Home Staging 101: Clutter and Curb Appeal

Staging Home after Moving Out

Moving is a stressful and time-consuming process. But before you pack it all and move it all out, you have to clean your home and leave the property spotless if you want your security deposit back (in case you are renting), or you want to sell your house and make a good deal. One of the most important aspects of getting that house sold is the staging process. There are many ways to stage your house. In fact, there’s a whole industry of professionals that are dedicated to help homeowners stage their homes in a professional and appealing manner for potential buyers. If you ask any of those pros what the number one enemy of the sale is, they’ll all most likely come back with the same answer: clutter.

When you’re staging a house to sell, it’s important that you get rid of all the clutter. Excess decorations, furniture, and other bits of domestic debris can make your home look busy, small, and unaccommodating. There are a few pro tips that you can use to make sure your move is efficient and your house looks its best for potential buyers.

First Impressions

If your home’s “curb appeal” makes an excellent first impression, then your potential home buyers would want to see what’s inside. This is what real estate Staging a House when Moving Outagents and housing industry insiders say when they are talking about home’s first impressions. When your buyers drive up to your house, you should make sure that they are seeing the best possible version of your house.

Here’s an example of bad curb appeal.

The house isn’t all that bad looking, but upon a first impression, you’re bound to notice the unkempt yard, the strange siding, and the dilapidated looking entryway.

Now take a look at this house’s curb appeal.

Staging Home when Moving OutDisorganization is the clutter of your home’s curb appeal. Simply by tidying up the yard, pruning some of those overgrown bushes and livening up the entryway with a new paint job on the door, you’ve created an inviting and warm place that will attract buyers.

Inside the House

Here’s where the expertise comes into play. Everything from decorations to the excess furniture is subject for removal. Clutter doesn’t just come from knick-knacks and other things lying around, it can also come from having too much furniture packed into your living room or bedroom/s. Although it my have been a nice set-up for you, the potential buyer will be distracted by the lack of space. The less furniture you have, the roomy your house looks. And that’s a great thing when looking for buyers and showing a house. The more space the buyer sees for their buck, the better chance to make a great deal you have. Before you show your house, take some of your excess furniture and store it away until the move. Storage unit rental is a great way to remove all of your things and keep them organized, letting your house breathe and make the space much more accessible to the potential buyer. If you’re interested in some tips on storage units, prices, and moving companies, feel free to check out these moving-related tips.

There are a few methods that you can use to de-clutter that will not only remove the debris but they’ll also give you a start on moving your stuff out of  your property. (These tips come from the Organized Home blog, by the way.)

Staging House when Moving outFirst, there is the ‘Four Box method‘ for removing clutter. You pick a label for each box that signifies what you’ll be doing with the items inside. You’ve got “Put Away”, “Give Away/Sell”, “Storage” and “Trash” labels. This method would help you to arrange your stuff fast and easy.

Another option to remove clutter is the ‘Box and Banish’ method. This technique is more appropriate for the typical “clean-it-up-and-get-it-out” cleaning. It breaks the cleaning and organization process down into two simple tasks: (1) box it up and (2) banish it for later. When you’re in the process of moving, you don’t always have time to organize your clutter, sometimes you just need to get it out.

By removing clutter from inside your house and updating your home’s curb-appeal, you’ll be on the right track to a good showing. Sometimes fresh cookies and coffee can be a bit heavy-handed when all your potential buyers would like to see is a little square footage and a front door that they could walk up to every day.

This post was provided by VIP Realty, a San Antonio real estate firm.





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