As the listing agent of a home, one of the first questions I am often asked by the seller is if we offer staging services. My answer is yes and no. Staging a home is more often about removing items than it is about adding items to the home. I am happy to provide a vision and some guidance but as a seller the majority of the heavy lifting will fall on you.
Declutter and depersonalize your home. Start moving out. This will prepare your home for the potential buyers. Whoever walks through your home needs to be able to envision themselves living there and that is difficult to do when the home is personalized with all of your belongings. An added bonus of this process is that it will help you shift your mindset from that of an owner, to that of a seller.
Lets get started…. Make your way through every drawer (yes people open drawers), closet and room in the house and ask yourself 2 questions:
- Is this space crowded?
- Does this have my name written all over it?
If the space is crowded pack some stuff up. If the space has your name written all over it pack it up. It’s that simple. Yes, it’s a lot of work but it’s that simple. Once the home (remember you are a seller, not an owner anymore so it is THE home) is decluttered and depersonalized we can talk about step 2., which is working with the furniture you already have to highlight the space within each room and Step 3. Adding and updating some items within your home.
Notice what all of these photos have in common. The space is not full of furniture, it is decluttered and it is not personal. Remember it is worth it in the end. This process will help bring the highest price for your home that the market will bare.
All photos in this post are from listings courtesy of Chin MacQuoid Fleming Harris and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.