Staging does more than just make your home look beautiful – it can also increase your home’s value and help it sell faster. According to the 2019 Profile of Home Staging report from the National Association of REALTORS Research Group, 40% of buyers’ agents said that home staging encouraged more buyers to view the home. Additionally, 35% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1%-5%, compared to non-staged homes. If you’re selling your home this spring, home staging is your key to selling your home fast, and fetching the highest-possible asking price. Here are our top tips. 1. Boost your curb appeal From the moment a would-be buyer arrives at your home, it should stand out. Boost the curb appeal of your home with some nice landscaping, a fresh coat of paint on the front door, good lighting, a mailbox, and house letters that are in good repair. Bonus points for arranging outdoor furniture in an inviting, conversational grouping. 2. Give your kitchen a facelift About 35% of staged homes also include a staged kitchen. To make yours as welcoming as possible, fill a vase with some fresh flowers, put out a tray of freshly-baked cookies or muffins, open the blinds or curtains on windows to let in natural light, and be sure to clean and wipe down all surfaces. Clear clutter off the countertops and remove any personal items before your first showing. 3. Declutter One of the most effective home staging tips is simply to declutter your home. This means paring down furniture, removing items on tables and horizontal surfaces, and putting away highly personal items, like family photos and keepsakes. Not only does this make your space look larger and cleaner, but it helps buyers visualize themselves in the home. 4. Showcase each room’s ideal purpose Staging a home flatters the layout and helps buyers visualize the best possible use of space. With this in mind, consider staging rooms differently from how you’re currently using them. For example, if you have a “bonus space” you use for storage, clear everything out (our team can help you move it into one of our storage facilities) and consider staging it as a workout room, home office, or playroom, instead. 5. Go neutral Before you show your home, consider giving the inside a fresh coat of paint. Mellow neutral tones like white, off-white, grey, and cream appeal to most buyers, and will help your home feel light, airy, and welcoming. 6. Maximize storage Nothing destroys home staging like a closet full of clutter. Assume buyers will open every door and cabinet, and showcase your storage accordingly. Invest in inexpensive storage baskets for your linen closet, use clear tubs to keep things organized in the garage, and add a few shelf dividers or plastic shoe bins to the shelves of your owner’s closet. These are small tips that will go a long way to making your home feel organized and functional. 7. Clean the bathroom Make your bathroom shine with some good, old-fashioned elbow grease. Replace old shower curtains and bath mats, and consider adding a scented candle to make the space as welcoming as possible. Repaint old tile and re-caulk all seals. 8. Keep pets out While some buyers will love a pet-friendly home, you’ll want to remove your pets during showings. Keep them at a friend’s house or trusted boarding facility, and tuck all food bowls, beds, and litter boxes out of sight. 9. Turn on the lights Light makes a home look warm and welcoming. In addition to opening all the curtains and blinds in your home, increase the wattage of your lamps and fixtures (experts recommend 100 watts for every 50 square feet of your home). Turn on lamps and lights in areas like the kitchens, bedrooms, and living spaces. 10. Go pro To get the most bang for your buck from home staging, consider hiring a professional. While DIY actions like cleaning all surfaces and improving your lighting will go a long way, professional home staging can seal the deal. According to recent data, the ROI of home staging runs between 50%-500%, depending on the size and location of your home, and the extent of the staging. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we offer professional home staging services to help you sell your home faster and at a higher list price. Contact us today to learn more about our home staging services, or to get a free estimate now.