The beginning of the year is a great time to sell your home — after all, what better way to start off a new year than by moving into a new home? But selling a home at the beginning of the year isn’t always easy, especially if you live somewhere that experiences a harsh winter. So to help you sell your home as quickly as possible, here are a few home staging tips to consider in 2019.
Focus on Energy Efficiency
One of the main features in houses buyers want to see today is energy efficient options. Before you put your home on the market, you should get an energy efficient rating so you know where your home stands. From there, you can take steps to make your home as energy efficient as possible. Since heating and cooling makes up over 50% of the energy used in U.S. homes, you should ensure your HVAC system is cleaned and replaced if necessary. You can also take smaller steps, like changing the lightbulbs in your home to LEDs. Not only are LEDs more energy-efficient, but they can add brightness to darker rooms. You can even make aesthetic changes that can have surprising energy-efficient benefits. For example, adding draperies to certain rooms in your home can not only add privacy and style, but they can help reduce heat loss by up to 10%. While investing in new, energy-efficient appliances may not be doable, taking these other small steps should be fairly easy. And it will be worth it — potential buyers will love to see the energy-efficient features of the home and be excited about the idea of buying a home that can help reduce energy use.
Repaint With New Color Trends
While the previous years have seen plenty of neutrals and grey colors throughout homes, that won’t necessarily be the case in 2019. The new year is expected to see a lot of rich, deep colors and tones. It’s important to remember that repainting your entire home to fit current trends isn’t necessary. But you should focus on the main rooms of the house, like the living room and kitchen. The living room is often the first room potential buyers look at and it can be a good idea to catch their interest by repainting with deep, jewel tones. These dark colors can be accented with lighter rugs and throw pillows.
Keep Potential Buyers in Mind
And lastly, it’s more important than ever to keep your potential buyers in mind when staging your home for open houses. Millennials and Gen Yers made up about 34% of home buyers in 2017, a number that’s only expected to rise. You should work with your realtor to identify and focus on your buyer profile. Are you in a neighborhood that attracts families with young kids? If so, you should consider making your home as kid-friendly as possible. Does your realtor think you’ll have a lot of young couples looking for their first home? With 32% of home buyers looking for their first home, it’s important to make your home as welcoming as possible. People expect that homes they view will meet their wants and needs right off the bat. So by keeping your buyers in mind, you can ensure everyone who visits your home can see themselves living in the house.
Staging your home for selling is an important part of the process. So make sure to keep these tips in mind when you’re putting your home on the market in 2019.