Small Things Can Make a Big Difference
Small things can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home. By staging it carefully, you will be putting your best foot forward. A furnished, or partially furnished home can be easier to sell because it is innately warmer and more inviting. The most important thing to remember is to leave plenty of room for a buyer’s imagination to fill in the details of how the place might look with his own furniture, artwork, photographs and knickknacks, rather than yours.
Decluttering, depersonalizing, and removing family photos are important steps home-owners can take to ready their house for showings. Too often, sellers overlook the impact that personal decorating preferences can have on potential buyers. When tastes clash, lookers become distracted, making it difficult to visualize even the simplest of changes they’d like to make.
Neutral walls are a win-win when staging your home. Remove all unnecessary furniture. Books and framed photographs can go into storage, replaced by a few accent pieces to brighten dark shelves. Accent simply, with color. Declutter surfaces. Clear countertops of most appliances, and create a warm gathering place in the kitchen. Replace that collection on the mantel with one large painting, a candle or sconce on either side. Place a lamp here and there to brighten corners. Purchase new contrasting bath towels, add a splash of color with a fresh floral bouquet, arrange a tiny table in an otherwise utilitarian bathroom, to create a welcoming ambiance while directing the eye upward, making any small room feel more spacious. Be minimalist and deliberate in your staging to allow prospective buyers a distraction-free view of your home. You get the idea.
RiverBend Agents are expert in the basics of increasing the salability of RiverBend-listed homes. Call a RiverBend Agent today for a complimentary Home Market Analysis, a preliminary staging walk-through, contact information on where to obtain basic or elaborate Home Staging Packages, and to discuss the current housing market in the Flathead Valley: www.riverbendbigfork.com
Keith Palmquist is the broker-owner of RiverBend Realty in Bigfork, Montana. He is a twenty year veteran professional with a multi-million dollar track record of successful real estate transactions in the Flathead Valley.