How to Stage Your Home to Attract the Best Offer

First impressions make all the difference in life, including when you’re selling your home. When potential buyers arrive at your home, they can immediately feel strongly about the possibility of living there, and it’s all based on your home’s aesthetic and atmosphere.

Recently, my husband and I purchased a home in a middle-class neighborhood. The outside wasn’t spectacular or trendy, but it stood out to me from the moment we arrived. I remember first noticing the well-kept yard and the organized interior that gave me a sense of spaciousness. I even recall noticing the plug-in air fresheners they were using.

Here are three categories to consider when you’re preparing to sell:

  1. Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. Research has shown that most buyers won’t even consider purchasing a home if they don’t like how it looks from the outside. What’s most important when it comes to curb appeal? A freshly painted front door, a well-cared for lawn, and trimmed trees and bushes. Consider adding a wreath or new light fixtures to boost your home’s appeal.
  2. Cleanliness is the second most important factor to consider, which can be challenging if you’re still living in the home while you’re staging it. Get rid of clutter, and focus on high-traffic areas. Try to picture your home through someone else’s eyes. They’re not going to be inspecting inside your cupboards, so focus on the most noticeable areas — the kitchen sink and counters, windows, floors, and bathrooms.
  3. Finally, ensure that your home has a few fresh decorative touches. Smell is highly connected to emotion, so if you can’t bake fresh bread before every showing, use air freshener. You can add attractive touches with simple floral arrangements and greenery.

Preparing your home to sell can seem daunting, but if you focus on creating a simplified, clean, and welcoming atmosphere, it can go a long way toward attracting homebuyers who will give you your best offer. Happy staging!