10 Easy Ways to Stage Your Columbus Home
Think your home is ready for buyers? It's crucial to stage every inch of your space to perfection before you list—but that doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money or time to do it right. Here are our top 10 staging tips that will really draw buyers into your home!
First impressions matter...especially when you're selling a home. And if your exterior isn't clean, polished, and well-maintained, most buyers won't even make it inside! Here are a few easy ways to spruce up your curb appeal.
Create curb appeal
Before your home hits the market, take an objective look at it from the outside. Has it been a while since you powerwashed? Is your landscaping looking dead or overgrown? Are you missing some shingles? Be sure to make any necessary repairs and updates to really impress potential buyers!
Enhance your porch
Even if you don't have a sprawling front porch, you can still add some accents to help welcome buyers inside. A new door mat, a potted plant, and some seasonal decorations will help refresh your space. To go above and beyond, consider painting your front door or adding a new porch light.
Spruce up outdoor areas
Your front yard isn't the only area that needs a little TLC. Many buyers are looking for homes with plenty of outdoor space, so make sure your deck, patio, porch, balcony, and backyard are all looking their best. That means you might have to do a little landscaping and cleaning!
Cleaning & Repairs
Buyers aren't going to be interested in a home with maintenance issues, lingering repair projects, or excess grime! Here are a few tasks you'll want to check off your to-do list before you sell.
Finish repair projects
Now is the time to address any repairs, fixes, or maintenance issues that you've been putting off! Remember—if the buyer doesn't find them, their home inspector probably will...and it can cost you a sale.
Clear out the clutter
We all have at least a little clutter...but having too much can make your home feel smaller. Take some time to declutter, reorganize, and donate or sell any items you don't plan on keeping. It might be helpful to rent out a storage unit, too.
Do a deep clean
Let's face it—no buyer wants to see dirt, dust, grime, mildew, mold, or cobwebs. Be sure to deep clean every inch of your home before you list, and try to keep everything spotless between showings. If you're short on time, consider hiring a professional cleaning company instead.
Interior decor is one of the most important aspects of staging—and it's also the most fun! Here are a few tips that will have buyers falling in love with your listing!
Depersonalize your decor
Buyers are trying to visualize themselves living in your home—which means they probably don't want to see family photos, tons of decorations, or brightly colored walls. Now is the time to neutralize your interior by depersonalizing and incorporating more muted hues (like beige or grey).
Create balance with furniture
Does your space look a little cramped? Chances are, your furniture has something to do with it. Get rid of big, bulky pieces and push furniture away from the wall to make rooms appear larger. Adding mirrors can also enhance your space and reflect lots of natural light!
The Final Details
If you want your home to have a little pizazz, here are a few final touches that can make a huge difference.
Enhance your lighting
Natural light can really amp up your space, so don't forget to throw back the drapes, open the blinds, and let a little breeze in if the weather is nice. If a room feels a little dark, try adding incorporating some lamps or switching existing light bulbs out for ones with a higher wattage.
Bring the outdoors inside
Your decor might be neutral, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. A few splashes of color can really warm up a home, so don't be afraid to add a potted plant, a vase of flowers, a wreath with freshly-cut greens, or some fall branches.
Looking for More Staging Tips?
Staging your Columbus home doesn't have to be hard! If you're looking for more tips and tricks, just contact the Yoder-Barnhart Team for more details. We have all the resources you need to sell your home for top dollar!