Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Home Staging Basics

Home staging is the act of "staging" a home in order to sell it more quickly. A successful staging job transforms the home into a beautiful, serene location that grabs the attention of every buyer. A home that has been staged correctly maximizes every square inch and does not show any signs of wear and tear. Believe it or not, successfully staging your home is easier than you might think! Eagle's Nest Realty is here to help you get started with this quick overview of some home staging basics.

Make Any Obvious Repairs
The very first thing you should do is tackle those maintenance repairs you've been putting off. Cracked tile, leaky faucets, chipped paint, and small dents in the walls can all be repaired fairly easily, and the effects will be tremendous. Most buyers are drawn to homes that will require very little work after they move in - by getting your house in great condition, you will help it appeal to a wider range of buyers.

Declutter And Organize
Nothing shrinks a space faster than piles of clutter laying around! Organizing and decluttering your space makes it feel more open and more spacious - both of which are major attractants for anyone looking to buy a Lake of the Ozarks home. This goes for every room in the house (and the closets, too)!

Create A Neutral Space
If you're trying to sell your house at the Lake of the Ozarks, you are going to want to create a space that will appeal to people from all different backgrounds. As an increasingly popular vacation and residential destination, buyers are coming to the Lake from all over the country. When staging your home, your #1 goal should be to create a neutral space that every buyer can feel at home in. Here are a few suggestions to help you do that:
  • Decorate With Neutral Colors. Beige, grey, tan, browns, and light pastels are great colors to use when staging your house. These neutral tones will work together to create a space that every buyer feels comfortable in.
  • Take Down Your Family Photos. Buyers have to try to envision themselves living in the space and calling it their own - it's hard to do that when your family portraits are all over the walls! Taking down your family photos and the drawings your kids did will help buyers be able to imagine the home as theirs.
  • Hide Any Evidence Of Your Pets. People tend to have pretty divided (and strong) opinions about sharing their homes with pets. Some people can't imagine living without a pet, whereas other people are allergic and can't imagine living with one. Before you open your house for a showing, hide the water bowls, the dog beds, and any other evidence that animals currently live in the home.

Hang Mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to put the finishing touches on your home staging efforts. Mirrors add light and volume to every home - you might be surprised how much bigger your home will look after you hang a few decorative mirrors! Spacious homes are a hot commodity in today's real estate market, and making your home seem bigger can help your home sell much more quickly.

Happy Staging!
These simple suggestions will get you started on the right track. If you have other questions or would like help selling your home, don't hesitate to call Eagle's Nest Realty! Our experienced Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents would be happy to help you market your home so you can sell it quickly - and for an unbeatable price. We look forward to hearing from you!

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