Home Staging Checklist: Ways to Make Buyers Love Your Interiors

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    Look to Interior Design Trends for Staging Inspiration

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    When it comes to selling your house, there is one thing to keep in mind that people don’t buy houses, they buy homes. That’s where home staging comes in. The idea is to make it easy for potential buyers to envision themselves and their families living in your home. Properly grooming and decorating a house to showcase its best features can have a significant impact on how quickly and for what price it sells. Make sure to refer to this handy home staging checklist when preparing your home for the market.

    Use Interior Design Trends to Gain Inspiration

    In the same way as fashion changes over time, interior design trends also move as the seasons come and go. So to stay ahead of the game when preparing your home for sale, browse the web and check out the latest interior design magazines to find what’s trending. For instance, modern interiors call for a base that is kept neutral with flashes of bright color to brighten up the palette. Also, less structured, informal furnishings are the way to go. And of course, spaciousness tops the list. These days, buyers are looking for spacious modern homes where they can find comfort at the end of the working day or spend quality time with their family.

     

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    Consider a Mini Makeover to Update your Home's Interiors

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    Make a Home Staging Checklist When Planning Out Your Spaces

    A beautifully staged interior not only functions well but also creates a mood so that the buyer can envision themselves living in your home. To achieve this consider making a home staging checklist that includes basic home design principles. If you do not have a natural focal point such as a fireplace or a window with a view, create one with a lively piece of art or a colorful area rug. If you have one, direct your main furniture pieces towards it. Secondly, determine whether the furniture pieces justify the function of a room. If the furniture piece is too small or too large for the size of a room, trade it for something else that may be appropriate. Once you see your planning on paper, it can often make home staging less daunting.

    Consider a Mini Home Makeover in Outdated Rooms

    A mini home makeover will help revive your outdated rooms and will keep your budget in check. Even minor cracks in the ceiling, flooring or walls can turn off potential buyers. They make surfaces look unattractive and can make them think that there are hidden damages to house structural elements. So, patch up cracks, watermarks, or dents before putting your house on the market. Moreover, adding a fresh coat of paint for a more current, updated look is always a good idea.

     

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    Keep Bad Odors At Bay When Home Staging

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    Keep odors away in your laundry room and closets. Getty Images

    Get Rid of Clutter and Personal Items

    Believe it or not, taking the time to clean and declutter your house is one of the most important steps when it comes to home staging. So, make sure to thoroughly clean the entire house, scrub tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen, clean hardwood floors, and get rid of all dust bunnies.  Another equally important aspect to take care of is removing personal items. Things like family photos, religious books, mementos, or anything that speaks about your personal taste should be packed away.

    Remove Bad Odors When Home Staging

    When preparing to stage a house, make sure to get rid of sources of bad odors by making it super clean, dealing with pet issues and cigarette smoke, and removing smelly clothes and shoes to name a few. While often overlooked, good air quality is an important aspect of home staging. However, to achieve that make sure not use overpowering air fresheners. Just do what’s essential to make it smell naturally clean and welcoming.

    Overall, staging does not have to be expensive or take a lot of time. It helps to create a home that potential buyers feel welcomed and each area looks appealing. Use these 5 home staging checklist tips to save time staging your home this season.