Fortunately, there’s plenty of demand for Atwater Village luxury homes and other high-end Los Angeles properties. However, there are still things that you can do in order to improve demand for your particular home. One of the key steps is staging. Here’s how to stage your Atwater Village real estate to get the offers you’re looking for.
The basics of staging
Homeowners typically include simple, quality furniture, tasteful decorations and accents, and plenty of ambient lighting when staging. You can also open blinds to allow for natural lighting. Your home should look well-balanced, without too many empty spaces or too much clutter. Interior design magazines and online home listings can provide design ideas if you need some inspiration.
First steps: deep cleaning, decluttering, and depersonalizing
Before staging your home, you will need to get some preparatory work done first, namely thoroughly cleaning, decluttering, and depersonalizing your home. You can do the dirty work yourself or get help from a professional cleaning company. In addition to cleaning, you should remove excess clutter and personal items prior to staging.
Cleaning does not necessarily need to be the first step in this sequence. For your particular home, it may be productive to completely empty out everything prior to deep cleaning. It depends in part on whether you plan to stage the home with existing furnishings or acquire entirely new furnishings for the purpose of staging.
Whether or not you use your own furnishings for the purpose of staging, it is important to remove personal items from your home, a process commonly referred to as depersonalizing. Depersonalizing consists of removing personal belongings, particularly those that are easily recognizable as such. For instance, family photographs, monogrammed towels, and memorabilia are common examples of personal items that you would want to remove. These items are inappropriate for staging because they make your home uniquely personal to you in a way that may not appeal to many buyers. Staging is supposed to help buyers to get a feel for what it would be like to own your home, which will be more difficult if the home looks like it belongs to a particular individual. In addition, it is worthwhile to remove personal items for safekeeping while prospective buyers, inspectors, realtors, contractors, or others come through your home.
Choosing what areas to stage
Online versus in-person
As an article released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) explains, some home sellers use virtual staging, which is the process of digitally editing photographs of a home in order to simulate staging in listing photos. While this saves time, energy, and money spent on physical staging, it will not help you during an open house or an in-person private showing. However, another possible use of virtual staging is to try out different staging concepts and plan your final staging decisions.
Don’t overlook curb appeal
While the interior of your home will probably require the bulk of your attention when staging, do not overlook the exterior elements of your home. The upkeep of your home’s exterior and landscaping have an impact on prospective buyers’ first impressions of your home in much the same way that the interior staging does. Make sure to have a neatly trimmed lawn, a clean driveway, and adequate lighting for your home’s exterior.