4 Tips For Staging Your Southern Maryland House For Fall Showings

Kimberly Bean
Published on October 16, 2015

4 Tips For Staging Your Southern Maryland House For Fall Showings

 

If done right, staging a home for showings can be very rewarding. It requires making several small changes and decorating in a way that showcases your home’s best assets to impress potential buyers. A knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent can guide you through the process, even possibly selling your house faster and at a higher price.

The biggest buyers during the fall months are those of the Millennial generation, who are known for their attention to detail; and empty nesters, who no longer feel tied to the traditional real estate calendar. Keep these demographics in mind when you’re staging your home.

Here are four tips to consider as you’re staging your home for fall showings.

De-clutter your home

A jumbled home is off-putting, and potential buyers find it unpleasant. Plus, clutter distracts buyers from your home’s best features and gives them the impression that the home doesn’t have enough space.

Pack up and tidy your home well before showings begin. Store these packed possessions out of buyers’ sight, either in the home or a storage facility. Don’t worry! The things you need can stay so long as they are neutral and don’t take up too much space.

Tip: Pull furniture away from the wall to make the room look bigger and more appealing.

Clean your house thoroughly

It seems like an obvious tip, but a good cleaning can significantly enhance the appear of your home. Clean all areas of your home, including not-so-accessible areas like under-sink cabinets, storage areas, and closets.

You might want to hire someone to do the cleaning since you’re likely to ignore critical areas and smells because you’ve gotten used to them over time. Take the time to also clear kitchen counters, leaving only a few decorative items like a scented candle or a bowl of fresh fruit.

Keep outdoor areas maintained, too. Sweep away cobwebs, replace burnt-out lightbulbs, and power wash siding and decks as necessary.

Tip: A new welcome mat and a wreath on the door can increase appeal and make your home welcoming.

Depersonalize the house

Buyers are looking for a space they can call home. Let them envision themselves in your home by removing personal items like photographs and mementos. Instead of photos, consider hanging mirrors that can reflect light and make a room appear more spacious.

Tip: Open blinds and heavy curtains to let in more light and fresh air.

Define your spaces

Each room in your house should have a clearly defined purpose to let potential buyers envision their perfect house formation and organization. This will help buyers see how they can maximize the available space. Realign all room arrangements that you have changed over time, and return rooms to their original purposes. For example, a dining room that has been converted into an office or workspace should now only serve as a dining room.

Tip: A deserted office space should be rearranged to portray the purpose as it should be. This is especially important for Millennial shoppers who want to see a well-organized office space that lets them see themselves telecommuting.

Executing all these tips may be expensive and inconvenient in the short term, but following them can be worth the cost and effort. They can help you command a higher home price and have less time on the market. Plus, you’ll have some of your packing in moving already done in preparation for transitioning to your own new home once the sale is completed.

Hughesville MD Homes for Sale and Real Estate Services in Southern Maryland. You now have a search engine to help you with your Southern Maryland home search! And I’m ready to provide you with a custom home valuation if you’re considering selling your home. Let’s connect to discuss how I can help you. Contact Kimberly Bean at 301-440-1309

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