Before you list your home for sale, it's important to stage your property. Staging is often done in phases, starting with getting organized and finishing with one final deep cleaning. Knowing the basics of home staging can help you get ready to sell your house.
Getting organized is an involved process that may involve purging, purchasing organizational systems and removing clutter from your home. This is usually done in stages and can take months to complete, so many home sellers will start this process months in advance of selling their New Eastside home.
To start, get rid of unnecessary clutter including old bills, unwanted clothes, unused holiday decorations, duplicate books, VHS tapes, toys your children have outgrown and so on. These objects fill shelves, take up space on counters, fill bins and closets and make your home look smaller and darker than it really is. The purging process can happen in many different ways, including:
- Garage sales
- Charity donation
- Throwing away
Once the excess clutter has been removed, make a serious effort to organize what is left. Modular organizational systems, attractive baskets and furniture with hidden storage compartments can all help you clear your floors and make your home look tidy, clean and well maintained.
Touch Up Paint
Dirty walls and chipped paint can make rooms look unclean and unkempt. Sometimes cleaning the walls is enough to make the home look fresh again, but often touch-up paint can do the job better than soap and water. Touch up your walls room-by-room to make your home look clean and like-new.
Lighter spaces have a way of looking more spacious and airy. There are many ways that a home seller can make the rooms in their home appear lighter:
- Remove heavy curtains, but leave the sheers behind
- Install lamps in dark corners
- Clean the windows
- Prune trees and bushes that block windows
- Install mirrors on the walls, especially on walls opposite from windows
- Replace burned out light bulbs
Create Focal Points
Focal points give each room a decorative flair. Sometimes a simple vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit or a garland around candles is enough to be a focal point. Redecorate each room to install natural focal points.
Catch Up On Maintenance
Small maintenance problems like broken doors, broken windows, broken latches and loose handles can make your home seem poorly constructed and poorly maintained. Fixing these problems before listing your home for sale can leave buyers with a better impression of the property as a whole.
Deep Clean Everything
Deep cleaning is one of the last steps in home staging. This phase should happen in the week before the house is listed for sale, so that it will still be very clean when buyers start coming to see it. During this phase, clean everything you would normally clean, plus some things that are not cleaned as often, including:
- The space under beds.
- Decorative plates
- Behind pieces of furniture
- Ceiling fans
It's also a good idea to clean parts of the house where people spend less time, like the garage, shed and basement.
Work With Your Real Estate Professional
Before you list your home for sale, it's important to consult with a real estate professional who understands the art of staging. Your real estate professional can give you suggestions that will help you make your home look good before your property goes on the market.
Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales. Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit www.seeChicagorealestate.com for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !