If you want your home to sell quickly and for the highest value, your first step is to nail the presentation. That’s what the concept of home staging is all about—setting the stage to draw in prospective buyers and convince them your property is the one they’re looking for. This is especially important if you’ve decided to auction your home and have only a short window of time to persuade them to make a competitive offer.
Check out these fundamental home staging strategies and use them to put your house’s best foot forward on the market or auction block!
Cut the clutter.
Buyers and bidders looking at your home need to be able to see as much usable space as possible. Help them out by doing a purge of every room, dividing items into ones that can be trashed, donated or sold (maybe even at your auction!), and the ones you’re keeping. Any items in the keep pile that you don’t need immediately can be moved to offsite storage. After you’ve decluttered, hire a professional cleaner or start scrubbing yourself until every inch of your newly organized space sparkles.
Paint your walls neutral.
The goal is to make your property appeal to the widest range of buyers possible. You need to create a space where anyone can envision implementing their own style and making it feel like home. The best way to do that? Neutral colored walls that can serve as a backdrop for any vision. Plus, a fresh coat of paint will give your home a crisp, updated look.
Use furniture and décor to make your house feel like a home.
A prospective buyer should walk into your house, feel welcomed, and see the lifestyle potential of your space. If they walk in to find vacant, lifeless rooms, it’s going to be difficult for them to connect. The right furniture and décor will help them make that connection. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you arrange your furnishings:
- Don’t overdo it—all you need is one main piece to define the room (couch, bed, dining table), two or three supporting pieces, and a few accents to add a little personality and warmth
- Arrange furniture to highlight the best features of each room (a fireplace, bay window, archway, etc.)
- Depersonalize—it shouldn’t feel like your home
- Keep your style cohesive to help the space flow
- Let in plenty of natural light and supplement with artificial where necessary
At Smith & Co. Auction & Realty, we work with our clients to ensure their properties are fully ready for the local market before an auction or sale. Our agents know what buyers in Woodward are looking for and will use that knowledge to help prepare the best version of your home possible.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help secure you a lucrative home sale!