Staging your home properly can mean the difference between selling your house in the first three weeks or eventually reducing the price in hopes that it even sells at all. Here is Part 1 of the top five ways to stage your home so that it will appeal to the masses.
For the better part of four years, in my early twenties, every Thursday night was commonly referred to as “Field Day.” Field Day is when superior officers supervise young Marines as they worked to maintain an exceedingly high level of cleanliness throughout the living quarters. In addition to encouraging attention to detail, it wasn’t much of a stretch to recognize that if a Marine is willing to live in filth, other areas of his life may need the same attention or “training.”
While prospective buyers may not instantly notice that your house is clean, they will absolutely notice if it’s not. In the same sense, it’s not a stretch for a prospective buyer to see filthy baseboards or window sills and wonder “what else has the owner neglected?”
This might sound like a no-brainer, but the easiest and cheapest way to improve your home’s overall condition is to simply clean it. I don’t mean “the in-laws are coming in town” clean, where you shove everything into a closet or spare bedroom. I’m talking about cleaning the entire house. Scrubbing the baseboards, cleaning the air vents, cabinets, shelves, furniture, doors, windows, ceiling fans, trim and even the light switch covers.
While you probably don’t need to “swab” the outlets with Q-tips® or scrub tile with a toothbrush, it’s a great idea to give your home a good thorough cleaning.