Moving tips: Staging your home to sell it faster and at a higher price

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Luckily, we have channeled our expertise from 50,000 household moves per year into four of the most important steps to saving yourself some stress by getting organized before move day.

When selling your home, you must always be ready for potential buyers to come walking through the door. If you want to get the highest possible price for your home, you may need to do more than just tidying up.

Staging your home can go a long way when it comes to selling it quickly, and then having a smooth moving experience. Once a sale agreement is in place, you can put all your focus on creating a smooth experience for moving into your new home.

According to the National Association of Realtors, staging your home is one of the best ways to increase your chances of a quick sale at a higher price. On average, a staged home vs. a non-staged home will sell for up to 10% more and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less.

Decluttering key areas and rooms of your house is one of the best ways to successfully stage it for showings.

Set the stage

If you’ve ever been house hunting in your life, you know how hard it can be to visualize how a home will look once you’ve put your stamp on it, and your family is living in it. That’s why the first step to successfully staging a home is to clear it of as many personal items as possible. You want to make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to see where they could fit in the home.

Focus most of your decluttering efforts on some of the most common rooms to stage, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room and master bedroom and bathroom. Definitely clear out anything you no longer need (that will help with the moving process as well) but try to tuck away even small personal items, like eyeglasses and cell phone cords, into drawers and out of sight.

If possible, it can also be helpful to swap out, remove or rearrange bulky furniture so rooms appear larger.

Focus on your fridge

The kitchen is a major selling point in any home, and your refrigerator often is the star of the show due to its large size. It's an easy spot to hang your photos of your most memorable vacations, artwork, magnets and other personal favorites. However, when you're trying to sell your home, your refrigerator can easily appear messy. That's why it's important to keep its surface clean from clutter while depersonalizing the space. Focus on decluttering the fridge by:

  • Keeping artwork to a minimum of one or two displayed pieces
  • Take photos of the rest, and store them away
  • Remove magnets, awards and other personal effects to streamline your refrigerator's look

If you have any nonperishable food goods cluttering up your kitchen, many moving companies, including Suddath®, partner with Move For Hunger, a nonprofit that takes people’s unwanted food during a move and makes sure it gets to people in need.

​Make the bathroom beautiful

When you're selling a home, a clean, clutter-free bathroom is critical. There’s nothing worse for selling a house than a bathroom with half empty makeup tubes and razors strewn about. Your house should look aspirational, and that clutter only serves to remind people of the same messy issues they’re trying to escape by moving into a new home.

Tidy the bathroom by removing personal items from the countertops and shower, including makeup brushes, toothbrushes and shampoo bottles. Use an air freshener for a sweet aroma, and don't forget to close the toilet lid. However, make sure to have a roll of toilet paper available should prospective buyers need to use the facilities.

Storage space

Storage is key for homebuyers. They either need more of it or have it in their current home already don’t want to give it up. Even if your house has a lot of storage, just make it look neater with shelving units or by simply straitening up. Remove boxes of holiday decorations keeping people from seeing how big a storage room really is.

In your closets, especially your master closet, take out all the clothes you’re not currently using so that everything looks like it fits comfortably on the racks. A closet that is bursting at the seams, no matter how large it is, will inevitably end up looking small instead of giving the ‘wow’ impression that it should.   

Call in the professionals

When you're short on time, take advantage of a professional organizer or a professional moving company with a niche program to help you organize your move. When you use these decluttering and packing services, you can get help with storing any unnecessary furniture and items before you show the home. You also don't have to worry about storing furniture or other household items while you stage the home, since they handle that for you.

For example, Suddath offers a unique Declutter & Store program that helps you declutter your space for showings – making your home appear cleaner, bigger and more open. The program also includes a professional mover, who loads and securely stores your items into storage vaults.

There's no unsightly storage container left in your driveway to take away from the curb appeal, either. Instead, the moving company secures the storage container so that you don't have to be responsible for it. This offers a turnkey solution, so you can speed up the decluttering process and make a great first impression for a faster and more lucrative sale.

There are different types of packing services available if you’re looking for help. Feel free to contact us to talk about full, partial or do-it-yourself packing options for your next move.