When you read any resources or websites regarding home staging, or have discussions with different home staging professionals or firms, you will often hear the phrase “adding value to your home”. Interior designers and home stagers always emphasize the importance of value-added improvements and enhancements for your home or property in order to achieve marketability and, eventually, selling success.
So what does “adding value to your home” mean exactly? Does this refer to home decoration in a way that appeals to the most number of possible home buyers? This may be true partly, although the fact is that decorating your home is starkly different from home staging. Decorating your house is more about showing your own taste and preferences in selecting paint colors, window treatments, home furniture, and other fixtures; home staging, meanwhile, maintains a property that is as depersonalized as possible because the main focus is for the potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home.
Value-added updates to your home are those additions or enhancements that make it just a bit more inviting, a tad more appealing, and way more enticing to clients that drop by and tour your home for sale. They make it easier for people to picture themselves living in your home and creating lots of good memories of their own. Value-added home staging convinces clients who are on the fence about your property to choose your property and make an offer.
What are some ideas that add value to your property?
- Storage spaces that are ready for moving in. Your cabinets, shelves, cupboards, and other storage areas around the home should look like they are ready for people to move in and put their own stuff in. This is achieved by decreasing the contents of your storage spaces; cabinets should only be about half full, so pack away things you are not going to need for the rest of your stay.
- A functional, efficient, comfortable kitchen. Homeowners want to know that their food preparation area will be in optimum condition. If you stage a kitchen with ample floor space, storage areas, and excellent lighting, you will make your property more marketable and have an advantage over the competition.
- Clean, refreshing and inviting bathrooms. For many home buyers, bathrooms are deal breakers. They may be impressed with contemporary area rugs or coordinated furniture arrangements, but ultimately they look at the bathrooms as the real barometer of how maintained a home truly is. Make sure faucets, sinks, showerheads, and toilets are working properly and are updated for the most visual impact.