Staging Tips for Your Lindale Home

If you're like most sellers, you probably need a little help getting your home ready to impress buyers. Life gets overwhelming, especially when you're planning a move, so cleaning and staging might not be top of your to-do list. Or maybe you know your home needs a little work but have no idea where or how to start. And that's where we come in.

If you are selling your home in Lindale or Hideaway, Texas, here are some home staging tips to help you get your home ready to list—and impress some potential buyers.

Home Staging Tips for Sellers

Attract buyers from the curb

Selling a home is all about making a great first impression. You want your home to be so captivating that buyers will have to come take a look inside. This means taking some time to spruce up your front yard, landscaping, and overall curb appeal.

Some low-cost ways to "wow" potential home buyers include mowing your lawn, planting some flowers, buying a new mailbox, and putting a seasonal wreath on your front door.

Don't forget to clean

Cleaning is one of the most basic and simple ways you can make your home look better. You probably do some kind of quick or routine cleaning to keep messes under control, but you might want to consider upping your cleaning game before you sell. A little elbow grease can go a long way!

Don't have the time or the patience for a full-house deep cleaning? Consider paying a professional for an initial cleaning, then developing a weekly cleaning schedule to keep it clean.

Opt for depersonalized home furnishings

We understand that family photos, heirlooms, artwork, and knickknacks are important. But your buyers probably won't have the same appreciation for furniture or decor with sentimental value. In fact, leaving these personal items out and on display can make it tough for potential buyers to envision their lives in your home—and might even make them feel like they're intruding on your personal space!

Instead, try to stage your home with more neutral furniture and decor. Need some tips? At Leslie Cain Realty, we have a storage area full of small furniture pieces, artwork, mirrors, ficus trees, greenery, lamps, rugs, floral arrangements, and more to use where needed to provide a warm and cozy feeling.

Keep colors neutral

It's tempting when decorating to add more colors to a room to make it more exciting. However, this might actually be deterring to buyers in much the same way that personalized decor is deterring. Instead of adding new colors or patterns, instead consider removing them from larger surfaces, like walls, cabinets, or flooring.

Overall, aim for neutral colors with small splashes of accent colors in the form of centerpieces, pillows, or throw blankets.

Freshen up with paint

A few coats of paint can work wonders for bringing a home back to life! Old paint, or worse, old wallpaper, can make a room feel dingy, dark, or tired. But a fresh coat of light-colored paint can breathe new energy into your spaces.

Once again, opt for neutral whenever possible. Whites, beiges, greys, and light blues are all easy to match with a variety of color schemes, patterns, and furniture.

Cater to all five senses

Don't just worry about what buyers see, consider what they might smell, touch, taste, and hear, too. Smell is probably the most important of these remaining senses—buyers can be easily turned off by a home that smells bad. Of particular note should be pet and cigarette smells, both of which can linger AND go unnoticed to those who live in the home.

Start by deep cleaning carpets, and make sure you're removing trash (including kitty litter) regularly. You might also want to leave windows open, if weather permits, or add some soft deodorizers, like potpourri or candles. More lingering smells might require a professional treatment.

Further enhance your home's appeal with some soft music or fresh-baked cookies.

Our Complimentary Home Staging Services

At Leslie Cain Realty, we offer complimentary home staging services for our clients. First, we'll help you declutter your home and provide instructions on which items should be removed. Often, that's all that's needed!

However, it's not good to show a home that is too blank or empty. A home needs just the right amount of staging to provide the feeling buyers want to have when they walk in a home. Empty homes feel cold and void. Properly staged homes feel warm and inviting. The difference can result in more money in your pocket as a seller. Many companies nationwide charge large fees for home staging services. At this time, we provide the service as a bonus to our clients who choose to do business with Leslie Cain Realty.

Questions? Ready to get started? Contact us today to learn more.