The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of many people across the country. One side effect that we did not expect to see is the unprecedented shift in the housing market. In 2020, there were significant losses in the financial market which made a lot of people hit pause when it came to the thought of buying and selling real estate. Fast forward a few months and the state of the housing market has become quite optimistic. New listings grew more than 35% compared to this time last year. If you want to get top dollar for your property, you’ll want to stage it properly and there are a few things to consider when staging during a pandemic. Let us share more in this month’s blog post.
Get rid of the Clutter
This may be the most important thing for a homeowner that is preparing to sell. Over the years (especially this past year…) things begin to accumulate and you start running out of room to put them. This will cause your home to look much smaller and undesirable. Take the time you have to take a good, long look at everything you own and find some things that you can probably live without. You want your home to look as spacious as possible to potential buyers.
When setting up your furniture, you probably want everything pushed up against walls to really open up the space right? Actually, that may not be true. Instead of putting everything in corners and against walls, try positioning your furniture closer together, perhaps at a distance where quiet conversation is possible. Not only will this actually help open a room up a bit, but also it can help direct the flow of foot traffic and everyone can be more comfortable.
Stage a Bedroom as Flex Space
With many people still working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s important to give some options to homebuyers by staging a space that can flex as an extra bedroom, extra office, or even a workspace for the kiddos.
With many people working from home, lighting has become more important than ever. A room should have ambient (overhead), task (under the cabinet or reading), and accent (table or wall) lighting. Great lighting makes a room feel warm and welcoming and can add a lot to your home.
The Power of 3
Accessories can make or break a room. Have too many and it looks cluttered, don’t have enough and it feels awkward. Stagers suggest that grouping things in 3’s can have a lasting impact. Imagine a triangle, place an object at each point and make sure to scale it so the largest of the 3 is in the back and the smallest in the front. This will draw a prospective buyer’s eye and help bring a room together.
Pay Attention to the Bedroom
Bedrooms are often a target destination for most home buyers. They want to see a relaxed, spacious room. Neutral-patterned bedding, partnered with a freshly-decluttered room is a must. Also, cleaned-out closets showcasing storage space is bound to score some bonus points.
A Clean Carpet is a Good First Impression
One of the first things someone visiting the house is going to see is the carpet. While regularly vacuuming can clean most messes, there are some things that have sunk so deep in the fibers, your vacuum just can’t get it. That’s where professional carpet cleaners, like KleenRite, can come in handy. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned can return it back to its former glory and really freshens up the room. It could be what puts a buyer over the top.
Staging a home can take time and effort, but is a necessity when trying to attract buyers. Space, lighting and everything else in between can be the difference between selling your house immediately or stressing over how long it’s been on the market.
At Kleenrite, we use only state-of-the-art equipment and employ only trained professionals. And we guarantee our service for each and every customer: your carpets will be cleaned right every time. Call KleenRite at (217) 351-4930 or visit us online to schedule your service.