Staging your home is a proven strategy for speeding up the
sales process in California. It can even help boost your home’s value when
offers start coming in. By highlighting your home’s strengths and giving
prospective buyers a sense of how they’d utilize different spaces, you
can help these prospects develop emotional attachments to your home.
Here are some quick tips for helping you along with the staging process:
Pay attention to lighting
Great lighting is crucial for making your home look warm and
welcoming. If you notice that some areas of your home are dark and
dreary, increase the wattages of the lightbulbs in the fixtures and
lamps. A good rule of thumb is to have a total of 100 watts of lighting
for every 50 square feet of interior space. Also, you should strive for
three different types of lighting per room: accent lighting (on a wall
or table), task lighting (such as a reading or under-cabinet light), and
ambient lighting (overhead).
Update your appliances
Alright, so you might not be willing to spend thousands of dollars on
installing new, stainless steel appliances just for staging. However,
studies show that new appliances in the kitchen garner high returns for
sellers, especially in areas like Lake Mathews and Corona. This means you
increase your chances of getting a better price for your home!
A great, inexpensive solution is to apply stainless steel stick-on
coverings to all of your appliances. These coverings can quickly
transform an outdated kitchen into one that screams ultra-modern.
Get rid of unnecessary furniture
It should go without saying that, when staging a home, tackling
clutter is a must. However, sellers often forget about some of the
biggest causes of clutter: couches, chairs, and tables. Having too much
furniture in your home can make it seem small and cramped.
Before you start showing your home, take a walk around and remove
furniture items that you can live without. You don’t need to get rid of
everything (after all, you want the space to look lived-in), but you
want to make sure you’re maximizing available space.