Proper staging of your home for sale

One question I get from my sellers is, “How to set up our home for selling?” or “How to set it up for staging?” If you have lived in your home for a long time, chances are you will have accumulated a lot of stuff. What you want to do is when you are getting ready to sell your home is to de-clutter it, and make it a little less persona.  You want to have the person come in imagine themselves living there.

Now keep in mind that you may love green paint on the wall or aqua appliances but that won’t sell your home. What you need to do is to set it up, so there’s space and a neutral, non-offensive color scheme.  This allows people to see themselves living in your soon to be former home.

Now the interesting thing I’ve learned over the years is people are funny.  Let’s say you have white or beige walls.  People will come in and if they don’t like the color, they will say in their mind, and perhaps to the realtor, that we can paint it.

But interestingly enough, if you have an off color or strange color on your wall, when they come in, they’ll say, “Oh, I hate it.” They will either not buy the home or they will discount it in their minds far more than what will cost you for the actual repainting.

The other option which we actually use pretty regularly is we actually bring in professional stagers or professional staging services that walk you through the home, and tell you what to box up and put away. They will tell you what to keep out even what colors to repaint? They will also tell you what upgrades you actually need to make because you never get a second chance to make a first impression. You want to have your home staged and looking good, so that people can imagine themselves living there.