When you read about home staging, or talk to different home staging professionals or firms, you will often hear the term “adding value to your home”. Home stagers often emphasize the importance of value-added improvements and enhancements to your home or property in order to achieve selling success.
So what exactly does “adding value to your home” mean? Does this pertain to decorating your home in a way that appeals to the most number of potential home buyers? Partly, although in reality, decorating your home is very different from home staging. Decorating your house means showing your own personality and preferences in choosing paint colors, window treatments, furniture items, and other fixtures; home staging, meanwhile, keeps the property as depersonalized as possible because the primary focus is for the potential buyers to imagine themselves in your property.
Value-added enhancements to your home are those additions or ideas that make it just a little more inviting, a tad more appealing, and a whole lot more enticing to clients that come by and tour your home for sale. They make it much easier for people to envision themselves living in your home and having lots of good memories of their own. Value-added home staging convinces clients who are on the fence about your property to go for it and make an offer.
What are some ideas that add value to your property?
- Ready-to-use storage spaces. Your cabinets, shelves, cupboards, and other storage areas around the home should look like they are ready for the buyer to just move in and put all their stuff in. This is achieved by lessening the contents of your storage spaces; cabinets should only be about half full, so pack away things you are not going to need for the remainder of your stay.
- A functional, efficient, comfortable kitchen. Homeowners like to know that their food preparation area will be working and in optimum condition. If you stage a kitchen with ample floor space, storage areas, and great lighting, you will make your property much more marketable and edge out the competition.
- Clean, refreshing and inviting bathrooms. For a lot of home buyers, bathrooms are deal breakers. They may be impressed with modern area rugs or coordinated furniture arrangements, but ultimately they look at the bathrooms as the real barometer of how well-kept and maintained a home really is. Make sure faucets, sinks, showerheads, and toilets are working properly and are updated for maximum visual appeal.