Design, beauty, and smart decor all play a role in selling a home. Buyers love to see a well-maintained, well-decorated, and beautifully conceptualized home interior. Marketing a home for sale includes many things, one of which is staging and designing the home in ways that appeal to a prospective buyer. By making good design choices and by cleaning up the inside of the home, many homeowners are able to sell their home quickly, effectively and for more money.
Old furniture that has become scratched, broken or faded can detract from the overall appearance of the home. Often, it just takes a few smart furniture replacements to help make the property look more modern and better maintained.
Homeowners who don’t want to shell out the money for furniture replacements may be able to get rid of old furniture without making a replacement. Just eliminating old furniture that is shabby or worn can help free up floor space, making the room look more airy and spacious overall.
When homebuyers come to look at a home, many may want to imagine themselves living in the home. Unfortunately, personal items like family photos, personal collections, and sentimental knick-knacks can all yank buyers out of that fantasy. The best way to stage a home is by depersonalizing the space and making it easier for the buyer to place themselves in the fantasy of living in the home.
Often this involves replacing family photos with professional photographs or art. Sometimes this involves putting away accessories from hobbies, pet toys, collectibles and other items that are very personal and specific to the family.
One of the first steps in staging a home is cleaning up the property. In addition to all the normal cleaning that needs to get done, staging involves a lot of deep cleaning. For example:
- Shampoo the carpets, or replace carpets that are permanently stained.
- Vacuum or launder curtains and drapes.
- Dust shelves and surfaces that are not normally dusted.
- Clean the walls.
- Squeegee the windows.
Taking these small steps can help ensure that the house will be clean when it is seen by home buyers. Home sellers who clean their home many days in advance of its first showing must remember to lightly clean the home again the night before a showing, to ensure that it is sparkling when the buyers arrive for a viewing.
Space matters to home buyers. Buyers often look for spacious homes that will have enough storage space to hold all of their things. There are many ways that home sellers can make their home look more spacious. Often, it takes just a little creative decorating and thorough decluttering to make a home look like it has ample room. Some of the ways that homeowners make their home look more spacious include:
- Clean the closet. Cleaning closets can reinforce the idea that a home has a lot of storage space.
- Get rid of clutter. Clutter can make a home seem claustrophobic and grungy, so decluttering can help.
- Put extra items in storage. Placing excess items in a storage facility can help make the inside of the home seem more spacious.
By creating the appearance of more space, many home sellers make their home more attractive to buyers.
You can also help prospective buyers imagine the home as their own by virtually showcasing different potential interior options. This helps the customers visualize different scenarios and possibilities of how the home could look. A clean and empty living room gives a great idea of the space available, adding some virtual interiors to it will give a sense of how well that space could be used. There are many free tools available online, where you can just create your floor plan and start designing interiors.
There’s nothing like a little greenery to add a touch of class to the interior of a home. Placing a healthy plant near the front door or just inside the bedroom door can help make the house seem fresher and more modern.
For more information about how you can attract buyers to your property through interior design, contact a real estate professional. Your real estate agent can help you before listing your house for sale.