Proper home staging could mean a quick sale and higher selling price if done right. It's more than just tidying up and cleaning every room. Here are five ways you can leave a positive impression on potential buyers.
Eliminate Clutter -- Clear the clutter from around your home. It's easy to overlook things you see everyday, so try to look at all spaces with fresh eyes. Consider having a friend come over to help point out unnecessary items. Even larger things like coat racks and side tables can make a room feel smaller.
Clean Out Storage Spaces -- Open up space in kitchen and bathroom cupboards, closets and other storage areas. Pack up items you don't regularly use, and put them out of sight or donate them. When these areas are completely full, potential buyers could think that your home doesn't have enough storage.
Clear the Way -- Make sure potential homebuyers can move through your house easily. Remove furniture that blocks the natural flow of traffic or hinders sight lines into other rooms.
Remove Personal Items -- Family pictures, children's artwork and other personal items should be removed or pared down to avoid adding distraction. Personal belongings can also make it hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space.
Remember Curb Appeal -- Make a strong first impression by sprucing up your front yard and entryway. Replace the house numbers and exterior light fixtures if necessary. Keep the lawn mowed, the yard free of clutter and toys, and the plants well maintained.