In this article, we will cover a crucial For Sale by Owner home-selling tactic: how to stage a bedroom to sell a house fast.
Have you tried rendering a heat map of rooms most frequented in your house? You’ll discover the bedroom is where most people spend their day, unawake or half-asleep. This precious space is also one of the first places buyers check during a walkthrough.
Few people actually sit on showroom beds, let alone lie on these. It’s safe to assume a well-staged bedroom will remain untouched during a visit. With this in mind, prep your bedroom like the experts do. People won’t even dare touch the pillows!
Staging a bedroom in a For Sale by Owner home is so easy, you can even tidy up a few minutes before someone walks in. We won’t let you stress yourself out that much, though. Here are 5 staging tips you have to consider, if you’re after converting prospects to buyers.
Tip #1 : Intimate but not isolated
Visitors will note the vibe as soon as they walk in. Is it comfortable, and will they imagine themselves catching forty winks on the bed? Staging the bedroom with sense of intimacy is crucial, especially in the master bedroom. You don’t want people to feel the bedroom is merely an extension of the living room, or (gasp) the dining room.
Ample lighting does wonders to the ambiance, natural light is preferable. Curtains are also better than blinds, because these disperse light and doubles as design elements. If you spend most of your sleeping hours in the bedroom, chances are your For Sale by Owner buyer will do the same.
Tip #2 : Don’t overfill the bedroom!
You’ll be tempted to dump a cartload of pillows on the bed, and a life-sized teddy bear. You need to leave a spot to sit on! Many sellers will attempt to doll up the room and make it more exciting by bringing in too much stuff. Staging a bedroom is one thing, but overdoing the presentation is another.
If you were in the buyers’ shoes, which items in the staged bedroom would you actually keep after the For Sale by Owner sale? Which do you keep in storage, throw away? Keep in mind function complements form, and this isn’t the case if the bedroom looks like a hoarder’s nook.
Tip #3 : Get rid of things that don’t belong.
We’re referring to that treadmill on the corner you barely use, also that 40-inch TV mounted on the wall. Your definition of restful may be different from the majority of your visitors’.
As side note, also get rid of evidence of things that don’t belong. If you let pets roam free around the house, these will leave traces of their existence (not the nasty kind) visitors will immediately recognize. Scour the bed for strands of pet hair. The deal is off if your potential buyer finds a tick cosily nestled in a pillowcase fold!
Tip #4 : Spare plenty of time for clean-up, especially in scheduled visits.
You’ll overlook a lot because you’re too familiar with the space. The bedroom is also a spot you frequently use, so there’s always something to tidy and clean up. Sure, you can depend on adrenaline to make quick adjustments a few minutes before someone visits. But when people open closets and drawers, will they like what they see?
It’s best to think of your home as a showroom from now on. You can sit and lie on beds, but leave everything tidied when you get up. Make sure your closets are always in order, take out the laundry hamper, and don’t stuff toys and knickknacks on the drawers!
Tip #5 : Neutral styles and colours
It pays to moderate on customization, since you’re after mass appeal. This is a challenge if your bedroom looks like it belongs in the Victorian era. Nevertheless, make an effort to adopt neutral styles and colours not only in the bedroom, but throughout the house. Your goal is to simulate a showroom out of a lived-in house, so a balance of neutral and homey is crucial.
Visit showrooms if you’re having trouble creating this vibe. Notice the staged arrangements are appealing enough to imitate, but with your preference in design applied? That’s how your bedroom should look like.
A well-staged bedroom builds your pitch to For Sale by Owner home buyers. Complement this with a functional kitchen and bathrooms and you’re set for closing. Many buyers are willing to overlook minor flaws so long as you have these spaces covered. Adopt the seller’s mindset, and consider your home already sold.
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