle.
First, clear out the clutter. Get rid of what you don’t need, or things that don’t make you happy (we are just talking about stuff, not your spouse or kids!) Donate, recycle, or toss! Pack up the personals, and keep in mind that if you’re moving to a smaller space you will really need to heave ho, or you’ll find yourself with a hefty storage unit fee.
Second, decide on a neutral color palette. Buyers want to look at a clean slate on the walls without all the stuff you’ve collected through the years.
Using calm colors is important when staging a home. In my own home, I like using lots of white and the colors of the sea, sand and sky as the main palette. It’s peaceful and doesn’t take away from or clutter up the room. We added the mantle wanting it to just blend in with the wall. I painted a slab of wood and 2 sconces I picked up from a yard sale the same color as the wall. The fireplace doors were a shiny brass (which I’m not a fan of) so I painted them with flat black heat resistant paint.
Once you’ve taken those steps, the staging begins. Simply put, redecorating with what you have left. Don’t throw a lot of spices into the soup. Like I’ve said, bland is best. This is one time in your life you want to be boring.
You can use fun bold colors for accents but the biggest lesson I learned from years of selling real estate is that most buyers cannot look beyond what is right in front of them. You want them to look at the space and envision their own furnishings. If they see colors they don’t like you can easily lose that sale. The first thing to do when staging is to paint every wall a pale neutral color.
Kitchens are key in the staging process because this is where we usually have our counters loaded with everything we use on a day to day basis. It’s also the most important room in the house for most people because, let’s face it, this is where we congregate and like to hang out.
Cabinets need to be cleaned out and organized to make room for all the stuff on the counters to be put away in. Sure you can leave out a few items such as a coffee pot, paper towels and a plant or some flowers but put away the towels, spices, can openers and toasters please.
Keep these tips in mind when staging your house, it’ll make selling it easier!