When you read or hear advice about staging your home for sale, it’s predictable—declutter, depersonalize, and neutralize as much as possible. But what you’re never told is how to make your home really memorable. One way is to make it look like a really fun place to live. Here are some ideas for making your home more appealing to a potential buyer:
- Put a badminton net in the backyard. Leave a note by the racquets with some bottled waters inviting homebuyers to play. Ping pong is also becoming a fun backyard activity; ask a local store if you can rent a ping pong table for the day.
- I was at a brokers open recently where the agent was a yoga instructor. To stage an empty room she put in a yoga mat and some blocks. Everyone raved about the awesome yoga studio in the basement!
- Most homes are older, so turn age into a positive. Set the dining room table with a fondue pot surrounded by flower power napkins and plates. Put some Al Green on Pandora for showings. Showcase the trendy, vintage quality of a home with history.
- Speaking of history and historic homes… Include a fun detailed history sheet explaining that unique aspects of your home. For instance, mid-century homes epitomize the postwar automobile, jet and space travel culture. That’s why the garages are attached and sputnik stars were a popular motif. Better vacuums meant no more rugbeating, hence the luxury of wall-to-wall carpet
- I was recently at an open house where the agent had a cheese and wine party from a mobile cheese and wine vendor and invited all the neighbors. That was great fun!
- Fresh flowers in lots of places really impress people and can add a nice scent to the air, but don’t put air fresheners all over the house. Some people are allergic and that is not fun!
- Create the “Goldilocks Effect.” No matter what time of day or year, the home’s temperature, lighting and noise levels should be just right. Room temperatures should be not too hot and not too cold. Blinds, shades and drapes should be open, and lights should be on