Tips for Staging Your Home in Crested Butte
When it comes time to sell a house, sellers often wonder what they can do to help their property sell. Staging a house is a smart way sellers can help sell their home. What is staging? It’s simply the act of rearranging furniture and décor to make a house look its best and appeal to a broader range of potential buyers. Below is a list of steps and tips that will help guide in the process of staging a home.
CLEAN – The first step in staging your home is to thoroughly clean your home – and be nitpicky! Get every corner of grout in the bathrooms, make the floors sparkle, and make sure the dust bunnies are all gone! It’s especially important to take notice of the windows in Crested Butte. Dirt, snow, rain, and wind can make for some cloudy glass around here. Be sure get those hard to reach windows as well!
DEPERSONALIZE – Yes, the gazillion family photos around the house look wonderful to you, but try to put yourself in other people’s shoes. It’s time to put those family photos and children’s art drawings away while your house is being shown. You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in the house… and not with your great grandmother.
DECLUTTER – Decluttering is such an important step! After years of living in your home, you might not notice the stacks of magazines on the side table or crowded kitchen countertops. It’s important to go through each room (even the closets) and clear out the clutter. It may be time to get a storage unit or ask a friendly neighbor for some garage space while your house is on the market. An added bonus is that you will have gone through a lot of the junk before it’s time to move!
REMOVE AND REARRANGE FURNITURE – More than likely, it will be best to remove some of the furniture you’ve accumulated throughout the years. That task will make the rooms appear to have more space and easier to walk through. After removing furniture, take a good look at how it is arranged. Keep large pieces such as sofas, chairs, and tables away from the walls and make the rooms look inviting.
DECORATE – In line with the depersonalizing step, consider that the buyer needs to see him or herself in the home. You may want to paint all walls to neutral colors as it allows buyers to visualize their style in the home more easily. Add a few inviting touches such as a bouquet of fresh flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit on the tables.
FRESHEN THINGS UP – Pets, food, plants, etc. can slowly add to the smell of your home even though you may not even notice them anymore. It’s best to open some windows and air out the home. A nice, welcoming scent can appease some buyers, but stay away from overpowering aromas!
CLOSETS AND STORAGE – Homes with ample storage are a big plus to many homebuyers. Clean out closets and organize the items that remain in them. You want the appearance of as much storage as possible.
LIGHT AND BRIGHT LOOK – Your house should look bright and inviting. Draw back the curtains and open blinds before showings. Are your light fixtures outdated? You may want to consider replacing them. Again, neutral walls are best when showing your house.
CURB APPEAL – There’s not too much you can do for curb appeal in Crested Butte during the winter months other than keeping the driveway and walkways clear of ice and snow, but be sure to tackle the outside tasks during the warmer months! Our extreme climate takes a toll on siding. Add a coat of stain if it appears to need it. Cut the grass and add flowers. You want potential buyers to know that you have been taking care of the property!
Staging is an extra way to stand out from the competition when selling your home. For more information about selling your home or about the Crested Butte real estate market in general, please contact me at 970-209-2421 or GHuresky@livsothebysrealty.com.