7 Ideas to Stage Your Hawaii Home for Sale

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You're probably wondering, "How do I sell my Hawaii home?" If you are planning to sell your home, you are in the right place. One of the most important things you should do is make sure that your house is ready for potential buyers. Generally, vacuuming, mopping, dusting and tidying up are the essentials . But there are other tips you can use to make sure that your house will sell.


Having your home reflect your personality is a good thing. But if you're selling your home, it's better for it to be less personalized. You want the people visiting your home to feel like they can live in your house.  Those knick-knacks and keepsakes you've been collecting for years, they need to be boxed up and out of sight.  We understand this may be difficult and that these items are important to you, but the goal is to sell your home so they should be stored away.

Make the space less personal by removing clutter and storing unnecessary items. You can also replace personal pictures on the shelves with frames of abstract art that can appeal to a lot of people. In Hawaii, use pictures of beaches, waterfalls, mountains or pineapples.  Your goal is to make potential buyers believe this is a house they can design themselves. You have to leave room for their imagination.

Don't Forget To Decorate

While removing personal clutter is a good, adding accessories to your Hawaii home can also be to your advantage. Simple decorations can go a long way. In the living room, always have a vase of fresh flowers around. Having a set of throw pillows that complements your sofa is also a great idea. You can even accessorize the dining area with a bowl of fruit.  While your bedroom is your most personal space, when you're staging your home for selling, you should make sure that the bedroom can welcome potential buyers. Avoid having too many personal things lying around by removing as much clutter as possible. 

Let the Sunshine In

It's Architecture 101 that natural light creates a welcoming vibe. Natural light can make your space feel bigger. It is a huge selling point for a lot of people. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their lives in an enclosed space that feels too small. They want a fresh and open space that is spacious and breathable.  Hawaii home buyers are looking for light and airy, so if you can, replace thick curtains with thinner ones that will let in natural light. Clean and open blinds to let the light and air into your house.  Make sure windows, window sills, and screens are clean and free of clutter.

First Impressions Last

This is true in life and also with selling your home.  Keep the front yard and entryway free and clear of clutter.  Spruce up the front yard by making sure the grass is cut, the walkways are trimmed and the bushes are clipped.  A little will go a long way in this department.  We've seen some buyers pull up to a house and not even want to go inside because of the appearance of the front yard.  Your entryway should immediately make the impression that this house is a place to live in.

Choose Neutral Colors

It is a good idea to repaint your house when you're planning to sell it so that it will look newer. There's a variety of colors to choose from but there are certain guidelines you should follow. While bold and fun colors are great to add personality to rooms, chances are, it can alienate certain buyers. By going for neutral colors, you can guarantee that a bigger portion of the people who will check your house will feel at home.

Neutral colors on your walls can also make your furniture pop. Aside from that, a lot of people choose neutral colors because it makes their house look modern. It looks more sophisticated and clean. It's easier on the eyes.

Fun and Lively Home Accents

A plant in your entryway can give off the impression that the atmosphere in your house is fresh and friendly. Adding deodorizers will eliminate any pet odors.  A nice welcome rug with a Hawaiian motif is a must. Finally we recommend a sign that says "Aloha spoken here" or "Please remove your slippers".  After all this is a Hawaii home you are selling and there should be a difference.

Keep Your Home Show Ready

Ok, this is the hardest one.  It is very hard to keep a home show ready.  With kids coming and going and family members working long hours and odd shifts this can be almost impossible.  A rule to live by when your home is up for sale is "don't put it down, put it away."  Make this a family saying while your Hawaii home is on the market because you never know when an interested Hawaii home buyer might want to stop by to see your home.

Final Thoughts

I understand selling your Hawaii home is significant emotional event in your life and I am here to help every step of the way.  Do you know more great tips for selling and staging your home?  I'd love to hear from you.

Mahalo.  MaryJo

MaryJo McGillicuddy





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