First impressions, maximizing space, drawing the eye to your home’s best feature — Home staging does all these things and creates a warm, welcoming and appealing feel for a potential buyer. House Hunters Minnesota pulled together the best and most important staging tips to help sell your home in the Minneapolis metro area, with minimal cost in mind and most you can do yourself! When listing with us, we’ll help you maximize the best features of your home.
Step 1: Declutter and Organize
Do you have papers and other items on your counters, floor, table…well, everywhere? It’s time to declutter and organize.
- File or put away any clutter laying out like bills, mail, magazines, toys, laundry and other items.
- Sort through your things. Make a pile for giveaway, throwaway and items to keep. Then haul it off to the appropriate place.
- Try to keep your closets half full. Show there is usable space, but packing it full will make it look small.
Step 2: Depersonalize
- Remove family photos and other personal touches. Allow potential buyers to visualize themselves in your home, not be distracted by your beautiful family photos.
Step 3: Clean, Clean, Clean
- Deep clean your house. Ask friends or family to help if it’s a bigger job to tackle. Or use a professional cleaner if you don’t have the time or energy to do it.
- Professionally clean the carpets.
- Remove any odors like pet smells.
- Make sure you continue to pick up and wipe down every day to keep it clean and ready to show.
Step 4: Update, Refresh, Neutralize
- Fix any necessary repairs.
- Paint with light, neutral colors like these examples.
- Update light fixtures
- Update hardware, like cabinet handles or door knobs.
- Replace window coverings if they are outdated.
- Create a focal point in each room that draws the eye, and the room, together. A fireplace or a picture window is a good example of a focal point.
- Have old furniture? Update the look of your sofa or chairs by using a slipcover or throw pillows.
- Keep symmetry in mind when arranging furniture.
- Give each room a purpose. Make sure your kitchen looks like a kitchen, not a “kitchen-office-mudroom.”
- Add a pop of color to a room. Now that you’ve painted the walls with neutral colors, add a bright throw blanket or pillow where appropriate.
Step 6: Step Outside — How’s the Curb Appeal?
What will the buyer see as they pull up to the house and walk to the front door? The front yard and entry creates the first impression.
- Clean up the yard and landscaping.
- Weed, mow and trim the yard.
- Add a simple container garden.
- Perform any necessary outside home maintenance.
- Touch up paint, mend fences, etc.
- Pay special attention to siding and trim on the home.
- Focus on the front door. Does it provide a warm and welcoming entrance?
- Put down fresh mulch where needed.
- Resurface the driveway.
When selling your home, the kitchen and bathrooms are the best place to spend your money on home updates.
- First talk to your House Hunters Minnesota Realtor about your local market. You don’t want to spend money on upgrades and not see a return on it.
- Focus on these items:
- Update cabinets: Paint, replace cabinet doors.
- Update hardware like cabinet handles and knobs.
- Tile backsplashes.
- Update counter tops to stone/granite.
- Update sink and bath fixtures.
- Replace mirrors. Framed mirrors are very popular.