To make the biggest impact, stage your home before your listing photos are taken. You want a potential buyer to have the best first impression possible. Here’s our list of a few "Hot Tips" to help you on your way to a home that buyers will want to make their own.
Hot Tip #1: Hang a Mirror
We all know that a mirror makes a space feel more open, but when it comes to home staging, mirrors can serve an even more important purpose. If you’d like a potential home buyer to see themselves in that house, what better way than to have them see themselves in that space? Additional tip: make sure your mirrors are clean and streak free!
Hot Tip #2: Display a few Good Books
Technology can be very stress-inducing. Books, on the other hand, tend to be more stress-relieving and even have a nostalgic significance for many people. Help your visitors escape the endless pull of technology by displaying some books around the home. Additional tip: Steer clear of politics!
Hot Tip #3: Add some Throw Pillows and Blankets
Throw pillows and throw blankets are a staple in any interior design magazine. Why? They can tie a room together and make it seem like an actual living space, not just a display. Plus, strategically placing a pillow or blanket over some old pieces of furniture helps update the space, or at least distract from any conspicuous eyesores.
Hot Tip #4: Display a few House Plants
Plants help remove stress, improve people’s mood, help purify the air and create a sense of purpose in the room. The benefits go on and on. Why wouldn’t you add some plants to your home? Additional tip: Be sure the plants are healthy and in good condition.
Hot Tip #5: Set the Table
When potential buyers walk through a home, they are envisioning how their lives would be once they moved in. What would a Thanksgiving dinner look like in this home? What would Sunday morning breakfasts be like? These are questions people ask themselves when trying to figure out if this house has the potential to be their next home. Set the table for a Holiday dinner and show off your finest dinnerware.
If you’re preparing to sell your home, consider a few of these tips. You’ll be surprised at the difference a $100.00 can make!
Bob Miller is an Associate Broker with 10 years of real estate experience as well as 15 years of service as a former Lake Placid School Board member, and is currently a 3-time elected Town Councilman in Lake Placid.