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How to successfully stage a home

If you work in professional real estate, you already know the challenges that come along with trying to sell a home for as much money as possible. The good news, however, is that recent reports from financial analysts indicate that the United States housing market is on an upswing and will only continue to get stronger, particularly as the national unemployment rate continues to fall.

This means that there will be plenty of potential buyers out there looking to purchase a home, with a demand that will be able to meet those needs. One of the most important aspects of selling a home is staging for an open house or appointment, so people can come in and really picture what their lives will look like in that specific residence.

Here are a few tips for successfully staging a home for your clients:

  • Add hardwood floors: If there are carpets in many rooms in the residence, they should absolutely be replaced with hardwood floors before you have an open house. An Alexandria, VA contractor will be able to replace the flooring in a short amount of time, which will result in a higher overall value of the place and an increased asking price. This is especially important if the carpets have not been changed by the sellers in quite some time, as stains can subconsciously drive potential buyers away.
  • Avoid dating the home by painting: One of the worst things you can do for a home is make it seem dated and old, as that will not get the home sold fast. This is particularly true in the bathroom, where grimy tiles will not only be a germy cesspool, but also make the space seem much older than it actually is. Instead, have the walls of each room painted a nice neutral color that appeals to a broad range of tastes. That way, potential buyers will be able to imagine themselves in the space much more easily.
  • Get stainless steel appliances: Even if your clients are planning on taking their major appliances to their new place, they should invest in new ones in their old home. This will make the kitchen look new and move-in ready, which is the entire point of staging it in the first place! A new refrigerator and dishwasher can perform wonders for the resale value, particularly if the clients are going to be leaving them behind as a part of the deal.
  • Pedestal sinks are a big hit: As any professional designer will be able to tell you, pedestal sinks are great - particularly for those bathrooms that might be lacking in square footage. If you are preparing a home for it to sell, advise your clients to ditch the cumbersome vanity and go simple. This is a relatively minor change that could make a huge difference in the amount offered for the household.

If you are interested in making upgrades to a home in order to sell it more easily, you or your clients should schedule an appointment with John C. Flood as soon as possible! We can make the improvements necessary to help get the home in sales-ready shape and make your job that much easier. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the products and services that we offer our customers all over Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.