Sometimes a great home sits on the market, and sellers just can't figure out why buyers aren't interested. Even the best homes can seem unappealing when they aren't staged correctly. Here are some tips to help stage your home to sell:
-Clean or replace carpets. Odors and stains can easily settle into carpets and turn off buyers. Get your carpets professionally cleaned, and even consider replacing them if the stains or odors linger. Be sure to keep the carpet colors neutral.
-Tone down loud colors. Brightly colored paint, wallpaper, carpeting and furniture can scare buyers away. Stick with neutral colors that aren't too dark. Select warmer, brighter neutral tones to lighten up a room and make it look better. You will be surprised at how much a new paint color can change the feel of a home.
-Depersonalize your home. You love your family photos, unique art and quirky knick-knacks, but buyers might not appreciate them so much. Try to depersonalize your home as much as possible. Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves in the home, and that's difficult to do with your family pictures staring at them from every angle. You want your home to look like a model home as much as possible -- a home anyone would be able to appreciate.
-Keep your closets clear. People love storage space, and buyers will look in your closets and pantry. Avoid the temptation to stuff clutter into your closets. Instead, put your extra belongings in a storage facility or ask a close friend or family member if you can temporarily store your belongings with them.
-Keep it light. Extra lighting can make a home seem more inviting and attractive. No one wants to live in a dark, dreary home. Use tasteful lamps, mirrors and glass to add light to your home.
-Just the basics. Too much furniture can make a room feel crowded and uncomfortable. Consider keeping just a few key items of furniture in each room. Arrange the furniture in an open, inviting way that doesn't close off spaces or restrict the flow of your home.
-Sparkling Clean. Clean and deodorize your home before each showing. Make a checklist that you use to make sure you don't overlook anything before a showing. To avoid having to do a deep cleaning each time someone comes to look at the home, do your best to keep your home in clean condition. Don't forget glass doors, ceiling fans and windows.