Get rid of all your clutter
When staging a home, your goal is to make it as presentable as possible to prospective buyers. You’re aiming to sell a picture of their life living in that house. But you’re never going to achieve that illusion with all the clutter and junk scattered around the house. Stowaway any unwanted items, organize your stuff and clean the space until it’s sparkling clean. And remember; don’t just put your junk in a closet for a curious buyer to discover. Instead, box them up and get them out of the house or at least the basement or attic.
After getting rid of clutter, you should do a deep cleaning. Make your living room and kitchen sparkle and make sure you close the toilet lid before your showings. You should also air out the whole house by opening the windows. Never use air fresheners or scented candles as they might trigger allergies to potential buyers. If you keep pets at home, you should wash all that they touch to remove the smell of a pet in the home. To get all these things done right, consider hiring a professional to help with the cleaning but only if you have the budget.
Keep it light and bright
The next thing you want to do in showing and staging your home is to make sure the rooms are as bright as possible. So open your blinds, change those curtains to something light and airy, and make sure all your lights are working. Not only that, make sure they’re appealing as well, get rid of dark and dingy lampshades.
Play around with different color temperatures for the lighting. Keep in mind that the whiter the light, the more it will resemble daylight. In selecting the right light bulb, check the Kelvin ratio on the packaging to help you select the correct bulb. Soft white is around 2700K to 3000K. Natural daylight is between 5000K and 6000K. But before doing all these, you should maximize the natural light available in your house. During the showing day, open all the curtains and blinds and only add supplemental lighting where it’s necessary.
Show the important rooms first
This next step might cost you a little money because it requires you to rent or buy new furniture and removing old ones into a storage facility. If you are a little tight on the budget, you can still showcase the house but make sure you stage the important rooms first. The living room should always look to perfection. Next, the kitchen should be as clean and organized as possible. Lastly, showcase the master bedroom in all its relaxing glory.
Remove or rent furniture
When it comes to showing your house, the general rule is to remove about half of the furniture. This might be a little tricky since you still have to live in the house after the showing. But the goal is to attract potential buyers to your place by making it look bigger and you do that with less furniture inside. The best thing you can do is store your own furniture somewhere and rent different ones for the showing.
If your furniture has seen better days and don’t look as appealing as they once were, you can either replace them with shiny new ones, put them in storage and rent new ones, or you can sell or donate your old furniture if you don’t plan to take it with you when you move. If you’ve already moved out, you can go for pop-up furniture pieces. They are less expensive than buying or renting real ones and they will give potential buyers a sense of space.