When homes for sale go on the market the homeowner hopes for a quick sale but sometimes it can take a couple of months before that happens. Even if you have perspective buyers looking at your home it can still take awhile. There are some staging tips that homeowners can use to help make a quicker sale. One of the purposes for staging homes for sale is to help make buyers feel that your home offers them everything that they are looking for in a home. It is all about presentation and preparation with the goal of getting a higher market value for your home and selling it faster.
One important thing to remember before you have potential buyers coming into the home is get rid of the clutter and dirt. Make sure that things, especially personal things, are packed and put into storage. This can include family pictures, extra books sitting on tables, etc. You should also make sure that your bathroom and kitchen counters are clean and clutter free. Wipe off the doors of the stove and refrigerator. The dishes should not be left in the dishwasher or in the dish rack on the counter. If you have a cat do not leave their litter box in plain sight but move it to the porch or even the garage. You want the prospective buyer to look at your home and be able to see their stuff there.
Arrange the furniture away from the windows if possible so the potential buyers can see the windows and out into the yard. Make sure the windows are clean and streak free. Make sure that the curtains are pulled back to let in the natural light. If you have hardwood floors make sure that they are clean. Look at the furniture in the rooms and if you can move some to storage do so. Too much furniture can make rooms look smaller and more cluttered. On the couches and chairs do not overload them with throw pillows.
Check your closets and pack up out-of-season clothes or clothes that you are not wearing and also put them in storage. When potential buyers are looking at homes for sale they will want to open closets to check out the room to see if they are big enough for them so you want them to be able to do so. You do not want the buyers to see an overstuffed closet. The same thing goes for the kitchen cabinets, and bathroom closets. If there are lights in the closets make sure they are working.
You should also look at the outside of your home to make sure that the lawn is neatly cut and any flower beds are neat and clean.