All real estate marketing strategies typically encourage potential buyers to schedule in-person showings or come to open houses. It’s what happens when someone sees your home in-person that will make the difference between them choosing to make an offer or walking away to look at other properties. Knowing how to stage Rancho Santa Fe real estate is crucial if you want to command multiple offers, or sell your home for a price above asking. Here are a few easy and practical home staging tips to help your home stand out on the market for Del Mar homes.
Take down personal pictures
Depersonalizing your home is one of the first things that you should do as you get ready to stage your home. Leaving personal items up can make prospective buyers feel like they are intruding on your space. They won’t have the ability to imagine what the home would look and feel like if it were theirs. It also can create a privacy issue on the off chance that a potential buyer knows you from a previous interaction, as well as a potential distraction if they are curious about how old your children are or if they know someone who looks like you. Items like diplomas and souvenirs from family vacations need to come down as well. Pack these items up and prepare to take them with you to your next home.
Clean, sanitize, and declutter
Buyers don’t care about seeing all of the possessions that you own, and you don’t want them distracted by paying more attention to these items than they do to the overall functionality and structure of your home. You don’t need more than four chairs around your dining room table. There shouldn’t be anything on your kitchen countertops except for a potted plant or a bowl of fresh fruit. If your living room furniture is pushed up against the wall, move it a few feet away to create a better flow and walkway in the room. There’s a misconception that rooms where the furniture is pushed all the way against the wall feel larger, but the opposite is actually true.
Use natural light to your advantage
Homes show much better during the daytime because of the way that natural light can make spaces appear brighter and more inviting. Don’t be afraid to open your curtains and blinds and let the natural light in. If you want to emphasize the appearance of natural light, a well-placed mirror or two will help. Not only will the mirrors reflect the light, but they will also help your rooms appear larger and deeper.
Organize your cabinets and closets
This may sound like a strange suggestion at first, but there’s a good chance that buyers will want to get a better grasp of how much storage space the home has to offer. They may want to open up your closets, pantries, and cabinets to see how much room they will have to store their items. If these areas are well put together and organized, buyers will appreciate the functionality of the spaces. If they are cluttered or overflowing, it can create a negative impression in the buyer’s mind of the entire home (and not just the storage spaces). Think about how you can structure these areas in a way that makes them appear clean and organized. Don’t be afraid to pack some things away if you don’t feel like you can fit everything back inside. You can even take things a step further in your closet by better utilizing vertical space that is easy to neglect.
Don’t go overboard on scents
You can use scents to your advantage when selling a home, but many buyers don’t go about this strategy in the best way possible. They will plug multiple air fresheners into each room without thinking about the fact that many people have sensitivities to strong smells. Others will wonder if you’re using strong air fresheners to hide the scent of mold or mildew. Instead of using air fresheners, consider diffusing essential oils or burning a candle with the scent of vanilla or pine. Some people will recommend baking cookies ahead of time, but occasionally buyers will interpret this negatively because they see it as a pushy sales tactic.
Emphasize curb appeal
At a minimum, you should cut your grass and pull any weeds from your flower beds. If you want to further improve the quality of your landscaping, consider planting new flowers in your flower beds. Consider replacing the light on your front porch or repainting your front door so that it serves as a better focal point for your home. If you have enough room to put a few chairs on your front porch, this can be a great way to emphasize the functionality of the space. Buyers crave outdoor living spaces, and you can create a strong first impression if you can show them that there’s enough space on the front porch for them to sit outside with a cup of coffee in the morning. Small touches such as repainting faded street numbers can also have a positive effect.
If you have more questions about home staging, reach out to the expert team of agents with the Barry Estates group. Their knowledge of the market for Rancho Santa Fe real estate is second to none. They understand what buyers are looking for when they shop for new homes, and they will help you position your property in a way that generates the greatest amount of attention from potential buyers. Contact their office if you’re looking for someone to help you get your home ready to go on the market. They will be happy to help however they can.