Staging Your Home During Covid-19

Nothing is normal thanks to the COVID-19 health crises.

Despite the crisis from the virus, Florida and Michigan have hot home markets. Homes are selling quickly and if you want to get the highest dollar for your property, you’ll want to stage it properly to be appealing to buyers. Here are some tips

Prioritize Safety

Let buyers know you have their health in mind by putting sanitation front and center. Offer disposable masks, hand sanitizers and wipes for all visitors.

Clear clutter so counters are clean; Buyers want to think “clean,” with clear surfaces and floor space, so declutter and move excess appliances, lamps, pillows and other accessories and unnecessary furniture to a storage unit.

Examples include, if your washer/dryer is behind closed doors, have them propped open during the showing. Use a doorstop if needed for other doors, as buyers are instructed not to touch anything in the house.

That means you also should flip lights on, and even open closets and cupboards so buyers don’t have to touch handles. Leave wipes visible in case they do have to touch something, such as turning on a ceiling fan.

Stage a Bedroom as Flex Space

Home buyers are looking for more space, whether it’s for a workout gym or a home office. Even if you don’t have excess spaces devoted specifically to those uses, a bedroom can stand in as double duty. As more people continue to work from home, it is important for buyers making new home purchases to see a dedicated office or work space, on top of their standard bedroom requirements.

The room also can be staged as a work office or a children’s school room with a smaller table and chair, white boards and project space.

Highlight Alternative Uses For Different Spaces
While open concept living previously was all the rage, families now need to see how they can have more private areas. Consider showing how big rooms could be screened off to make additional workspaces.

This can be created from a formal dining room or utilizing nooks once kept for storage and staging them as an office area helps the prospective buyer see the possibilities in the home.”


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