Should You Stage Your Home for a Short Sale?

Should You Stage Your Home for a Short Sale?

You may have heard of people staging homes and feel staging is only for large home sales. You can stage any home, especially short sales in NYC. Your job as a homeowner is to help potential buyers envision themselves living in your home. You don’t need to hire an interior decorator to stage your short sale in NYC. Here are 6 tips on how to do it yourself.

Clear Away Clutter
First, clear away any clutter and personal items. Remove family photos, storage boxes, toys, and any other out of place items. Your potential buyers should be able to see their stuff in those spots.

Get Rid of Some Furniture
Clear out some furniture. Each room should have an open feel. A living room is inviting enough with a couch, loveseat, coffee table, and one end table. Place a vase in the corner and a bowl of fresh fruit on the table.

Reorganize Your Furniture
Make a room feel more open by reorganizing your furniture. Keep the furniture off the walls. If you have a beautiful bay window, reface your couch so you can look out into the yard. If its winter, center your furniture to face the fireplace, so families can vision themselves cozy by the fire.

Touch Up the Paint
If your walls could use a fresh coat of paint, do so with a nice neutral color. You can also add contrast by painting one wall a vibrant color.

Deodorize Your Home
When potential buyers come into your home, it should be clean and smell fresh. Make sure there is no dust on the ceiling fans. Buyers are sure to notice that and think what a pain it will be to clean it. Bake cookies or boil cinnamon sticks or lemon peels on the stove a few moments before a showing.

Transform Rooms
Transform bedrooms used as storage rooms so it’s considered a usable living space. If you don’t have bedroom furniture, turn it into a sitting room or study. Add a desk, bookshelf, and comfortable chair. Add a nice area rug to set the stage.