Part of the process for selling a home in San Diego is to stage it. The better job you do showcasing the appeal of your house and drawing attention away from its flaws, the faster it will sell and the better the price you will receive. Here are some tips to stage your San Diego home effectively.
1. Keep colors neutral.
You may love your red carpeting or your bright green walls, but these colors may appear garish to others who visit your home.
For that reason, you should make sure that all walls and carpets are neutral in tone. Neutral colors are versatile and easy to work with, and not likely to offend any preferences. They give everything a more “sophisticated” vibe.
You do not need to be as strict about the rest of your décor, but if you have especially loud colors, you might want to consider putting some items away and replacing them with more neutral ones until you have sold your home.
Clutter is the last thing anyone previewing a house wants to see. First of all, it makes your house appear dirty. Secondly, it crowds up your space and makes it appear smaller. Thirdly, it detracts attention away from what you are trying to sell—the house itself.
Another thing about clutter is that it says a lot about your personality. Like loud colors, there is nothing neutral about it. You never know what might turn a buyer off, so it is best to keep it to a minimum.
3. Clean your home thoroughly.
A surprising number of sellers never think to give their home a thorough scrubbing floor to ceiling. Yes, it takes time, but a dirty house can ruin an entire showing, even if everything about the home itself is great. Consider having a professional come by to take care of this for you.
4. Get organized.
After you have cleaned and de-cluttered, it is time to organize your home. You don’t want potential buyers thinking they just walked into a house from an episode of “Hoarders.” Instead, you want to show through your organizing techniques how it is possible to maximize the spaces in your home to create an environment which is both orderly and inviting.
Keep in mind while you are decluttering and organizing that you still want your home to look “lived in.” You just want to do so in an artful fashion which makes the right impression.
A word of advice—don’t skip your closets! You might be tempted to leave them closed, but closet space is a big deal. Buyers are going to want to look inside. Make sure that they aren’t greeted by a lot of clutter, and can actually see how deep the closet space is.
5. Never cook before a showing.
You might think the aroma of that fresh fish you caught off the Ocean Beach Pier is mouth-watering, but that isn’t something a potential buyer wants to smell wafting around your home! Never cook when it is time to show off your house. Make sure any cooking smells from the previous day are thoroughly aired out, and wait to cook again until after the showing.
6. Get trendy with décor.
How you decorate your home is just as important as how you organize it. “But my house looks great!” you might say. “It reflects my personal style, and I have great taste.” That’s all good and well, but remember, not everybody necessarily shares your taste.
So, what can you do to spruce up your home in a manner which will be broadly appealing to buyers? Go through real estate blogs and websites to get décor inspiration for the latest trends. Right now, for example, rustic décor is very “in.” You can also look for ways to add some local accents (décor associated with surfing, the ocean, palm trees, etc.).
7. Don’t forget about the outside of your home.
With all the time you spend getting the interior of your house in order, it is easy to forget all about curb appeal! But that is literally the first impression you will be giving buyers. So, it is very important.
Check your walkways and driveway. Are they clean? If they aren’t, tackle them with a power washer. Use it on your siding too if necessary. If your windows are dirty, scrub them thoroughly. Look for areas where paint has worn off of siding, trim or shutters, and retouch as needed. Look at your house numbers. Are they in plain view? Are they easy to read?
Spend some extra time on your porch to make it feel inviting. Clean your doormat, set out some blooming flowers, make sure your porch lights are in working order, and put out some furniture.
8. Do something useful with your spare room.
Have a spare room in your home full of junk? Potential buyers are going to want to see that room. You are going to need to put that stuff somewhere else. The next person who buys the home might want to turn that spare room into a guest room, a children’s room, a home office, or so forth. Pick one of those as a theme and put some basics in the room to convey the concept. Think of it as a “serving suggestion.”
9. Get pet odors taken care of.
Just as nobody wants to smell cooking odors wafting through the house, no one wants to smell a strong odor of cat litter or wet dog fur. Do what you can to air out these unwanted smells before each showing.
10. Make sure the house is cool and comfortable.
Finally, think not only about how your home looks, but also how it feels. While someone is taking a tour of your house, their mood is going to have an impact on their perception. You want them to feel happy and relaxed, not cranky and uncomfortable.
To that end, be sure that the temperature in your home is pleasant. Don’t force a would-be buyer to walk through room after room in 90-degree temperatures. Run your AC and cool down your home so that potential buyers can concentrate on evaluating the house and imagining themselves feeling at home there.
Conclusion: Staging Your Home Takes Time, Effort and Money … But It Pays Off
Home staging requires a lot of work—sometimes an entire overhaul of your house. That can seem like a big commitment for a place you are planning to leave. Nevertheless, it can pay off in huge ways when your home sells faster than you imagined and fetches a more competitive price.
Need advice on home staging in San Diego? Get in touch with me, and I will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations for staging your home!