Real estate agents know a house that is well-prepared for sale will usually sell faster and for a higher price. Staging a home properly makes it more attractive to a potential buyer. The goal is to create the “wow” factor for a home that is listed for sale, which makes it look like it belongs in a magazine.
Staging to Get a Higher Sales Price
About 85 percent of homes, which were staged, sold for six percent to 25 percent more, and Forbes says that 95 percent of staged homes sell in less than 11 days. This is about half of the average time it takes for a home sale if the home has not been staged.
Home Staging Tips
Here are some tips if you want to stage a home properly:
Curb Appeal: The first impression of a home is “curb appeal.” This is what is seen when driving by a home or looking at a photo of the front. Ways to improve curb appeal include landscaping, cutting the lawn, and cleaning up debris. If the weather permits, put blossoming flowers in pots to line the walkway to the front door. A fresh paint job on the exterior is very nice. If you decide to paint, choose a neutral color palette.
De-Clutter: Go through your home and label all the things that need to be removed to be put temporarily in a self-storage unit. You will want to remove at least 50 percent of the things in order to make the home feel more spacious. Be sure to take out anything that is bulky like big pieces of furniture.
Closets: Pack up and remove at least 80% closet contents. You want the closets to look huge when a potential buyer opens the closet door. Leave just a few of your nicest-looking clothes on hangers. Empty the shelves. Leave nothing on the floor. Put everything in boxes to take to your self-storage unit.
De-Personalize: Pack for storage all the things such as family photos, toys, and other personal effects. The idea here is to make it easy for a potential buyer to imagine the home is their home.
Garage: Clear out the garage completely. Remove everything. Clean and repaint the floor. Take the entire contents of the garage to your storage unit.
Clean Everything: Make your home look like a fine hotel. Have the carpet thoroughly cleaned. Polish the flooring. Scrub the bathrooms until they sparkle. Remove all mildew. Repair and replace any broken tiles, ugly grout, and caulking.
Interior Paint: When repainting, choose neutral colors. Off-white is nice; however, avoid bright white. Use softer tones like almond, light grey, or beige.
Less is More: Your goal is to remove as much as possible and leave just the best-looking things to make a very attractive interior design. You don’t want the house to look empty, just elegant.
Vacant homes also sell better when they are staged by putting a small amount of furniture and things in them. Professional staging companies keep home staging packages in storage units so that the staging can be deployed and used in a vacant home.
When it comes to storage, make sure you have enough storage space. Getting a climate-controlled storage space is important. It will protect your items from potential damage caused by hot temperatures and excessive humidity.
Why Choose BTA Self Storage
BTA Self Storage may have a location closer to you than you think! Our four locations in Rockwall, Royse City, Forney/Terrell, and Wills Point not only have climate and non-climate storage units, parking for your RVs, boats and vehicles, we also have all the moving supplies you need from boxes to furniture covers along with trucks and trailers. BTA Self Storage is family and locally owned and operated too. We have been in business since 1998 and our friendly employees are waiting to help answer your storage questions.