Staging is a necessary evil of selling your house. But you can’t stage a cluttered house. Potential home buyers will want to see everything, which means there’s no stuffing clutter into closets or basements. To show off your home at its best and increase interest (and offer prices), you’ve got to declutter everything and stage carefully. Start with these 5 must-do tips to declutter your home.
Potential buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and they won’t be able to when your knick-knacks are everywhere.
Set aside time to go through collections and put away personal items, from family photos and children’s toys to decorative objects, and souvenirs. While a handful of items might be able to serve as accent pieces in the staged home, your best bet is to remove all knick-knacks.
Buyers take a special interest in kitchens. If your counters are cluttered, they will believe that the kitchen lacks storage space. Put away all appliances that aren’t built in, including toasters, stand mixers, espresso machines, and blenders. Box up cookbooks and move any food items into the pantry. Your goal should be clean, clear countertops at all times. This makes a huge difference for potential home buyers.
Refrigerator doors attract clutter, and after a while, you might not even see the clutter because you’re so used to it. Remove all items from the door like magnets, photos, calendars, take-out menus, etc. Then clean the fridge door to remove streaks and handprints.
Give the fridge the same attention inside. Now is the time to pull out and wash produce bins, scrub shelves and go through the condiments on the side door to curate your fridge for showings.
Living rooms, bedrooms, finished basements, and other areas tend to attract printed items and hobby clutter. These rooms will show best when they are free of random items, including paper clutter. Consider that buyers won’t be able to imagine themselves turning that back bedroom into a nursery when it’s set up as a craft room, with bins full of yarn, scrap materials, and ribbon strewed about.
Edit down your clutter and be ruthless. If you haven’t cooked those dog-eared recipes by now, chances are you won’t. Recycle or donate those old magazines, too.
Then turn your attention to hobby materials. Once you go through your stash, you may be surprised at everything you have. Save what still interests you, but box it up. Then toss or donate items that you won’t realistically use.
Don’t overlook electronic clutter. Between smartphones and smart devices, there are more cords than ever around the house. As a general rule, cords and wires should be tucked out of sight. If something isn’t plugged in (or doesn’t need to be plugged in), wind the cord around the device and store it.
You may not be able to put away routers, modems, computers, or printers. For the cords you can’t store, strive to organize everything neatly so home buyers won’t notice cords. Cable hiding stations keep cords out of sight, while decorative baskets provide a handy way to camouflage cords that sit in a tangle on the floor.
As you declutter each area, store items for your pending move, donate them, or toss them. Resist the urge to put things in the garage out of nostalgia to decide later what you’re going to do with them, as this just creates clutter somewhere else. Then give everything a good cleaning to minimize the work you will need to do later on.
While you are moving from room to room decluttering, just remind yourself that the goal is to help potential buyers picture themselves living in your house. Decluttering also has the added benefit of eliminating the apprehension that clutter is hiding big problems in the home.
If decluttering sounds like a nightmare, then consider selling your house as is to HomeGo. We don’t ask you to do or fix anything. Just schedule a walk-through of your property, get a cash offer on the spot, and close knowing you are working with a licensed professional who put you first.
For most homeowners, the garage becomes a catchall place to store clutter. But did you know the garage is a focal point for many home buyers? They expect to see this area staged and ready just like the rest of your house. Getting the garage ready to show means tackling all the clutter, cleaning up cobwebs, and bringing the same attention to detail to a place most people overlook. Check out these garage staging tips to help sell your home.
If you’ve got enough space in the garage that you can park there, that seems like a good thing. Unfortunately, home buyers can’t really see the garage when your car is in there. They can’t see much other than the car. To let potential buyers appreciate all the storage space your garage offers, move the car to the street whenever you have showings.
Oil stains make the driveway look old and neglected. If you have recent stains, they may come up with a baking soda paste. The baking soda will soak up the oil, and the abrasive cleaning action will remove the stain. If the stains are older, pick up a degreaser or engine cleaner. Apply the product using the manufacturer’s directions, then scrub to remove stains.
If you can’t fit your car in your garage because it’s cluttered with stuff, then how will anyone be able to examine the garage?
If you haven’t taken this step already, rent a storage unit for your stuff. This way, you can easily declutter the home and garage once, then keep everything neat for as long as it takes the home to sell. Send everything you are not using to storage.
Then evaluate what’s left. Are these things you need and use? Then see what else can go to the storage unit. Are they things you no longer need or use, or even things you totally forgot you had? It might be better to toss or donate those items— after all, you aren’t missing them!
Now that the garage is tidy, take some extra time to clean it and make it look as new as possible. Power washing the floor is a simple move that pays off big by totally transforming the way your garage looks. Rent a power washer or hire someone to clean the garage floor and exterior so it shines.
If your garage is old, the walls may be stained and dirty. Consider that garages don’t have a lot of natural light and you will realize that your garage can look dingy and dark. That’s not going to attract anyone. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of work to transform the garage. All you need is a can of paint.
When you give the walls a fresh coat of paint, it will hide the blemishes. White paint works best, because it has a clean and fresh look, and it can actually make the garage look larger.
At this point, your garage should be clean and tidy. You’ve gotten rid of most of the clutter and all that’s left are items that a home buyer would expect to find in the garage, such as lawn care equipment and tools. As your last step in staging the garage, organize your tools so everything is neat and easy to find.
Most home buyers won’t do anything to stage their garage. By giving your garage some extra love, you can really wow potential home buyers before they walk through your front door.
If years and years of accumulation has taken over your garage, don’t worry. HomeGo and its licensed real estate agents buy homes no matter what they look like. You can leave everything in your garage exactly as it is. We won’t ask you to repair or clean a thing. All we do is a 10-minute walk-through of your property and you get your cash offer on the spot. So skip the staging and showings, sell your house the easy way.
If your house has a yard, it’s a valuable opportunity to deliver on one of the most requested home features, the outdoor living space. Follow these tips for staging outdoor spaces to boost your home’s appeal.
Just like you removed personal items from your home, you should do so in the yard. Lawn decor, like cherubs, flamingos, or other decorations, can be polarizing— people tend to love it or hate it. Flags are less contentious but still show a personality. Since you’re aiming for a blank slate, remove all decorations.
A sagging, rundown fence can ruin a good impression. If you’ve got a fence, make sure it’s in good shape before you put your home on the market.
For the duration of the time that your home is on the market, you will need to keep up with lawn care. Weed garden beds, edge the lawn, and mow every two weeks (or more often if needed). If you don’t have the time to take care of the lawn, it may be worthwhile to pay for a short-term lawn care service.
If you’ve got patio furniture that’s in good condition, use it to set up an entertaining space. Stage your outdoor chairs with cushions and place a few accent pieces, like outdoor lanterns, around the edges. For an outdoor dining area, bring your chairs and table together then stage with decorative plates and cups.
Solar lights are the easiest way to brighten your yard since you won’t need to bring out an electrician to wire things first. Simply insert the solar light in the ground somewhere with full or part sun exposure and, come nightfall, the light will glow. The payoff here is in illuminating paths and walkways to accommodate any evening traffic.
Adding something inviting and cozy can help potential home buyers see themselves in the home. Consider a hammock or cushioned chair that implies relaxation. This will help create that relaxed mood that you are aiming for, where buyers can begin to imagine how they could enjoy the space.
Flowers and plants can make a yard come alive with color. If you’ve invested in landscaping, then you may have shrubs and flowers in bloom. If you haven’t planted anything, head to your local garden center and pick up a few potted plants to create small pops of life your yard. Place pots around the edges of a deck, patio, or porch to instantly cheer up your space.
You will need access to yard maintenance tools to keep your yard in good shape as you show your house. A garage or a basement is a natural place to store yard maintenance tools. As long as you keep these things neat, home buyers won’t pay extra attention to that mower or hedge trimmer. Always put things back where you found them to maintain order while your home is on the market.
Outdoor living is one area where you can really set your home apart from what’s on the market by going the extra step. Adding a porch swing, freestanding swing, or hammock sets the relaxed mood. A portable fire pit with a pair of Adirondack chairs turns a bare corner into an instant hangout zone.
The more of these action items you can work through, the more attractive your home will be to home shoppers near you.
If your back yard is too far gone to consider staging or this sounds like too much work, HomeGo can help. Our goal is to bring professional expertise, transparency, and assurance to homeowners who want an easier way to sell. HomeGo buys houses as is. No staging, ever. We can do a quick, 10-minute walk-through of your property exactly as it is and give you a cash offer on the spot. So ditch the lawn mower and give HomeGo a call today!
One of the most well-known home staging tactics is to depersonalize your home. Removing personal items from your home does double duty. It helps potential home buyers imagine their families in your home, and it also helps you sort memorabilia to pack for your upcoming move. To appeal to the widest range of buyers, tackle these four depersonalization rules for staging a house for sale.
Most people have family photos around the home. While friends and family members might squeal over those cute baby photos or admire your latest vacation album, strangers won’t care about these things. At best, home buyers will read those pictures as clutter. At worst, they will be actively turned off because your family photos prevent them from connecting with the space. Take family photos off the walls, remove pictures (and photo magnets) from the fridge, and clear photo albums off the bookshelves.
Hanging a degree or certificate in a home office is common. You worked hard for your education and you want to celebrate your achievement. However, you never know how someone else will want to use your home or what will appeal to them. A home office with framed degrees is too limiting for many people.
Take down framed degrees from offices, command centers, bedrooms, and other areas. Remove certificates of achievement, participation ribbons, trophies, and similar items.
You might not think of personal collections, such as hobby items, as something that’s too personal to leave in place. However, home buyers might not have the same interests as you. While you find that yarn stash in the living room bookcase pleasing because you think of where you bought all the yarn and you love to knit, someone else could wonder why there’s a mess of stuff on the bottom shelf.
Other examples of hobby items to remove as you stage your home include musical instruments, games and puzzles, sports memorabilia, or home exercise equipment. As a general rule, if there’s a chance something could be interpreted in a negative light, or that would appeal to a narrow range of home buyers, pack it up.
Don’t overlook kids’ stuff if you have children. You don’t need to pack up every single toy, as that would not be fair to your child. However, you can edit down their toys, stuffed animals, and other items. This will help keep the house clear of clutter, remove potential safety hazards (such as tripping on a toy on the floor), and set that neutral palette.
Family name decor is common. Perhaps you have a plaque on your front door that says, “Welcome to The Smiths,” or maybe you’ve decorated with letters that commemorate your first or last initials, i.e. “S.” It’s common with these items to become so used to them that you no longer really see them, but you can bet that home buyers will spot these things on their initial walk-through.
As part of the home staging process, walk around your house looking for any name memorabilia and box it up.
Divide your personal items into two categories: What you want to keep and what, if anything, you want to get rid of. Throw away anything you no longer want to keep and box up everything you want to save. Keep your personal items in a storage unit where they’ll be safe and secure, yet out of sight until you’re ready to set up your new home. This can be a difficult, emotional step to work through, but you must do it before a move.
Like with any element of staging your home, removing the personal elements can be a lot of work. But this step has the added stress of being sentimental and emotionally trying. If you don’t want to deal with examining your home through an impersonal eye, let HomeGo know. We specialize in an easier way to sell your home. So, skip the staging and acting like you’ve never lived in your home. Schedule your 10-minute walk-through for your no obligation cash offer today.
Staging a home for sale is critical to the listing and showing process. The goal of staging is to present a neutral home. You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves living there. Decluttering the house goes a long way toward making the space neutral, but there’s still more work to do. As you clean the interior, take these steps to increase the home’s appeal. Start with these six steps in staging a home to get the interior ready for showings.
High wattage bulbs make your home appear brightly lit. Dim bulbs, on the other hand, hide imperfections in your home. It may seem tempting to use low light to mask flaws, like walls that need to be spackled. But the risk here is that home buyers will think your home is old or dingy. You will get better results by cleaning and tidying what you can, investing in minor home repairs, and using bright lights to highlight your space.
Opening the windows and curtains will let in light and fresh air, which will increase your home’s appeal. While you would not want to open the windows in winter or on a rainy day, if the weather is nice, crack the windows to get a breeze going. Drawing back the curtains is essential because it increases the flow of natural light.
Room color can be polarizing. It’s best to play it safe by painting over bright colors with a neutral tone. Sure, that bright pink bathroom may appeal to a few home buyers, but it will turn off more people than it engages. This all goes back to taking your personality out of the home and making it appeal to the widest possible network of home shoppers.
You probably won’t replace your chairs and sofas because you are staging the home, although furniture rental is definitely an option. Flipping the cushions over will actually make your furniture look almost as good as new.
Flipping the cushion hides upholstery that may be stained or faded from the sun. The back side of cushions and pillows may actually be plushier than the front side. Dust off furniture and flip the cushions to give your room an instant makeover.
If you have any furniture that is too old or damaged to show well, avoid the temptation to camouflage damage with blankets and throw pillows. You’re better off removing and replacing it with something undamaged or changing the room layout.
Bathrooms are one of the most gendered areas in the home. It’s where you have your shaving kit, your makeup, and other personal care items. However, you don’t know who will be attracted to your home— and what personal care items might turn them off.
Take all of the gendered personal items out of your bathroom and store them. It might not make sense to pack these up if you’re still living in the home, but you may be able to condense them down into travel kits, which you can easily store out of sight.
After you’ve given your bathroom a gender-neutral makeover, stage the room. First, clean the bathroom thoroughly. Then put out a soft hand towel and nice toiletries in a gender-neutral scent. Nice lotion and hand soap will go a long way toward making a positive first impression.
Working through these steps will hide any elements in your home that might distract potential buyers and play up the natural appeal of your home structure and furnishings. By casting your net as wide as possible through neutralizing the interior, you can increase the chances of getting an offer…or better yet, multiple offers.
Staging the interior of your home is arguable the most time-consuming (and expensive) portion of the process. If you don’t want to deal with the extra costs and hours of cleansing the interior of your house, let HomeGo know. We specialize in an easier way to sell your home. HomeGo buys houses as is, no staging and no repairs. Schedule your 10-minute walk-through for your no obligation cash offer today and find out how easy, fair, and transparent selling your home can be.
Staging your home for sale is all about making your house feel bigger. As you clear out the clutter, your home will start to feel larger. Adopt a less is more attitude and minimize your house for staging. Minimizing centers around reducing furniture and home items, so every part of the home feels expansive. The payoff here is impressing potential home buyers with a house that feels spacious with ample storage solutions. Here’s how to minimize your house for staging.
Storage spaces tend to attract clutter and stay cluttered because even well-intentioned homeowners don’t have the time to go through storage areas on an annual or semi-annual basis. Now is the time to go through the attic, basement, and garage, as well as closets and cabinets in every room. Your goal is to get rid of what you don’t need, then make everything else look intentional.
With kitchen cabinets or pantry areas, take everything off the shelf, clean the shelf, and go through all items. Toss any old food, pack any kitchen items you won’t need (like baking pans), and neatly place everything you can’t yet pack back in the cupboard, so it looks organized and not messy.
Elsewhere, take out anything you don’t need and store it. Your goal is to keep out only items you must use before you sell the house (say, cleaning supplies and seasonal jackets).
Most people have more furniture in their home than they need. Now is the time to remove extra furniture from rooms, which will reclaim the sense of space and help you give each room a purpose, which is something you’ll do as you work through our home staging tips.
You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck if you take out those large, seldom-used items like rocking chairs or ottomans. Other good candidates for removal include worn items, like that favorite armchair that’s got cat scratches in the upholstery. Keep enough furniture items to accommodate your family, but get rid of everything that’s unnecessary, including extra throw pillows.
The front entry is one area where clutter seems to automatically attract. It’s also an area where you can’t really pack things yet; You need your coat, keys, shoes, cleaning supplies, and so on.
Do give these areas a once-over to see if there is anything you can pack now. Once you’ve edited down these closets, give them a good cleaning. These areas will show well when you’ve got like items stored with like, when the floor is free of clutter, and when the area is staged to show a single purpose rather than act as a catchall space.
Take unused clothing out of closets, including off-season clothes. Pack and store clothes in anticipation of the move. Closets are one area where home buyers will really pay attention because storage space is a premium for homes. When your closet is stuffed full of clothing or, worse, becomes the place you hide all your personal items, your home will not show well.
If you have storage bins, consider swapping them out for transparent bins. Plastic or wire bins will show what’s in there and make the closet look more spacious, whereas dark bins will hide the dimensions.
After you’ve decluttered, sweep or vacuum the floor and replace mismatched hangers so everything looks tidy.
Minimizing and decluttering everything in the home will help give you that blank slate, where you can start to curate everything that’s left in the home to create an atmosphere that piques interest and shows off your home’s full worth. It may be hard work, but it’s definitely worth it!
If minimizing sounds like a nightmare, then consider selling your house as is to HomeGo. We don’t ask you to do or fix anything. Just schedule a walk-through of your property, get a cash offer on the spot, and close knowing you are working with a licensed professional who put you first. Get started today.
Selling your house can be tough. But you can have a successful showing by starting with a potential buyers first impression— your home’s curb appeal. A positive first impression starts when potential home buyers pull up to your property. Spend a weekend boosting curb appeal and you’ll nail the positive impression before a potential buyer even walks into the house. Work through these curb appeal tips for staging and selling your house.
If a potential buyer can’t see your house number from the street, they won’t easily find the home. This can cause frustration—not what you want someone to feel when they’re arriving for a viewing. Whether on the house, mailbox, or curb, as long as your house numbers are visible from the street, you’re good.
Replace a worn doormat with something that looks cheery. Make sure your doorbell works, and that your door hinges and lock are fully functional. Try WD-40 to handle any squeaks and stuck locks.
During the time your house is on the market, you should keep the lawn neatly clipped. Mow the lawn weekly or every other week, depending on how quickly the grass grows. Or hire a landscaping service to take care of things for you.
While you are cleaning up the yard, check the condition of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers. Your landscaping will vary depending on the season—not much will be growing in winter, in many areas—but garden beds should always look neat and happy.
If your grass looks patchy, sow fresh grass seed to give things a makeover. When home buyers see lush green grass, they will feel good about the home.
If you have overgrown shrubs or hedges, clip them back to create a neat shape. The same goes for shrubs that have dead or dying branches. If you lost a few plants during winter, remove them. No one wants to see dead plants in the yard. It plants the seed that you don’t care how your house looks, and a potential buyer will start to wonder what else you’ve neglected.
Weeds are unsightly and imply lawncare has been neglected. Pull weeds to show off your home at its best.
While you may love your lawn ornaments, some home buyers may find them unnecessary. Remove lawn statues and whirligigs. If you have exterior lighting, including solar path lights, you can keep these items in place as they may be helpful for an evening showing.
Oil spills can make a driveway look unkempt. Clean the driveway so it looks neat. Remember to park down the street during showings so potential buyers can see the full garage.
If the oil stain is fresh, it can be absorbed with kitty litter or cornstarch. If the stain is old, you may need to scrub it with a paste of baking soda and water.
Your mailbox is another area that can be easily overlooked, but it could contribute to a negative first impression. Fortunately, there’s not much you need to do to remedy the situation.
As long as your mailbox is securely installed, clean, and free of rust, marks, or other debris, you’re in good shape. A fresh coat of paint or a couple extra screws should be all you need to fix things.
The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer will see so it’s critical that the impression is positive. It needs to make the buyer feel like they need to go in and see the rest of the house, By investing a few days in curb appeal, you could drastically reduce the number of days your house remains on the market.
If playing groundskeeper isn’t your idea of a good investment of time or money no problem. HomeGo is a cash only buyer that wants to provide homeowners with an easier way to sell. We can buy your home as is, no curb appeal needed. Just schedule a 10-minute walk-through with a licensed HomeGo agent and we’ll make you a cash offer on the spot. There’s no obligation. So put down the hedge clippers and sell your house the easy way, with HomeGo.
So, you’re selling your house. You’ve found an agent (licensed, right?), made repairs, and gone back and forth on what price to list it at. Now you have to get ready for tons of strangers to traipse through your property by staging. Staging your house does double duty; It helps you prepare for the move and boosts your home’s perceived value. Follow these 10 tips for staging your house for sale.
Homebuyers want to imagine themselves in the home—something they can’t do if it’s cluttered with personal possessions. Clear photos and magnets off the fridge, box up knick-knacks, take down family photos, and toss magazines and newspapers.
Too much stuff makes a house feel cramped, but empty rooms don’t show well either. Strike a balance by removing non-essentials from closets and cabinets and by taking extra furniture out of rooms.
A positive impression starts on arrival. Hire landscapers to trim shrubs, mow the lawn, and pull weeds. Keep the mailbox empty and the driveway free of oil spills and cars. Then create a welcoming entry with a cheery doormat and visible house numbers.
Gender-neutral homes have double the appeal of homes that are clearly gendered. It also has the added benefit of making it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Pack up gendered bathroom and bedroom items, then paint over pastel wall colors with a neutral hue. Replace low lights with high wattage bulbs, flip faded sofa cushions and pillows, and pull back the curtains to let in natural light.
Get rid of old odors by steam cleaning carpets and washing linens. Scour the fridge to get rid of food odors and open the windows to air out a musty home. Once you’ve neutralized bad odors, make it smell good everywhere with oil diffusers or air fresheners in popular scents like peppermint or citrus.
Do a home scan where you remove anything personal that might prevent a homebuyer from imagining themselves in your home. This includes memorabilia, framed degrees, knick-knack collections, pictures, and plaques with the family name.
Pet owners get used to the smells of their animals, but guests can notice pet scents—and get a bad impression. There are additional steps to take if you are staging a home with a pet. Clean pet deposits from the yard, scrub pet stains, and vacuum to pick up pet hair. Put pet toys and litter boxes away during showings so there are minimal visual cues of a pet presence.
Garages can be more than just homes for your vehicles. Many serve as storage units, and the clutter can turn off buyers. So, it’s important to stage your garage to show its value. Toss anything you don’t use and put it in storage, organize anything left (like tools), clean the floor, and give the garage a fresh coat of paint to boost appeal.
Tidy the yard so it looks neat by making needed repairs, mowing and weeding, and removing any maintenance tools and pet deposits. Once the yard looks neat, add character. This could be as simple as staging the yard or patio with colorful planters, or as dramatic as setting up lawn games and a fire pit area.
Anything extra that can impress buyers is a wise idea. You might set out refreshments, stage the dining table with nice dishes, or purchase matching hangers for all closets. Finishing touches can make a world of difference.
Each of these tips will help your home shine. But it can be tough to find the time —and money— to properly stage your home. If all of this work makes you want to pull your hair out, you’re in the right place.
HomeGo is the solution to selling your house without having to stage anything. We buy houses as is, no repairs necessary. It’s simple, fast, and clear. Just schedule a 10-minute walk-through with a licensed HomeGo agent, and we’ll make a cash offer on the spot.