If you are trying to sell your home and aren't getting any offers or anyone looking at your home, the problem could be the way your home is staged (or not staged). Nobody wants to come and look at a home that has a lot of clutter laying around or that is filled with collectibles and other personal memorabilia. If your home is too cluttered with your belongings, it could be difficult for a potential buyer to really see your home. Read on for tips to help you stage your home.
In your kitchen, be sure to wipe down all of your cabinets to clean up all of the grime on the cabinet fronts and handles. Remove as much as you can from the countertops, including all small appliances. This helps enable a potential buyer to see how much counter space is available. Remove objects from the top of cabinets or on top of the refrigerator. If you have a table in your kitchen, clean it off and set the table with a napkins, plates, glasses and utensils. If you only have an island with chairs, set this up the same way.
Set your dining room table with a formal setting. Remove any clutter from the room or unnecessary items that don't belong in a dining room such as kids toys or other items. If you have a hutch, clear it out so it isn't too cluttered. If you have a lot of furniture in the dining room, take out what you can to help open up the space.
The living room is usually one of the most cluttered spaces. Clean it out so you have enough room to move around, but so it doesn't look too empty. Remove clutter from the walls, including family photos. Make the room look as neutral as possible.
Bedrooms hold a lot of personal items. Clear out as much as you can from these rooms, including in the closets. Clean up below beds and remove items from dressers. Inside the closets, you should be able to see the entire closet, so remove clothing and anything that is on the floors.
- Open up the curtains and blinds to bring in plenty of natural light. Bringing in more light helps open up a room and gives it the illusion of being larger.
- Paint over brightly colored rooms with something more neutral; think tan, white or gray colors.
- Add mirrors to smaller rooms and use the light and the mirror to create the illusion of a larger space.
If need be, store all of your items in a storage unit until you can get your home sold. The extra effort it takes to stage your home will be well worth it when you begin to get offers for your home. If you are having problems staging your home, call a professional staging or interior design company for help.