Appealing to Buyers Senses: Home Staging Tips That Work

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    Appeal to Buyers' 5 Senses with these Refreshing Tips

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    Refresh your interiors with colorful decor. Getty Images

    Finding home staging tips that work can often be a challenge. You’ve painted your house, cleaned it, and installed new fixtures. All that’s left is for home buyers to fall in love with it and make an offer. However, there are many homes for sale in the neighborhood, and you’re worried yours may not stand out. How do you make sure your home captures the attention of buyers? Appeal to their five senses. Use these home staging tips that work to lure buyers.​

    Refresh Your Home Decor

    Too much home décor can be an eyesore to home buyers. Don’t fill your house with furniture, weird accessories, and unnecessary junk. They will distract buyers from focusing on your home. Edit everything and showcase only a few pieces. If you have many knickknacks you don’t want to get rid of, place them in a curio cabinet. Group similar pieces together and get rid of insubstantial ones.

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    Bring Textures and Comfortable Furniture into your Home

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    Appeal to Buyers’ Senses

    People have different allergies, so it’s best to steer clear of artificial air fresheners when staging your home. The best aroma is freshness brought about by cleanliness. Before a showing or an open house, clean all the surfaces with hot water and a gentle cleaning solution. Consider cleaning the night before a showing, so your home has time to air itself out. Ensure pet areas are clean and other odors aren't detracting from your home.

    You can also bake cookies, bread, or brew coffee. However, some potential buyers may think you are trying too hard to impress and conclude that you have something to hide. If you are sure that the tactic will work for your target market, go for it.

    Stage With Comfortable Furniture

    Buyers respond positively to soft and comfortable furniture. They can’t resist velvety soft sofas, cozy cushions, comfy bed linen, or fluffy white towels. Home buyers judge homes based on their furnishings. If they see plain, ugly furniture, they will think that the house isn’t well maintained. Make your house cozy and comfy by using lush sofas, rugs, and ottomans. Use tactile textures throughout your interiors to make it feel comforting.


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    The Right Lighting Can Make all the Difference

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    Bring in natural light and creative lighting for sight sense. Getty Images

    Welcome in Buyers With Soft Music

    Consider playing soft or quiet music every time you have a showing. Pick music that caters to your target market and select music that won't be distracting but will lend a calm to your home. Music selection is of utmost importance as the music dictates mood so stay away from anything with vocals. Instrumentals and soft jazz are popular genres.

    Ensure the type of music you choose corresponds with the home you’re selling. If you’re selling a luxury home in an established area, play light classical; if your home overlooks the water, play coastal inspired music in the background. Make sure the music is loud enough to be heard but low enough so you can have a comfortable conversation while standing near it.

    Use the Right Lighting Fixtures and Colors

    Lighting and color appeal to people’s sense of sight. Lighting helps buyers to determine whether a house is large enough for their needs. Illuminate every room and use a lot of natural light. You may have to remove drapes and trim overgrown bushes and trees which block sunlight. Add lamps to rooms with insufficient light and ensure they are anchored by furniture pieces, so they don’t look unnatural and awkward.

    When choosing a color, think of the effect you want to create. Color can add warmth, create an atmosphere, or draw attention. Choose a primary color, a secondary color, and tertiary colors for each room. For example, you can paint the walls white, use gray furnishings, and display green and blue paintings. You can also use color to highlight your home’s architectural features.