by Dan Wolf
on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 5:38am.
Staging a home is a crucial part of selling a home. It must allow the potential buyer to see themselves in your home. If you want to sell your home for the highest value (and the shortest amount of time), you should do the following:
1. Dust off or cast off your possessions in the house. Are some possessions not exactly 'status quo' or would make the house seem strange? Hide those away or, if you don't have a particular attachment to these items, donate them to charity. Dusting off everything in the house (even the couches: use a computer air duster) will make your home look livelier for potential buyers. Don't forget the blinds and curtains if you have them!
2. Display your best items for staging your home; show off that 18-piece dining set or break out the homemade chandelier that has been gathering dust in storage (why would that be in storage anyway?). Thoroughly clean your kitchen appliances so they appear spotless and almost brand new. Showing off increases the 'glam' factor and aesthetics to buyers. Everybody likes a well designed home and decor, especially if it is pleasing to the eyes.
3. Hide storage vessels (boxes, crates, etc.) in the garage or in your closet. Keep the house looking simple, clean, and elegant. Personally, I find it off putting when people have their boxed up knickknacks as part of the 'decor'. You want to make the best first impression, so it's best to get these items out of public viewing. At the very least, stuff the storage temporarily under a bed until after the showing or the open house.
By implementing these 3 tips when staging your house, you greatly increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly and for top price.