Home Staging Tips
1. Organize, Organize, Organize
Books, toys, shoes, games, garden tools, silverware, knickknacks... as a homeowner, it's easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. If you're not careful, your home can quickly become cluttered - and clutter is a major drawback for anyone looking to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks. Do yourself a favor and organize everything before you list your home.
2. Clean - And Clean Again
Nothing turns off prospective buyers faster than a dirty house. When you're preparing your home for the market, you should make it a point to deep-clean your house like never before. Be sure to do a cursory sweep and wipe down the counters before every showing, too - you don't want to risk losing the interest of any prospects simply because you forgot to clean!
3. Lighten Things Up
Put yourself in your buyers' shoes: would you rather live in a dim, dark house or a bright, shiny home? Almost everyone says the same thing - no one wants to live in a dark, dingy house. Open the blinds to let as much natural light into your home as possible, and augment with lamps and overhead lights.
4. Go For Neutral
As a homeowner, you probably filled your home with pictures, knickknacks, artwork by your kids/grandkids, and other personal items. As a seller, however, you need to tuck these types of things out of sight and instead replace them with neutral items that appeal to the widest possible range of prospective buyers. Lean towards neural color schemes and avoid anything religious, political, or similarly controversial. We also recommend taking down family photos and other things that are specific to your family.
5. Make Your Home "Homey"
When it comes to staging strategies, a little bit goes a long way. Add small touches here and there to create a warm, welcoming environment your buyers will love. Toss a blanket over the arm of the couch, arrange the pillows on your bed, turn on the gas fireplace... these types of little details can make a huge difference.
Need Help Selling Your Home? Contact Us!
These few tips will get you started on the right path, but staging your home is only half the battle - you also have to get interested buyers in the door! That's where we come in; our talented seller's agent at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you market your home to buyers from all over Missouri. If you are thinking about selling your Lake of the Ozarks property, give us a call at (877) 452-5338.
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