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Staging Your Home

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The Secret to Staging a Home for Quick Sale

Selling a house isn’t easy – but there are tips and tricks along the way that can alleviate some of the stress. One of those things is staging your home for potential buyers. A 2017 National Association of Realtors survey found that 49% of buyers’ agents believe staging affects most buyers’ view of a home, and 77% say it’s easier for people to visualize the staged property as their future home. At Springpoint, we’ve compiled a list of some of our tips to staging your home to get it off the market faster.

Top 10 Home Staging Tips

  1. Boost Your Curb Appeal: Before going for a tour, most people will drive by to see what your house looks like. To leave a great first impression, make sure your home is ready for curious onlookers. A few easy ways to boost your curb appeal is to mow your lawn, install easy-to-read house numbers and wash the front windows.
  2. Stage Important Rooms First: Effective staging can sometimes call for the purchase of new decorations or pieces of furniture, so limit your money spent by focusing on the rooms that will be most important to viewers. Generally speaking, the kitchen, living room and master bedroom are the top priorities for potential buyers.
  3. Clear Your Clutter: While organizing and potentially utilizing offsite storage can take time and patience, it’s well worth your effort to clean up your space. A neat and tidy living space appeals to the greatest number of people.
  4. Depersonalize: When touring a potential home, buyers want to be able to imagine living there. By taking out pictures of family members or plaques highlighting your achievements on the wall, it will be easier for others to get a feel of what their new home would look like.
  5. Add Fresh Flowers: Fresh flowers not only smell nice, but they give a house that homey and welcoming feeling.
  6. Style Your Dining Room Table: The dining room is the place where families come together to share a meal. Although the table can typically look bare between meals, adding one longer centerpiece or multiple smaller centerpieces down a line in the middle makes it look more welcoming.
  7. Rearrange if Necessary: Although a certain arrangement may work for you, it’s important to think about what others see when walking from room to room. Symmetrical arrangements typically work best and pushing larger furniture against the walls opens up space.
  8. Choose Neutral Colors: Lime green might be a fun color, but a sophisticated, soft background makes your house look more pulled together and ready for new homeowners.
  9. Make Those Minor Repairs: That scratch on the wall or wobbly doorknob could be easy to ignore for you – but making those minor repairs removes the possibility of a potential buyer to question their decision based on something insignificant that can be easily fixed.
  10. Aim for a Light Look: Pull your curtains back, open your blinds and make sure your light fixtures are appealing. Buyers typically like lighter rooms, so brightening your home makes it more appealing.

Move Ahead with Springpoint

At Springpoint, we offer the Move Ahead program for those who choose one of our eight Life Plan communities as their next home. This offering means no worries during the moving process, as we’ll be with you every step of the way. We offer a variety of services to simplify your move and ensure a smooth transition to our senior living community, including home staging, sorting and decluttering your belongings, packing and moving, hosting an estate sale and more. Contact us today to learn more about moving to a Springpoint community.

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