Spring is a beautiful season to attract interested home buyers to a listing. As cold weather and bare trees transition to warm sunny days and new blooms, many people are ready for a fresh start, including a new home!
If you’re ready to sell your home this spring, take a look at the five tips below to prepare your home for showings:
Spring Staging Tip #1: Declutter
The first step of staging a listing doesn’t involve staging at all. You should begin with decluttering your home if you want to sell well in the spring. Decluttering includes removing unnecessary items from living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and garages.
Homebuyers will see almost if not every room during a showing, and you want your home to wow them!
If you have a storage space on your property, consider placing unused, miscellaneous items there. Better yet, remove or donate any unneeded items to prepare your home to sell. Another option would be to rent an offsite storage unit to store some of the house essentials you plan to take with you after selling your home.
To get started on your decluttering journey, check out this list of 20 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen in 20 Minutes!
Spring Staging Tip #2: Deep Clean
Spring is the season known for cleaning, so this tip shouldn’t come as a surprise. After you declutter, it’s time to clean. This isn’t just a spit shine cleaning, but a deep clean. We’re talking about dusting top to bottom, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning, and even baseboards.
If you are serious about selling your listing fast and for the most money possible, a deep clean is essential. Many people are far too busy and stressed to put in the work required for a deep clean. Consider hiring a reputable cleaning company to do the hard work for you!
Here are some house cleaning hacks you may find useful.
Spring Staging Tip #3: Freshen Up
Now that the home is clean and decluttered, it’s time to freshen up the space. Adding a touch of freshness can elevate any room and leave a lasting impression during showings.
Did you know that smells are linked directly to emotional recall? Certain scents can boost positive feelings and decrease stress. Learn more about sensory marketing here: Boost Your Listing Performance with Sensory Marketing.
Add staging items like fresh flowers for the kitchen table or a bowl of real lemons for the kitchen island or ask your real estate agents for suggestions to achieve this step independently.
Spring Staging Tip #4: Add Light Bright Colors
A simple way to stage a spring listing is by switching out throw pillows and blankets. You can decide between a cheerful, bright color palette or keep it light and neutral. Either option you choose, switching out these items can help a spring listing stand out.
There are plenty of affordable spring-themed throw pillows and blankets at stores like HomeGoods, Target, Walmart, and even Amazon. When choosing colors, we suggest keeping it fun but lean towards neutral!
Spring Staging Tip #5: Update Curtains
Similar to switching out the throw pillows and blankets, take a look at your curtains. If the curtains are heavy or dark, think about a refresh for a spring staging. For example, sheer curtains allow more light to brighten up the home. The listing will feel larger and more open at showings if the curtains are light and sheer.
Curtains can be expensive, though. There are affordable curtains, however, available at retailers like Ikea and Amazon. If you are not interested in purchasing new curtains, remove them entirely to really open up the space.
With these five tips for staging a spring listing, you and your real estate agent can prepare for a successful home selling process!
Written by photography partner, Virtuance Photography LLC.