When prospective buyers walk into your home you want them to be able to see themselves living there. You want them to envision their own furniture and family in your space, picturing themselves at home. So how do you do this? It's all in the staging. 

Staging your home entails arranging furniture, defining spaces and updating decor to make it appeal to homebuyers. Buyers exploring the Wellesley, MA real estate market want to feel at home before they make an offer, and staging can do this. There are all kinds of things you can do to stage your home to increase your chances of receiving an offer, but here are a few ways to get you started.

Clear the Clutter

The easiest way you can stage your home is to clean up any clutter that distracts buyers' eyes from the features of your home. Tidy up bookcases, organize spaces and remove extra items or furniture from your home prior to showing.

Do a Deep Clean

No matter how spacious your home is or how many closets it has, potential buyers will be turned off if they spot dirt or grime. Spend some time cleaning your showers, cupboards, baseboards and any other area that is prone to collect dust.

Find the Perfect Lighting

Amazingly, the perfect lighting arrangement can change the entire look and feel of a room. A good rule of thumb is to include 100 watts of lighting for every 50 square feet in your home. Of course, some rooms, like bedrooms may require less lighting than other rooms, like a kitchen.

Use Your Outdoor Space

Whether you have a small porch or a large deck, you can add to your home's curb appeal by grouping potted plants, adding hanging plants, cleaning up your old porch chairs and adding new paint where needed. Well-staged outside areas can help buyers feel comfortable from the minute they approach your home and it can even add to the amount of usable space in your home.

Stick with Neutrals

If you've customized your home with unique colors and styles, you may find that your taste doesn't appeal to everyone. Where possible, use neutral colors and timeless styles that appeal to a wider audience. 

Make Unused Rooms Valuable

Unused rooms have incredible potential. You can make an unused space into a valuable room by adding just a few pieces of furniture and turning it into a bedroom, office, playroom or craft room. Find ways to use unattractive, empty or wasted space in ways that will tempt buyers.


Show off Your Staging

After you have updated your home or implemented some of these staging tips, take new pictures of your home and add them to your listings. Many buyers sort through home listings online before they decide which ones to visit. If your home looks great on a listing it will lure potential buyers in. 

If you stage your home appropriately and in attractive ways, your home will be more likely to attract buyers, receive offers and sell quickly. For assistance in staging and listing your Wellesley home for sale, contact Christine Norcross at 781-929-4994.

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