Staging a home is a daunting task, even for the most experienced home seller. That’s why professional home stagers are so popular.
But home staging can be done on your own without too much difficulty, as long as you know what you’re doing. If you’re staging your home for the first time in New York, here are a few tips to get you started.
Start with a Deep Clean
It’s difficult to make a dirty home look good, so your first step should be to deep clean your home. You can hire a professional cleaner to do it for you, or you can save some money by doing it yourself. Just make sure you’re thorough because home buyers will notice any extra grime left behind.
Declutter and Depersonalize
Once your house is clean, it’s time to reduce the clutter. Go through room by room and aim to reduce the amount of stuff by a third. Focus your efforts on things like piles of magazines, loose papers, power cords, and unsightly items cluttering countertops and bookshelves. While you’re at it, take down any family photos and make sure personal items like toothbrushes are kept out of sight.
Touch up Paint
While a fresh coat of paint over all the walls is never a bad idea, touching up any spots that need it is usually sufficient for staging a home. Pay special attention to baseboards since they tend to get scuffed up quite a bit. If your paint is especially dated or a polarizing color, then you’re probably better off with painting it all a fresh, neutral color.
Style the Shelves
Bookshelves, entry tables, and hanging shelves are a great place to make your home look beautiful. Styling shelves can be difficult, especially if you don’t have much interior design knowledge. Use these 7 shelf styling tips from designer Kathy Kuo as inspiration to get started.
Add in Greenery
You don’t need to have a full greenhouse inside, but some light touches of greenery will help your home feel fresh, clean, and welcoming. Hanging plants are all the rage right now and add a lot of dimension to a home. Whatever greenery you choose, you can never go wrong with potted plants.
Rearrange the Furniture
The way the furniture is laid out has a huge impact on how home buyers feel about a space, and the size of the furniture is important as well. Oversized furniture can make a room feel extra small while too-small furniture makes rooms look awkward and uncomfortable. Examine the furniture in each room and make sure it’s the right size for the space, and then rearrange it to a way that makes the room flow naturally.
WNY Home Buyers Is Here
Staging a home in New York is a lot of work, and not every home stages well. If you’re ready to sell your home but aren’t so sure about staging, WNY Home Buyers is here to help. We buy homes in Buffalo, New York, in any condition. No staging required. We can close on any day that you choose, and you’ll walk away with cash in-hand. Contact us today to get an offer on your New York home!