Explore Staging Tips for Canton Sellers

Even in a seller's market, it's worth putting a little extra effort in before listing your home. Not only can staging help you impress buyers, but it can also yield an impressive return on investment. Best of all, the entire process doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming—just a few targeted upgrades are all it takes to have buyers flocking to your door!

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1. Start with the Basics

Today's buyers are willing to pay a premium for move-in ready homes, which means you'll want to put your best foot forward before you list. Here are a few steps you should take before that "For Sale" sign goes up.

Make repairs

Something as simple as scuffed floors, creaky stairs, or a little water damage can steer buyers away. If you have any to-dos that need tackling before your home goes on the market, be sure to handle them as soon as possible. It might also be worth scheduling a pre-listing inspection.

Clean everything

A dirty home can be an instant turn-off to buyers, which means you'll want to do a deep clean before your agent takes any listing photos. Now is the time to go the extra mile and really get in those hard-to-reach spots...or just hire a professional cleaner if you don't have time to do it yourself. 

Clear away clutter

Buyers definitely don't want to see your clutter during a showing, and having too much stuff can make your home appear smaller than it actually is. To streamline the decluttering process, work room by room and form piles for things you're going to keep, donate, and throw away. It might also be worth renting a storage unit.

Focus on curb appeal

First impressions are everything, even in real estate. If you want to catch a buyer's attention as they're scrolling through listings, spend some time sprucing up your landscaping, upgrading to more modern light fixtures, or painting your front door. Setting out a welcome mat or potted plants can also work wonders.

Make some upgrades

If your home isn't quite move-in ready, a few inexpensive upgrades—like painting your walls and cabinets or updating fixtures—can yield an impressive return on investment. If you're not sure where to start, just ask your agent for advice!

2. Go the Extra Mile

Now that you've got the basics covered, it's time to pull out all the stops for potential buyers. Here are a few final touches that can turn your house into a five-star listing.

Move your furniture

Big furniture can make a room feel cramped and small. If you have any larger pieces, put them in storage or move them away from the walls and main walkways.

Depersonalize

Family photos and memorabilia add character to your home, but they can be off-putting to buyers. Save your personal decor for your new place and keep your home as neutral as possible while it's on the market.

Let the light in

Opening the blinds, taking down the curtains, and turning on all your lights can make your spaces appear larger than they actually are. Adding mirrors and lamps can brighten rooms without windows or natural light.

Add some decor

Replace your personal decor with more neutral touches that will appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. You can make your space feel lived-in with appropriate decor like fresh flowers, a cozy blanket, or a seasonal wreath.

3. Appeal to the Senses

Appealing to buyers' senses leaves a lasting impact—and it might make them choose your home over the competition.

Play soft music

Play some soft instrumental music from a smart speaker, stereo, or television before a showing begins. This is a great way to set the mood and put buyers at ease.

Use inviting scents

Lighting candles or setting out some gently scented potpourri will make a huge difference with buyers. Don't forget to eliminate any bad odors by taking out the trash or putting away pet supplies.

Leave out refreshments

Who doesn't love a few snacks? Curb buyers' appetites by setting out refreshments before a showing. Some packaged goodies and bottled water work just fine, but you can also bake some cookies to go above and beyond.

4. Keep Your Home Clean

Prepping your home is hard work, but so is maintaining it! If you want your home to look its best while it's on the market, establish a regular cleaning routine or hire a professional cleaner. You'll also want to keep a checklist of what needs to be done before you leave for a showing. Ensure that all dishes are out of the sink, every bed is made, and all clutter is hidden.

5. Don't Forget the Backyard!

One more thing—your outdoor space! If you have a backyard, porch, patio, or balcony, give it a good cleaning and enhance it with some new furniture or potted plants. For an extra touch, consider incorporating some string lights or a fire pit to show off its entertainment potential. Don't forget to take care of any brown spots or pet waste on your lawn, and incorporate some landscaping if your yard feels a bit sparse.

Ready to Sell Your Canton Home?

Selling a home doesn't have to be hard when you work with the right agent. When you work with me, I'll help you navigate every step of the selling process, and I'd love to help you stage your home to perfection. Remember—a little extra work can get you a ton of extra cash!

Have questions about selling? Take a look at my resources below, and give me a call when you're ready to make a move.