Home staging is the practice of presenting a property in the best possible light to buyers, and if executed properly can help to sell a home. The goal of home staging, according to U.S. News and World Report, is to allow home buyers to imagine themselves as residents rather than guests and envision their own possessions and daily lives inside the home.
In order to make this possible, one expert recommends that home sellers go through each room and separate possessions into those that will be used as part of staging the room, and those that will not. The belongings in the second category should be removed from the room and stored elsewhere. While home sellers may find a room feels bare when staged, clutter makes rooms seem smaller to home buyers and may negatively affect their opinions.
Removing items from the home
Investopedia notes baby pictures, family photos and other extremely personal belongings should be packed away. The absence of such personal items may make homeowners more comfortable with allowing prospective buyers to see their home and help home buyers imagine it as their own.
Home sellers may want to rent a storage unit or find someplace else to pack nonessential items for a while. Books, holiday decorations and other belongings that are not needed on a regular basis can all be packed up. When moving out, home sellers will need to do this eventually anyway, so it does not create additional work.
Preparing rooms for visitors
One expert told U.S. News and World Report that cleaning, while obvious, may be more important than some home sellers realize. Prospective home buyers may react more pleasantly to imagining themselves living in a home if it is already clean.
When they see a dirty home, on the other hand, they may wonder if it is a sign of neglect. If so, they may be afraid of a home having problems that are not easily visible.
According to Investopedia, another factor to keep in mind is furniture. Room arrangements can be altered to suit a family’s lifestyle, such as converting a living room into an office or library. When staging a home, it is recommended to return these rooms to their original purpose and make it clear from the furnishings and remaining decorations what that purpose is.