Appealing to potential buyers: tips for staging
De-Clutter your home: Consider moving the furniture around to create a different flow to the house, put any extra furniture into storage, and move out the clutter. Too much “stuff” can create visual stress, and deter potential buyers.
De-personalize your home for open houses: When people walk in to your home, they need to be able to envision themselves living there. For scheduled open houses, put away some of your tabletop framed photos and even religious symbols – buyers are much more likely to move on homes that they can picture as their own.
Control the amount of light that comes into the home: Controlling the light levels throughout the home can make it more inviting, and can even make certain rooms seem larger than they really are. If you have a room with a low ceiling, try paneling the ceiling to make it look taller.
Create a welcoming atmosphere on open house days: On days when you are hosting potential buyers, you need to create a welcoming atmosphere that appeals to their senses; for example, play music at a low volume to give the home a calming ambience, add fresh flowers to a room to provide a pleasant and soothing scent, or open a few windows on a nice day.