15 Fab Ways to Stage Your Home

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The summer buying season is heating up, and that means sellers will be flocking to list their homes. With so many homes on the market, it’ll be stiff competition for sellers who are looking to get out of their current home and into a new one. How do you get your home to rise to the top?

I know staging made a huge difference for my husband and I when we were buying our home. There were some that were empty and it was tough to see how you could use the various spaces. Then, there were some that were too cluttered and too personal, or unclean and unkept with a fixer-upper to-do list that gave me anxiety just walking around.

Remember to de-clutter and de-personalize your spaces!

Remember to de-clutter and de-personalize your spaces!

So, while you feel at home in your house, think about how those potential buyers will feel when they walk through instead. Staging with these 15 fab tips will help to sell it (and hopefully sell it quickly so you can start living in your dream home sooner rather than later!).

1) Clutter – Simplify, simplify, simplify! Too much furniture can make rooms look smaller. Same goes for the small stuff, too. Pack up any unnecessary items and personal belongings that you won’t need for a month or few months.

2) Great lighting – Increase the wattage of your lamps and fixtures to 100watts for each 50 square feet. Make sure you also have ambient lighting (general / overhead), task (pendant, reading, etc) and accent lighting (wall, tables, etc).

3) Neutral and appealing colors – Go for neutral paint colors that anyone will like. Bold colors have a way of appealing to a smaller market and reducing offers, so go for neutrals, especially in large spaces.

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A few updates and a little cleaning go a long way — especially in bathrooms!

4) De-Personalize – Remove family photos and make it less personal so the future buyer can picture their family there, not yours.

5) Flower arrangements – Search your yard if needed! Pull summer blooms into a vase to welcome those viewing your home. Or run to the nearest store and get a small bouquet of flowers.

6) New Facings – If you can’t afford new cabinet doors but want to make them look updated, add new hardware and just new doors / new drawer fronts. Same with the dishwasher – you may be able to get a new front panel from the manufacturer.

7) Finish those unfinished projects – They will become eyesores to your potential buyers. Make sure you update them prior to listing your home.

They say kitchens sell homes, and updating appliances is an easy way to boost the appeal!

They say kitchens sell homes, and updating appliances is an easy way to boost the appeal!

8) Invest in updated appliances – They don’t need to be best or newest model, but stainless steel is a huge selling point for future homeowners. Make sure to spray stainless steel cleaner prior to showings to make sure there are no fingerprints. New kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers in all of our markets!

9) Update bathrooms – Grimy bathrooms are a huge red flag! Even if you can’t afford to do a full update, make sure to get rid of surface mold. Give the room a new coat of paint, clean grout, replace the shower door and/or paint your tiles to give inexpensive but effective improvements.

10) Give the fireplace a facelift – If you have a fireplace, update the fireplace screen. Get a heat resistant spray paint to give the screen a facelift.

11) Curb appeal – Online people are first going to see the exterior of your home so make sure that this first impression gives the perfect impression! Paint the exterior, add new flowers, pull weeds, re-stain your deck, power wash your home, and wash your windows – inside and out! A welcome home mat and flowers on the porch are also nice touches to make those feel welcome.

Don't forget to stage the outdoor spaces of your home, too!

Don’t forget to stage the outdoor spaces of your home, too!

12) Floors – Have your floors professionally cleaned for carpets, and have wood floors cleaned or refinished if needed. You could even utilize discount sites like Groupon, Angie’s List, etc to find inexpensive ways to update these items.

13) Clean out! – Clean out your closets, cupboards, pantries, etc. Typically you can hide things in these, but these will all be opened when your home is up for sale. Buyers want to see storage areas and they definitely do now want to open the door and have items fall out or worse, hitting them on the head!

14) Pets – We all love our own pets, but potential homeowners probably don’t want your pet hair all over. Make sure to remove pet odors and stains from floors by getting them steam cleaned. Also, try to send pets (dogs and cats specifically) to daycare on when your house is being shown. Don’t have a daycare? Reach out to a friend or neighbor to see if you can have your dog stay their for a few hours! Make sure to vacuum extremely well to remove hair! Pets, as well as their smells and allergens, can deter potential buyers.

15) Outdoor Staging – Staging doesn’t stop at the door. It’s important to stage your outdoor living spaces, too. This includes your front porch, deck, patios and around the pool. This not only warms up the spaces and makes it feel like home, but it also gives buyers an idea of how useful the spaces could be to their lifestyle.

If you’re looking for a new home in the Cincinnati market, make sure to check out these gorgeous new homes. You won’t have to worry about any of these issues, since they are brand new!

Selling & Moving Don’t Have to be 4-Letter Words.

Spring is almost here.

Wait, we didn’t hear any cheering! For those of us who reside up north, Spring is a big deal. Dreams of sunshine and warmer days consume our thoughts. The break in weather also means that more people start to think about moving into a new home and hope for a bustling real estate season.

If you’re one of those who needs to get his or her home ready for potential buyers to “ooh” and “ahh” at your stunning taste in decor, here’s a great place to start. We’ve dug up some blogs that will point you in the right direction and hopefully have you on your way to “sold!” more quickly.

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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.

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