Interior Design Staging Sells Houses Faster
In today’s super competitive housing market, any small advantage can make a big difference in selling your home. In order to avoid getting into pricing wars with homeowners who are selling similar properties, you need to focus on adding value to your home and making it appeal to buyers in intangible ways. You want buyers to simply “feel good” in your home and be able to focus on the great point about the home. In order to do this, you need to remove yourself from the picture and let the home speak for itself, as if you do not even live there. One way to do this is to use interior design techniques to “stage” your home for sale.
Certainly, one of the least expensive ways to spruce up a home is to give it a coat of fresh paint in modern colors. Updating paint makes a huge difference! Buyers will be able to see themselves in the home instead of seeing the work that needs to be done. This would be a precursor to any interior design work that should be done. Another precursor is to rid your home of excess clutter. Clean out the cabinets, closets, shelves, and counter tops of anything that is not truly necessary. This allows buyers to imagine their possessions in the home instead of yours, and makes it appear larger.
You will want to use interior design principles to show off your home’s features. If you have a great view, for example, make it a focal point by grouping furniture around it. Even if you use the family room for television viewing instead of looking out the window, focusing the room’s set-up on a great feature of the house makes it that much more memorable to buyers. In the kitchen, draw the eye toward any special details like a beautiful island or backsplash display.
Interior design can even be applied to outdoor living spaces in order to help sell your home. Pay attention to color coordination in your yard and make your flower pots color coordinates, for example. Your patio or deck will show much better if you stage or arrange the furniture to gather around a focal point and to accomplish specific purposes such as a corner for reading, an area for conversation, and a place for outdoor eating and drinking. You will also want to declutter the yard and the garage. You may need to rent a storage unit to keep all your decluttered items, but one month’s rent on a storage facility is well worth the added profits that you can make on your home by clearing out garbage and clutter and letting potential buyers fill it with their own possessions in their mind’s eye.