How to Style Your Home to Sell
When you think about selling a home, you imagine the process going very quickly and seamlessly. After all, it is a home that you love, so how could others not love it, as well? But, unfortunately, a fast and easy selling process does not happen for everyone. I truly believe that the styling and staging of a home has a big part to play in this. It can be very hard for most to detach their emotional feelings and actually stage the home correctly, in order for it to sell faster.
Ideally, you want to create a home that makes prospective buyers fall in love with it. Buyers want to picture themselves living there, so the home needs to have a perfect presentation. Here are a few ways to style your home to sell (hopefully easily and quickly!):
Remove All Clutter
The first thing that you need to do is remove all of your clutter. This will help you move faster and easier in the long run and it will also make your home look much better. Part of this process may require renting a storage unit and storing some of your unnecessary furniture or boxes there, but trust me - uncluttering your home is the easiest thing you can do to improve the look and feel of it, so go ahead and get that storage unit!
Touch-Ups And Improvements
Before you start on your improvements, I really need you to emotionally detach from your home. I know how hard this is, but it is honestly the best piece of advice that I can give you before attempting to sell a home. Hopefully, you have realized that since you are moving, it is going to be someone else’s place. With that being said, you need to take a long look at your house and view it the way that the prospective buyers are going to view it. This is why it’s important to detach - it can be very easy to see your messy playroom and think about all of the beautiful memories that were created there, but a buyer, that has no emotional attachment, is not going to think about it that way. So, with that being said, if you have detached emotionally, you will be better off when it comes to making the improvements and changes that you need to make, in order for your home to sell quickly, easily, and at a price that you want.
Once you detach yourself from the home, you will want to look at the home from a buyer's perspective. What touch-ups and improvements do you need to make? Maybe you need to clean your baseboards and kitchen cabinets, or fix that tiny hole in the wall that was created when you moved in. No matter what improvements you need to make, write them down and start knocking them out before you put your home on the market.
Make Your Color Palette More Neutral
I know it can be easy to fall into the trend of adding a lot of colors into your home, but when it comes to selling it, neutral is key. Even if you need to re-paint your home, I say go for it because it is worth it. Making your home more neutral is a great way to create a blank canvas for your future buyer. Maybe they are those people who love a colorful home and if that’s the case, they will see the potential. Or, maybe they are people who love a neutral home. You’re set! No matter how you look at it, you cover your bases. I have walked into many homes with awful colors and it is such a huge turnoff. Almost always, I feel the need to walk right out the door. If you absolutely need to add some color into your home while staging it, try adding throw blankets or cute pillows on your bed and couch. Just remember: whatever colors you use, try to make the colors coordinate throughout your home.
Add-In Real Plants
Color lovers: this is another way to add some color to your home! It’s also a great way to purify the air and make your home more inviting. I’m not sure what it is about plants, but they automatically make a home feel more inviting, home-y, and also clean. Most, if not all, people are drawn to plants and love seeing them in homes, as well, so add at least one real plant into every other room (or more) - just do not overdo it too much. Pro tip: If you have animals, this is a great addition to help your home stay fresh. Don’t just rely on the plants to do the work, however.
Ask Your Agent
Last but not least, ask your agent what he/she thinks that you could do to improve your listing because they have been down the road many, many times and know what works and what does not. If you are looking for a reputable real estate agent, turn to Erin King Jax Historic Realty. Specializing in Avondale, Riverside, Ortega, San Marco, and Murray Hills Historic Real Estate (and more), Erin brings along a deep understanding of buying and selling homes and has a passion for historic homes. “Erin, who was featured as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Jacksonville Real Producers Magazine, lives in a 1924 Avondale home that he restored with his partner, David. When he isn’t enjoying recreational sports, Erin can be seen strolling the streets of Avondale with his dog, Saedi, often chatting with past clients and neighbors seeking advice about their historic home renovations.” When in doubt, ask your agent how to style your home to sell!
I really hope that you enjoyed this article, and tell me in the comments if my tips were useful for you! Have a wonderful week!