The way you live in your home and the way you market your home are two different things. The following are my top five house staging tips that will make your house feel spacious, organized and welcoming versus overflowing, cluttered and chaotic.
1. Nothing on the kitchen counters
To maximize kitchen space it's important to remove almost all items off countertops. From small appliances, dish racks and spices. Because the kitchen is the hub of the home, we want to showcase the space by maximizing the prep space and creating clean lines for a better visual appeal.
2. Put everything in your bathroom in bins
Bathrooms are a space where toiletries can accumulate. So be sure to remove toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc and keep those countertops clear. We want to showcase the space that the homeowners will get, by removing the visual clutter. To make it easier, while living in your home have a bin available that you can use to store away items for those open houses and impromptu viewings. Then you can easily pull it back out again afterwards for easier access.
3. Get rid of extra pieces of furniture
You’d be amazed at how much bigger and open space can be once you remove a few larger, chunkier furniture pieces. Although more furniture pieces may work perfectly for your family and lifestyle, however, it’s extremely important to maximize the space of a room, and the first step would be to remove the bigger furniture pieces.
4. Clean Clean Clean
Probably one of the most important tips is to ensure your house is “white glove clean”. Ensure the places you don’t think people will look is clean, like in dishwashers, fridges and kitchen cupboards. Cleaning for sale is not just surface clean but a deep clean including window cleaning to create brighter windows with natural light and carpet cleaning as well.
5. Declutter & Depersonalize
Because we want to appeal to as many buyers as possible, it is critical to remove your personal pictures, certificates, souvenirs and knick-knacks. This will make the space more neutral, and also keeps your identity private as well. You will want to remove as many extra items that are not necessary to put out on display. Remember, you have strangers that will be viewing your home, so put away anything you don’t feel comfortable having out in the open.