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  • Home Staging for Success  

  • What is staging and why does it matter to homeowners? In essence, staging is the process of preparing your home for sale by appealing to the mass market. It’s one of the final steps in real estate preparation and well worth the effort. We at Lightning Carpet Care hear this time and time again from real estate agents, and we’d like to share our tips for successfully staging your home for sale.

    Front Door Makeover

    If you’ve ever heard of curb appeal, you know that first impressions matter. Making over your front door means impressing potential buyers from the moment they approach your home. Focus on making your door and entrance clean, clutter-free and welcoming. There’s no need for any pomp and circumstance, since going too far could also be off-putting. Instead, opt for something timeless and classic.

    Depersonalize

    Unlike interior design, staging is all about separating yourself from a space. Design is meant to celebrate someone’s personal style, while staging is meant to meant to draw the most approval. Translation? The process involves removing yourself from the equation. You can do so by removing pictures or personal memorabilia, toning down expressive decorations or wallpaper, and generally aiming for a more neutral look. Remember, your opinion of your staged home matters less than the buyer’s.

    Time to Clean

    One of the best ways to make a house feel new is by making it spotless. Doesn’t everyone love a clean home? This is not the place to cut corners, either, since buyers will be the first to notice problem areas. Do everything — from the obvious jobs like scrubbing floors and vacuuming to the often-overlooked ones like wiping down floorboards.

    We often do professional carpet cleanings and professional carpet repairs for individuals that are selling their homes, and with great results. Our before and after photos on Facebook and Instagram showcase what kind of results you can expect. Real Estate agents constantly tell our team that they expect these new clean results to see a return on investment for home sellers. 

    Declutter

    While decluttering may sound similar to cleaning, it deserves a category all its own. First, there’s the usual decluttering in terms of putting everything in its place. More importantly, though, is thinning out some of the furniture for easier movement and access. Think of it this way — your house is normally meant for living instead of hosting tours. Now that it’s open for business, it needs to accommodate groups of people and their movement. Decluttering visually and spatially is the way to go.

    Keep It Fresh

    Making your house fresh and clean may sound obvious. However, doing so may take some time and forethought. Are you a smoker? Do your pets sometimes smell? Does your carpet need cleaning? Even relatively odor-free houses may benefit from fresh air, new garbage bags and clean linens. The goal here is to emanate freshness from every angle. Lastly, add some new plants to the mix for a touch of freshness and greenery.

    Fix Problems

    One of the things you may notice as you start to move your belongings is the amount of dents, cracks or scratches that were conveniently covered up. Try your best to resolve these problems or minimize their appearance before letting people in. Your home has been lived in, so there’s no need to treat it like a science lab. Instead, correcting some spots here and there helps buyers focus on all your home has to offer.

    Lighting

    One of the fastest ways to make your home look even better is by turning the lights on. As simple as it seems, many homeowners forget this step since they normally rely on natural light. Keep in mind that a home showing is a different scenario since people want to see every nook and cranny. Loosen up about the electricity bill just this once! Showing your house in the best possible light requires a literal interpretation.

    Final Thoughts

    Staging your home may seem overwhelming at first glance. Once you know what to look for and how to go about it, it’s quite painless. Remember to follow these guidelines for maximum impact and you’ll be off and running before you know it.

    We at Lightning Carpet Care are happy to help with the professional cleaning portion of home staging so that you can make your home sale quick, easy and as profitable as possible. We offer a variety of services, including upholstery cleaning, carpet repairs, area rug cleaning and low moisture carpet cleaning. We provide services to the Orlando area, including Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Eustis, Mount Dora, Windermere, Winter Park, Winter Springs, and Winter Garden.

    Give us a call today at 407.864.9680 or schedule your free quote to see how we can help you sell your home.