Home staging might seem like a simple process—it’s often thought of as decorating your home to look nice for potential buyers. But savvy sellers, real estate professionals, and professional stagers all know that there’s more to the process than just putting up some stylish accessories—home staging is a process that can begin long before you even start to think about making those strategic decorative choices.
So if you’re wondering where should I start with staging my home for sale, read on—here, we break down a general time frame for the preparation that goes into staging your home for sale, from beginning to end and let you know where we can be found to provide our services to you if you live in the greater Memphis metro-area of Germantown, Collierville, Bartlett, Cordova, Lakeland, Arlington, Millington, Oakland, Southaven, Olive Branch, and Hernando.
As soon as you know it’s time to sell your home~
Once you know that you’re going to be selling your home—even before you hire a real estate agent, look for a new house, or break ground on your first repairs or updates to the home you are selling—there are steps you can take to get your home ready for staging. A thorough purge of clutter will go a long way towards making your home look elegant and welcoming for potential buyers down the road.
3 – 6 months before listing your home for sale~
After you’ve purged some of that clutter, it’s time to look at your home with fresh eyes and see what a buyer might be able to see. Try to see if your landscaping is in need of some TLC, or if there are dated or worn-out fixtures that you’re willing and able to update. If there are big repairs that need to be made—like roof repairs or kitchen renovations—now is the time to schedule those to make sure they get done in plenty of time before your listing goes live.
This could be a good time to update your landscaping. Making sure that your house has the curb appeal will help bring potential buyers inside your home. If the outside looks uninviting there isn't much incentive for a buyer to want to go inside. And don’t underestimate small updates—new hardware or a fresh coat of paint on cabinets can go a long way towards setting the groundwork for staging a kitchen down the road.
This can also be a good time to contact or research home stagers. While professional stagers may not arrange your house right away, a professional’s guidance on maintenance, cleaning, and repair tasks at this point can help you get things moving quickly down the road.
1 – 2 months before listing ~
Repainting can boost your home’s value—that goes for outdoor paint that makes the home look fresh and new, and indoor paint that can set moods for different spaces. Painting rooms with neutral colors can make the space look fresh and well-cared for and can help to make the home appeal to a wide variety of buyers.
This is also a good time to make your plan of attack for deep cleaning your home. A deep clean can add a whopping $2,000 in market value, so this isn’t a time to skimp—make a plan for cleaning everything from baseboards and cabinets to windows and AC units. Hiring a cleaning service can also be a way to make sure you’re hitting all the spots that buyers will see.
While you are cleaning, keep reducing the clutter. Taking extra furnishings out of a space and either getting rid of them or moving them to a storage unit can help make your home look larger, cleaner, and brighter—things that buyers are looking for.
Several weeks to just-before listing ~
This is the time to make sure your home is the cleanest it has ever been and that it’s pared down to minimum furnishings. The home stager you’re working with can help direct you to last-minute tasks, and can help edit your space down even further in preparation for photos to list online and staging for in-person showings.
Make sure your family works out a plan for keeping the space tidy, and be prepared to keep it that way until closing—most stagers recommend keeping the home staged until the last day of ownership.
Where can I get help with home staging near me?
At Heidi Ross Design, our local home stagers help clients in the Greater Mid-South area sell their luxury homes for their best sale terms—whatever that means for you and your personal sale situation. Staging houses for real estate requires experience and know-how, and we’re here to help provide you with guidance every step of the way—from preparation and education to marketing, staging, and more.
Are you looking to sell your home in the near future? We offer a FREE quote! It is commitment-free and designed to make sure you will have all the information you need to make a decision on if home staging is right for you. Give us a call at (901) 361-7419 or use our online FREE quote tool to get started today. Additional value-added free information is available at our website online articles link.
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