When you stage your home, you focus the spotlight on its selling points. You want to show off those nice wooden floors and open spaces. But it’s the details that make a difference when staging your Kansas City home.
Stage the Landscape
Take stock of the outside appearance of your home and property. It’s the first thing potential buyers will see. You’ll want to highlight your landscaping and get your lawn in tip-top shape. Mow your grass weekly, and don’t forget to water. If needed, add seed and fertilizer to create a lush and beautiful lawn.
Prune overgrown shrubs and trees. A flower bed in the front is inviting. Make sure you plant bright native plants like cardinal flowers and Missouri evening primrose for longevity and easy maintenance. Today’s buyers don’t want to spend time maintaining a garden. If space is an issue, place container plants around the front porch and walkway. Flowers and plants are the easiest and inexpensive ways to add instant color, texture, and interest.
Paint and Clean
If the exterior of your home needs painting or is in poor condition, it will be more difficult to entice potential buyers to come inside. This is especially important during summer when flaws in siding and maintenance issues are more noticeable. A proper cleaning can go a long way to attracting buyers. Consider power washing porches and decks. Power washing removes layers of dirt, dust, cobwebs, and yes, even bird droppings.
Add a splash of color to your home’s exterior to create interest. A brightly painted front door can set your house apart from others on your street while adding just a touch of whimsy.
The landscaping is just as important in the backyard as the front. This is where people will entertain and enjoy evening barbecues. It’s crucial to declutter. Get rid of any broken furniture or kids’ toys.
Arrange patio furniture into groupings. If chair cushions are worn or faded, invest in a new set of colorful cushions. Add a coordinating umbrella to help set the stage for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. Set the patio table with attractive outdoor dishes and glassware. Again, add colorful, potted flowers to create an appealing outdoor space.
The idea behind staging is to create a positive connection between potential buyers and your home. Edit your belongings and declutter to make your space feel bright and airy. Depersonalize your space so buyers can envision themselves in your house. Remove family photos, memorabilia, and personal knick-knacks. It is also a great time to donate clothing, toys, and other items that you no longer enjoy or need. Of course, a thorough cleaning is in order when selling your home.
It’s often the subtle details that make the difference when staging your home. Purchase fresh, fluffy towels for your bathrooms and add a vase of fresh flowers to your kitchen table. Transform a master bedroom into a relaxing sanctuary with fresh bed linens, pillows, and new lighting. Create inviting indoor spaces with seating arrangements that draw you in. Assign every room in your home a designated purpose: The family room, dining room or eating space, bedroom, study, craft room, etc.
And when it’s hot and humid outside, make sure the temperature inside your home is cool and comfortable. You want your home to be an inviting oasis.
Staging your home for resale can often pay dividends in the form of multiple offers. It’s a good idea to get a second and even third opinion before placing your home on the market. Your home may look perfectly fine to you, but another set of eyes can help you see any flaws. You may want to hire a professional stager. The money you spend will be well worth it when the offers start pouring in.
Zach Edwards is a home stager and lifestyle and landscape and home design writer. He has refurbished a number of older homes in New Orleans with a focus on spaces for entertaining.