If you’ve decided to sell your home and would like to do so quickly, you will have to come up with ways that will set your home apart from the others currently on the market. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stage the home to highlight its benefits and down play any undesirable features in order to attract the most prospective buyers. Your home should look as clean and attractive as a model home that the perspective buyer can see themselves living in for many years to come.
Here are a few easy and inexpensive staging tips that will make your home attractive to new home buyers and hopefully lead to a quick sale.
Inexpensive Tips for Staging Your Home:
Get Rid of Clutter. The first thing you need to do to prepare your home to sell is to get rid of all the clutter and junk that you may have laying around, and that includes your garage. Rooms with fewer pieces of furniture make the room appear larger than it is. Professional stagers often take as much as half of the furniture out in an effort to open up the room and make it appear bigger. You may consider renting a storage unit while your home is on the market to store items that aren’t currently needed or to store extra furnishings.
Make a Small Room Appear Larger. One trick that stagers use for small rooms is to paint it the same color as an adjoining room. A small kitchen and adjacent dining room will look bigger if they are the same light shade. Using the same color drapery as the walls is another trick to make a small room appear larger.
Neutral Colors. While we all have our own personal taste, when you’re selling a home it’s best to cover up bright and bold colored walls with a fresh coat of neutral colored paint in off white, beige and tan. Very light blues and soft greens work well too.
Remove Personal Items. You should de-personalize your house by removing personal items like family heirlooms and photos. You want perspective buyers to think of your home as their home, and it’s difficult for them to imagine themselves living in your home if it’s full of your memories.
Clean, Clean, Clean. No one wants to walk into a dirty home that smells like a wet dog that has stains on the carpet. Remember, anyone serious about buying your home will look under kitchen and bathroom cabinets for leaks, so everything from top to bottom should be sparkling clean. A dirty, smelly home will turn a buyer off immediately. Have your rugs and furniture professionally cleaned and get regular cleaning service keeping your home spic-and-span throughout the time it is on the market.
Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal. The first impression your home will make will be when the perspective buyer and their Realtor pull into the driveway. Make sure that all children’s toys and bikes are neatly put away. Make sure garbage cans are put behind your gate and be sure to cut the lawn. If your home has rock, make sure there are no empty patches. Have a landscaper sculpt trees and bushes and trim any cactus, to make sure that your home makes an impressive first impression.
By following these inexpensive staging ideas, you will be making you home look more like a new model home.