When listing your home, there are a lot of things to think about. How you stage your space should definitely be at the top of that list. While you may not have the means to bring in a professional stager, you can put your best foot forward by removing the following from your space:
Family photos. While these treasures may mean the world to you, personal items like this make it difficult for a potential buyer to imagine themselves in your space. Get a jump on the process and pack these photos up now.
Odors. From a musky basement to the closet where the kitty litter box is kept, odors in your home are a huge turn off. Do whatever you need to do to keep a prospective buyer’s nose from wrinkling. This includes ripping up mildewed carpet, opening windows and lighting candles.
Clutter. While you may love your corners stacked high with books and your shelves piled with mementos and knickknacks, clutter can be distracting to buyers. Pick a few key items to leave out on shelves and pack the rest away.
Non-neutral design elements. Black lights in the basement or lacy, frilly curtains in the sunroom may seem fun to you, but these bold design elements can throw a buyer. Create a neutral atmosphere wherever possible.
Junk. Clear any old, unused items from your closets, storage spaces, basement and attic. You’re going to have to get rid of these items when you move anyway, so you may as well do this now so that your buyer can envision their own items filling up these spaces.
Pets. While it may not be possible to banish your furry friends while your home is for sale, you can make sure they’re out of the way when a prospective buyer is visiting. You never know what allergies or fears buyers may have, so put animals outside or bring them over to grandma’s for an hour, if possible.
Worn-out furniture. That sagging, stained couch in the basement may not be a big deal to you, but it can be an eyesore to an outsider. An empty space is better than a poorly furnished space, so adjust where needed.