Staging Tips to Prepare a House for Sale

Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 10, 2018

If you are helping a senior loved one prepare for a move to an assisted living community, getting their house ready to sell is probably on your “to do” list. Presenting their home well to prospective buyers can help them get the best possible return on their investment.

We understand how important a successful home sale is to most seniors whether they’re just downsizing or planning a move to a senior living community. For many older adults, their house is their largest asset, and the proceeds from its sale can be used to finance their move to their next home.

What can you do to stage your family member’s home for a quick and successful sale?

Here are a few suggestions.

5 Tips for Staging a Home for a Profitable Sale

  1. Curb appeal: First impressions can make or break the sale of a home. Prospective buyers may decide at a glance whether or not they even want to look inside, so it’s crucial that the house has strong curb appeal. You can give the front door a fresh coat of paint in a welcoming color, add an attractive wreath and a new doormat, and trim the shrubs. If the weather is warm, put a few pots of flowers on the front porch. When you are finished, ask several trusted friends to give you an honest opinion on how inviting the home looks from the curb.
  2. Cut the clutter: If you or loved one is moving from a home they have lived in for many years, there is probably a considerable amount of clutter. Your goal should be to make rooms, cupboards, closets, and other storage spaces look as spacious as possible. You may want to rent a storage unit and move extra items while you are deciding what to give away, sell, or donate to charity. 
  3. Clean and fresh: A home that looks and smells clean is vital when it comes to selling. Clean every room from top to bottom, including ceiling fans, windows, woodwork, walls, and floors. Have rugs and drapes laundered or dry cleaned. In some cases, a fresh coat of neutral paint may be just what you need to brighten up the house.
  4. Attend to repairs: A leaky bathroom faucet or a toilet that runs can make buyers wonder how well the home has been maintained. Walk through the house and make a list of all repairs that need to be completed, big or small. Then create a plan for completing them before the house is listed.
  5. Good lighting: It’s important to create an inviting interior with good lighting. If the house lacks natural light, you can strategically place floor lights and table lamps in darker areas of the home. It also helps to open curtains and blinds to let in as much sunshine as possible.

Assistance with Selling your Home

If you’re ready to move but don’t want to deal with the process of selling your home, the Quick Buy Program by Moving Station might be for you. Moving Station is a Sunrise partner that assists seniors with selling a home and offers a comfortable transition, allowing you to settle into your new lifestyle with ease.