How-to Guide to Staging Your Home

Getting ready to sell? Take a smarter approach to selling your home and use a few simple ways to stage your home. Staging your house is so much more than cleaning and placing some nice décor, but it is not difficult at all once you’ve got a strategy nailed down. Doing this can help your house sell more quickly for a better price. 

The buyers of Amelia Island have a unique style in that they want to be reminded of the beach and that relaxing atmosphere without feeling like they’re walking into a beach-themed rental. It’s easy to appeal to a large group of buyers with simple décor and minimal pieces. That being said, here are some tips for how to successfully stage your home for sale.

Eliminate Your Clutter

This might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of homeowners don’t declutter before putting their houses on the market. Decluttering does not cost you any money. In fact, it can make you some! Trashing the obvious trash is one thing, but you probably have items you don’t need that can be sold or donated.

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Go through your keepsakes as well. Knickknacks and other trinkets should be boxed up and stored, not merely tossed into a closet, which potential buyers will probably want to peek inside.

Get Rid of Funky Smells

When people put their homes and properties for sale, they don’t always think about how things smell because they’re concerned with how things look. But one funky smell could turn potential buyers away. You’ve likely already gone ‘nose-blind’ to your home’s normal scents, but your potential buyers haven’t. Pet odors or leftover scents from last night’s meal can be turn-offs.

Instead of inundating your potential buyers with pungent cleaning products’ aromas, try adding a few inviting scents. Break out the melted wax warmer and melt a nice apple pie scent or just bake an apple pie!

The best way to figure out what might be making your home smell funny is to bring in an outsider. Get a friend or family member to come in and point out what smells are the strongest. From there, you know what to eliminate and where to place your candles or wax melters.

Add a Splash of Paint

Want to boost your home value? Try sprucing up the walls. That outdated wallpaper you’ve got plastered to your kitchen walls? Strip it and go for paint versus another wallpaper. Go for a color that makes the walls look like blank slates versus fully customized art pieces. Yes, your purple and black mosaic bathroom wall looks cool to you, but to someone else, it could be off-putting.

Your goal here is to appeal to the masses. Let your potential buyers feel like this home is one that is waiting for them to customize it. It is going to be their canvas to paint on, as you painted on it for years. Their style might just be totally different than yours.

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Selling your home does not have to be a nightmare. Far from it – it can be a simple process that gets you to the next chapter in your life and your home a new family to cherish and grow it. Taking a little bit of time to stage your home for sale can get your home sold more quickly and nab you a price you like for it. The best part is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to stage your home.

Fernandina Beach Realty is proud to serve the homeowners and homebuyers of Amelia Island. We aim to make it easy to sell your home and get ready for the next adventure in your life. Our experienced realtors are here to help every step of the way.

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