Moving Into a New M/I Home? How to Stage Your Old Home to Sell.

Are you all packed up and ready to move into your new M/I Home? But wait! What about selling your old home? Don’t let selling your old home hold you back from settling into your new M/I Home! If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, staging is a great start. Staging is the process of presenting your home in the most appealing way to the market. Allowing families to visualize how they would live and how their furniture would fit into your home will make it more appealing. The staging process doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. Here are our top 5 tips to stage your home to sell.

1. Wide Open Spaces: De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter – we can’t say it enough! If you haven’t already moved into your new M/I Home, put away the knickknacks and junk to make your current home look neat. Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear larger and more inviting. If some pieces of furniture look worn, keep them in storage while staging your home to sell. Organize bookshelves, coffee tables, desks and more in order to clear up surfaces.

2. Mmm, Fresh Baked Cookies: Make sure your home not only looks inviting, but smells pleasant as well! Having a place that smells like fresh baked cookies, pie, cake or other sweet dessert can really make a house feel like a home. Be conscious of cooking or pet odors that may linger. Open your windows to allow for air circulation and add fresh flowers for that extra touch.

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3. See the Light: Good lighting makes homes look warm and inviting. Think about adding extra lamps to dark corners, as well as replacing old bulbs. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to bring in as much natural light as possible. Neutral colors on walls help a room look bigger and brighter – try light beige as white walls can look a bit sterile. You can even light the fireplace on a dreary day to brighten up a room.

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4. Keep it Simple: Don’t overcrowd living spaces with too much furniture. Try to put away kitchen appliances that take up counter space. Make sure your closets are tidy and clean. Don’t over-decorate with too many pillows, blankets and rugs. Remember – you’re trying to sell the house, not the stuff inside of it!

5. Detail-Oriented: Once you’ve completed the big changes to your home, concentrate on the little things that may have slipped through the cracks. Replace broken bathroom tiles, make sure wallpaper isn’t torn and check for dust. Most importantly – CLEAN! A clean home will always be more appealing than a dirty one. Try to depersonalize your home so that buyers can picture themselves living there. Finally, spruce up the front of your house with plants and flowers – you want to make the best first impression possible!

These 5 tips are a great way to stage your home for a quick sell. Whether your house has been on the market for awhile, or you’re still living there, staging a home is a great way to entice buyers. Remember – you can still stage your home if you’ve already moved into your new M/I Home. For more information on M/I Homes, visit our website.

21 Staging Tips for Selling Your Home Fast

If you are planning to put your house on the market this summer, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast.

 

1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

  • Power wash siding and walkways
  • Hang easy-to-read house numbers
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
  • Wash front windows
  • Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed

 

2. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture. Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by. Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a nice extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.

 

3. Get your house sparkling clean. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don’t skimp — this step is key!

 

4. Clear away all clutter. If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go, end of story. It’s not easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative’s garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.

But it’s my style! Guess what? It may not be the style of those seeking to buy a house in your neighborhood. So even if you have an awesome vintage-chic look going on, rein it in for the sake of appealing to the most number of people. You can bring your personal style back into play in your new home.

 

5. Strike a balance between clean and lived-in. Yes, I know I just said to get rid of all your clutter (and you deserve a big pat on the back if you did it), but now it’s time to judiciously bring back a few elements that will really make your home appealing. Think vases of cut flowers, a basket of fresh farmer’s market produce on the kitchen counter or a bowl of lemons beside the sink.

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By Laura Gaskill

Published July 29, 2012

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