5 Secrets to Staging your House for a Quick Sale

Congratulations, your renovation is complete. Most likely the next thing on your list is to get that house sold as soon as possible. For many real estate investors, this next step can prove to be the most difficult, especially if you aren’t selling as soon as you expected. The key to selling a house fast is to appeal to buyers' emotions, and truly make them feel at home. Follow our tips for a quick and easy sale, and you’ll be on to your next project before you know it.

  1. Purpose every room. By making it clear what every room in the house is for, it inspires buyers to imagine how they would use the space. Staging a reading nook in the office, for example, not only creates a cozy feeling of home but also let’s buyers visualize the room full of their own books. And don’t forget to stage outdoor spaces.
  2. Play to your audience. Is the home near an elementary school in a neighborhood full of families? Why not use that to your advantage? Stage the smaller bedroom in a cute kids' style. With just a few gender-neutral pieces, you can create a parents dream room for their child. Alternatively, if the home is in an up-and-coming area for young professionals, take on a modern feel and turn that room into a home office or sleek guest bedroom.
  3. Provide the senses of home. When most people think of home, their memories incorporate relaxing sounds, nice smells and comforting surroundings. Using comfortable but minimal furniture, candles, light music and the details of home (bowls of fruit, fresh flowers) will invite buyers to experience the space as their own. 
  4. Create spacious illusions. No matter what the home's square footage, you can make it seem large or small based on the placement of furniture and accessories you choose. It’s all about perception. Even if the owner will likely use a full-size couch in the living room, maybe a love seat will provide a more open look. Likewise, buyers won’t notice that a room has a double bed instead of a queen, just that the room looks larger. Also, using mirrors (and not overusing them) can give a sense of more space. The most important thing is don’t forget the details, whether they're plants, pictures or textiles.
  5. Keep it bright. Choose lighting that is cool and welcoming, and be sure to let in an abundance of natural light. Be careful of corners, which can appear dull without floor lamps. Clear light fixtures and bright colors can go a long way in evoking a “happy home.”